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Chicken and Lemon Summer Salad

If you are looking for the perfect summer salad, look no further. This tasty Chicken and Lemon Summer Salad is a gem – it’s crisp and refreshing, great to bring to a BBQ, and won’t leave you with the remorse of having indulged in one too many hot dogs.

Preparing this dish is a lot of fun – the zesty yellow lemons, bright and cheerful peppers, and aromatic cilantro all scream summer. Not to mention, all those fresh ingredients make the kitchen smell great without having to even turn on the stove!

I found the original recipe in a cookbook I picked up called Cooking Light Chicken Tonight! and I didn’t change much except added more cilantro (seriously, I’m obsessed) and included orange peppers to the vegetable mix. Helpful hint: to yield more juice from the lemons, microwave them for 30 seconds before juicing.

Chicken and Lemon Salad

Ingredients

Chicken:

  • 3/4 cup fresh lemon juice (about 4 lemons)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 (6-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • Cooking spray

Salad:

  • 1 cup sugar snap peas, trimmed
  • 1/2 cup each: red, yellow, orange bell pepper strips
  • 1 cup (1/4-inch-thick) slices zucchini
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Preparation

  1. To prepare chicken, combine the first 4 ingredients in a large zip-top plastic bag. Add chicken to bag, and seal. Marinate in the refrigerator 1 hour, turning occasionally.
  2. Prepare grill.
  3. Remove chicken from bag; discard marinade. Place chicken on a grill rack coated with cooking spray; grill 6 minutes on each side or until done. Cool completely; cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices.
  4. To prepare salad, cook peas in boiling water 30 seconds. Drain, and rinse with cold water. Drain. Combine peas and all remaining ingredients in a large bowl; add chicken, tossing to combine.
  5. Place 1 3/4 cups chicken salad on each of 4 plates. Serve with lemon wedges, if desired.
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A delicious dish for summer fun – black bean and corn salad!

Summer is always full of fun activities – this year we started off the season with a relaxing weekend on Lake Cobboseecontee in Maine. It’s such a calm and refreshing lake – with only a few boats going by here and there, it reminded me what quiet sounds like:

Ahh… peace and quiet!

Aside from spending time playing around the lake with family, I got in a nice long run on Saturday morning and started reading Catch-22, a book I feel a bit guilty about never having read as an English major. I didn’t bring a laptop and had very little cell service, so I wasn’t tempted to check in on work or obsessively play Words with Friends. Note to self: unplug more often!

No weekend away is complete without good food. One of the many (delicious) dishes we had during our stay was a very simple black bean and corn salad, put together by White Flour Catering out of Augusta. It was just the perfect light, citrus-y dish for a summer evening. I knew I needed to have the recipe, so I asked for the basics and then made a few adjustments of my own once I started putting it all together.

This didn’t take long to prepare and chances are, you have most of the ingredients at home already. I know cilantro is one of those ingredients that people either really love or really hate, so feel free to leave it out if it’s not your cup of tea.   

Black bean and corn salad, with just the right amount of cilantro!

Ingredients

  • 2 cans black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cans corn, drained
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 3 tbsp. lime juice
  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. ground red pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

Directions

  1. Combine ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Chill until ready to serve.

See… I told you it was easy! You can have it made and ready to go in just about 20 minutes, making this the perfect dish to take on summertime beach or boat adventures.

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