This Grilled Chicken & Pear Salad with Lemon Basil Vinaigrette will be a favorite for grilling all year long – grilled chicken and pears are tossed with fresh veggies and peppery arugula in a delicious and easy lemon basil vinaigrette that’s made from scratch!
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When Pompeian reached out to see what recipe magic I could whip up with their Extra Virgin Olive Oil, I wanted a recipe that would carry the buttery flavor throughout while not being too heavy for summer. It’s National Olive Oil month and Pompeian is encouraging everyone to lose the butter. No problem – I love using olive oil, in fresh and cooked preparations and especially with my summer salads. There’s nothing that beats a homemade vinaigrette, in my opinion. The main component of a great vinaigrette – a fabulous olive oil.
Do you ever have a dish that has you thinking “I so need to recreate that at home“? That was my dilemma a few weeks ago. We have this local restaurant near the 9to9 that has some killer salads and, recently, I had one of their salads which had pears, chicken and a lemon basil vinaigrette. It was soooo good but I was thinking “I know I can make that with a bit of a spin” and it hit me – I’d use freshly grilled pears along some peppery arugula. I’d also carry the lemon flavors throughout with a lemony marinade for the chicken and that would also be grilled. I’d drizzle the salad with a fresh lemon basil vinaigrette and top it with my favorite cheese – a salty, crumbly ricotta salata. Southern Living had a fabulous vinaigrette recipe that I jazzed up and it’s full of fresh summer flavors.
This Grilled Chicken and Pear Salad with Lemon Basil Vinaigrette is the ultimate summer salad my friends!…