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Chopped salad with grapes and mint

This is Week #17 of my 2011 cooking challenge! Click here to view all recipes from this challenge. All recipes created for this challenge come from the Food and Wine Annual Cookbook 2010: An Entire Year of Recipes.

I made this chopped salad on Sunday and I have had it for lunch every day since. Well, except for yesterday when I met my husband for sushi only to return to work to find that roasted chicken, glazed carrots and mashed potatoes had been brought in by the company. My intention was to take just a teeny sampling of the food because, goodness, I had just eaten lunch. But my "sampling" turned into an entire heaping plate of food, which I had no problem stuffing into my face. Then someone said to me, "You have to try the carrot cake!" I do? Ok. So I tried the carrot cake. And then my belly hurt until dinner, which I wasn't at all hungry for.

So aside from that ridiculous double-lunching day, I have been enjoying this salad for my lunches all week. It's the absolute perfect lunch, packed with flavor and nutrients and it didn't leave me feeling either hungry or full. I'm pretty sure I emptied the salad bowl this morning, so tomorrow I'll be back to Ramen noodles. Wooo.

In a large bowl, combine:

1 heart of romaine, coarsely chopped

1 pint grape tomatoes, halved

1 medium cucumber, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch dice

1 small red onion, cut into 1/4-inch dice

1 cup corn kernels

1 cup diced cooked chicken (I used meat from a Rotisserie chicken)

1/2 cup green grapes, halved

1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled

2 tablespoons fresh mint, finely chopped

2 tablespoons fresh basil, finely chopped

Salt and freshly ground pepper

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

Toss all ingredients together and serve!

By the way, I combined the ingredients for the dressing separately since I knew I would be eating the salad over the course of a few days.

I loved it! Totally delicious!

Click here for a printable recipe!

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Reader Comments (12)

This looks AMAZING!

Oh my! This looks DELICIOUS!! Good for you for diving into something so healthy and crisp looking! I'm still in my comfort food coma since spring has not reared it's beautiful head yet! Oh, and good for you for double lunching it! :-) It sounds like it was well worth the belly ache!!

Thanks for visiting my blog...thought I'd pop in in check your blog out. Love it! Great pictures, and this salad? Perfect for the 90-degree weather we're already having here in Texas!!

Oh man that looks delicious!!! I love salads like this, bookmarking this one to make asap!!

04.27.2011 | Unregistered CommenterThe Farmers Wife

LOL... love the story!

I love salads like this... packed with so many goodies! This sounds like a great lunch!

04.27.2011 | Unregistered CommenterDana

This salad looks so fresh and beautiful! Love your photos too!

This salad looks amazing :) I'll have to make this :) LOL I hear you on the sampling ;)

04.27.2011 | Unregistered CommenterFirefly

Oh man, I know exactly how those double-lunching days go. The salad looks perfect, as soon as spring decides to make its way over to Seattle, I'll be trying it for sure! Lovely photos too!

04.27.2011 | Unregistered Commentersarah

I adore a good chopped salad - especially with some chicken and sharp cheese. It is my weekly indulgence - this variation is grand and I am thinking it will make its way to my dinner table this week.

04.28.2011 | Unregistered CommenterClaudia

Mmm...that's a pretty sexy looking salad! Fresh and light and super yummy :) Well done! Well done on the double-lunching as well. Impressive!

And, yup. I do live in the Cayman Islands. Pretty tragic, huh? ;)

04.28.2011 | Unregistered CommenterParsley Sage

Fresh and lovely salad! Double lunching, well you probably want something lighter for dinner :)

04.28.2011 | Unregistered CommenterMagic of Spice

This seriously looks divine .. absolutely perfect and so fresh !

04.29.2011 | Unregistered Commenterkankana

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