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Chicken and White Bean Salad

Source: © EatingWell Magazine
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Active Time:  25 Minutes
Total Time:  25 Minutes
  4 servings, about 2 cups each
Zucchini and celery give this chicken-and-bean salad a nice crunch. We like serving it over a bed of slightly bitter escarole and radicchio, but any type of salad greens will work. Recipe by Nancy Baggett for EatingWell.

Make Ahead Tip: Prepare through Step 2 (omitting basil), cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days. Stir in chopped basil just before serving.
RECIPE INGREDIENTS
For Vinaigrette:
1 medium clove  garlic
1/4 teaspoon  salt
5 tablespoons  extra-virgin olive oil
6 tablespoons  fresh orange juice, plus more to taste
1/4 cup white-wine vinegar or red-wine vinegar
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
For Salad:
One 15-ounce can cannellini or other white beans, rinsed and drained
2 1/2 cups diced cooked chicken breast (see Tip)
2 cups diced zucchini and/or summer squash (about 2 small)
1 1/2 cups diced celery
1/4 cup  finely diced ricotta salata, halloumi (see Shopping Tip, above) or feta cheese
1/3 cup chopped, well-drained, oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes (optional)
1 cup coarsely chopped fresh basil, plus whole basil leaves for garnish
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste (optional)
2 cups torn escarole or romaine lettuce
2 cups torn radicchio leaves

Tip: To poach chicken breasts, place about 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts in a medium skillet or saucepan. Add lightly salted water to cover and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat and simmer gently until chicken is cooked through and no longer pink in the middle, 10 to 15 minutes. Ricotta salata and halloumi are both firm, salted cheeses that can be found at large supermarkets and cheese shops.
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DIRECTIONS
To prepare vinaigrette: Peel the garlic and smash with the side of a chef’s knife. Using a fork, mash the garlic with 1/4 teaspoon salt in a small bowl to form a coarse paste. Whisk in 5 tablespoons oil. Add 6 tablespoons orange juice, vinegar and mustard; whisk until well blended. Taste and whisk in up to 4 tablespoons more juice to mellow the flavor; season with more salt, if desired. Set aside at room temperature.


To prepare salad: Combine beans, chicken, zucchini (and/or summer squash), celery, cheese and sun-dried tomatoes (if using) in a large bowl until well blended. Add chopped basil and 3/4 cup vinaigrette; toss until combined. Taste and season with salt and/or pepper, if desired.


Toss the remaining vinaigrette with escarole (or romaine) and radicchio in a medium bowl. Serve the salad on the greens, garnished with fresh basil leaves.


Recipe reprinted by permission of © EatingWell Magazine. All rights reserved.
Date Added: 05/01/2010
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Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   4 servings, about 2 cups each
Calories: 428
Fat. Total: 23g
Protein: 34g
Carbohydrates, Total: 24g
Fat, Saturated: 5g
Fiber: 8g
Cholesterol: 79mg
Sodium: 667mg
% Cal. from Fat: 48%
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Rating: 5
by: Jenny, NY Reviewed: 08/16/2013
It's a keeper
This dish is a great and nutritious substitute for traditional chicken salad. It was such a big hit with my family,that I made it for a cooking class.
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