Mediterranean Chicken Salad

Easy, healthy Mediterranean style chicken salad! With olive oil, vinegar, olives, capers, onions and fresh herbs.
Ingredients

Main Course
  • 1/2 cup minced red onion
  • 2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Salt
  • 2  Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp capers
  • 3/4 cup mixed pitted deli olives, sliced
  • 1 pinch of red chile flakes
  • 1 Tbsp chopped fresh oregano or basil (or both!)
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • Black pepper to taste
  • Endive lettuce for appetizer boats, or chopped to add to the salad
  • Butter lettuce for lettuce cups
  • Fusilli pasta, about 1/4 pound dry for one batch of the salad (use gluten-free pasta for gluten-free option)

Dressing:
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 3 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 Tbsp dark sesame oil
  • 3 Tbsp vinegar
Directions
  • Marinate the onion in vinegar: Mix the minced onion with the vinegar in a bowl and set aside. This quick pickling will take the edge off of the onions.
  • Poach the chicken: Bring 1 1/2 quarts of water to a boil and add about 2 tablespoons of salt. Cut the chicken breasts in half crosswise and place them in the water. Reduce the heat to low and let the chicken cook very gently, at barely a simmer, for 10-15 minutes, until just cooked through.
  • Combine the other salad ingredients: While the chicken is cooking, mix the olive oil, capers, olives, chile flakes, and oregano in a large bowl.
  • Dice or shred the chicken: When the chicken is done, place it on a cutting board to cool. Add the onions to the bowl with the olives. Once the chicken has cooled enough to handle, cut it into dice or shred it.
  • Combine chicken, parsley, with other salad ingredients: Gently mix the chicken and parsley in with the olives. Add salt and black pepper to taste. Serve warm, at room temperature, or chilled.

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