Grilled Nectarine and Butter Lettuce Salad with Bacon and Pistachios

Grilled Nectarine and Butter Lettuce Salad with Bacon and Pistachios

Yield: 6 Servings
Cook/Prep Time: 30 to 60 minutes

How To Make

Yield: 6 Servings
Cook/Prep Time: 30 to 60 minutes

Ingredients

Spicy Nectarine Dressing

  • 1 large yellow nectarine, peeled and pitted
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons sherry or champagne vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

Salad

  • 2 large firm, but ripe, nectarines, pitted
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, flattened slightly
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 8 cups washed and torn butter lettuce, lightly packed
  • ⅓ cup shelled pistachios
  • 6 strips crisp-cooked bacon, crumbled
  • 2 green onions, sliced

Directions

Spicy Nectarine Dressing

  1. Combine all dressing ingredients in a blender or food processor and puree until smooth. Cover and chill until ready to serve.

Salad

  1. Cut each nectarine into 8 slices. Place on a well oiled grill over medium-high heat and cook for a few minutes on each side to lightly char.
  2. Season chicken with salt and pepper; place on grill and cook for about 5 minutes on each side or until cooked through. Let cool.*
  3. Place lettuce in a large salad bowl. Cut chicken into bite-size strips and add to bowl with pistachios, bacon, green onions and dressing; toss well. Add grilled nectarines and toss again lightly.

Recipe Notes

*Dressing, chicken and fruit may be made ahead and chilled for up to 1 day at this point.

Note: For a spicier flavor, sprinkle chicken lightly with cayenne pepper before grilling.

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