Grilled Chicken and Spinach Salad with Spicy Pineapple Dressing

Ivy Manning, Cooking Light JULY 2010


1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast
1 teaspoon chili powder
½ teaspoon salt
Cooking spray
1¼ cups (1-inch) cubed fresh pineapple (about 8 ounces), divided
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
4 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
½ teaspoon minced habanero pepper
1 large garlic clove
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
¾ cup julienne-cut peeled jicama
⅔ cup thinly sliced red bell pepper
½ cup thinly sliced red onion
1 (5-ounce) package fresh baby spinach (about 8 cups)

1. Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Place chicken between 2 sheets of plastic wrap, and pound to an even thickness using a meat mallet or small heavy skillet. Sprinkle both sides of chicken evenly with chili powder and salt. Lightly coat chicken with cooking spray. Add chicken to pan; cook for 3 minutes on each side or until done. Remove from pan; set aside.

2. Combine half of pineapple, cilantro, orange juice, vinegar, habanero, and garlic in a blender; process until smooth. With blender on, gradually add olive oil until blended.

3. Combine remaining pineapple, jicama, and the remaining ingredients in a large bowl. Drizzle with 3/4 cup dressing, and toss gently to coat. Divide salad evenly among 4 plates. Cut chicken across the grain into thin slices; divide chicken evenly over salads. Drizzle salads evenly with remaining 1/4 cup dressing.