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Wild rice-chicken salad with lime-dill vinaigrette

Published On: Apr 26 2012 12:27:24 PM CDT
Updated On: Jan 24 2011 04:58:14 AM CST
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Makes 4 servings

This salad is best made with grilled chicken, which you can cook in advance while the wild rice cooks.

For the salad

1 tablespoon olive oil

16 ounces boneless, skinless chicken breasts

Dash freshly ground pepper

2 cups cooked wild rice

1 cup coarsely shredded carrot

½ cup diced cucumber

½ cup diced red bell pepper

2 scallions, chopped

1 tablespoon minced fresh flat-leaf parsley

For the vinaigrette

¼ cup white rice vinegar

¼ cup fresh lime juice

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 tablespoon snipped fresh dill or 1 teaspoon dried dill

½ teaspoon pepper, or to taste

¼ teaspoon sugar

To complete the salad

12 leaves soft greens such as Boston lettuce

Halved cherry tomatoes and toasted chopped pecans for garnish

Brush the chicken with oil and grill for about 5 minutes per side, or until thoroughly cooked. Transfer the chicken to a plate and sprinkle with pepper; set aside.

Meanwhile, toss together the rice, carrot, cucumber, red pepper, scallions, and parsley in a medium bowl.

In a small bowl or measuring cup, whisk together the vinaigrette ingredients. Taste and adjust the seasoning.

Add ¼ cup of the vinaigrette to the rice mixture and toss.

When ready to serve, spoon the rice mixture onto 4 plates lined with soft lettuce leaves. Slice the chicken diagonally into thin strips; arrange atop the rice. Drizzle with the remaining vinaigrette and serve immediately.

Advance preparation

Grill the chicken and prepare the rice mixture in advance; cover and refrigerate separately. Assemble the salads and drizzle with the remaining dressing just before serving.