Cilantro lime grilled chicken salad dressed with a warm coconut balsamic vinaigrette.
Cilantro lime grilled chicken is served over a bed of baby spinach / arugula, topped with sliced radishes, mango , avocado and some crushed roasted peanuts. Quick, easy, wholesome and a whole lotta flavor in one bowl.
Breezing through the salad section of any restaurant menu is something I almost always do. Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure the salads are great (or not) but for some reason, part of me feels like I’m wasting a meal if I go for a salad. Maybe I do that because I’d rather make the salad I want at home. Maybe I do that because paying an extra $$$ to add a piece of chicken , shrimp or salmon is not for my wallet. Ultimately, enjoying a homemade salad with all my favorite fixings is always the best route to take.
Picked up some boneless, skinless chicken thighs at our local market but chicken breasts will also work. Mangoes (when available) and avocados are usually a nice addition to my salads. That extra sweetness and good fats, we need ’em.
Grab a fresh bunch of cilantro, wash and trim the ends. Combine with garlic, scotch bonnet, ginger , chicken bouillon and salt. Crush or chop. Squeeze in juice from one lime, a tablespoon of olive oil and mix well. This is probably one of my favorite chicken marinade. You can also use this marinade for shrimp, which will be a great substitute if you’re pescatarian.
Wash and pad dry chicken, thoroughly mix with marinade. Use a wooden spoon or wear gloves because of the scotch bonnet pepper. Let chicken sit in marinade for about an hour, rotating about half way through. (refrigerate). Grill in a non stick pan or cast iron skillet until brown on each side and thoroughly cooked.
Think of the marinade, then imagine all the good brown bits stuck at the bottom of the pan. That’s where another highlight of this dish comes from, the warm coconut balsamic vinaigrette. A dash of coconut balsamic, a squeeze of lemon juice and you have yourself one delicious vinaigrette to accompany your salad. Strain to remove any big chunks if you wish but this is optional.
You can build the salad with your favorite greens and other fixings. Top salad with sliced chicken, mangoes, radish and avocado. Drizzle vinaigrette. Even though roasted peanuts is optional, it adds a nutty crunch that makes an even more delicious bit.
You’ll love this salad. Try, enjoy and share.