Alfresco Chicken-Wild Rice Salad

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Main Ingredient: Grains
Serves: 4

This family-style composed salad pairs tender spirals of chicken and California wild rice with the bright flavors of the Mediterranean.

Ingredients

2 cups spinach or leaf lettuce, torn into bite-sized pieces
Chicken Spirals (recipe follows)
11⁄2 cups cooked California wild rice
1⁄2 cup thinly sliced green onions
8 kalamata olives, pitted and chopped
1 jar marinated artichoke hearts (8 oz.), drained
2-3 oz. feta cheese, crumbled
1 small cucumber, sliced
12 cherry tomatoes, halved

Chicken spirals:
4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
Salt and pepper
1⁄2 cup finely chopped green onions
2 tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
1⁄2 tsp. grated lemon rind

Lemon Dill Dressing:
1⁄2 cup olive oil
1⁄4 cup each red wine vinegar and lemon juice
1 tsp. each dill weed and dried oregano

Steps

Chicken spirals:

1. Pound chicken breasts to 1⁄4-in. thickness. Season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with green onions, parsley, and lemon rind.

2. Roll up chicken breasts from short end; place seam side down, 1-in. apart, on greased baking sheet.

3. Bake at 350°F for 18-20 min., until chicken is opaque. Do not overcook.

4. Remove from oven and set aside. Cut each Chicken Roll into 6 slices.

Lemon Dill Dressing:

Combine all ingredients in a jar and shake well. Adjust seasonings to taste. Set aside.

 

Presentation:

Line a platter or large, shallow bowl with spinach or lettuce. In separate piles on top, arrange chicken spirals, wild rice, green onions, olives, artichoke hearts, feta cheese, cucumber slices, and tomatoes. Pass dressing at table.