Sunday, May 20, 2012

Beer, Wine and Grilled Chicken Salad

 We are on the brink of summer and outdoor living, so use your grill. GroceryOutlet has grilling supplies and tools, and I bet you can find one of those funny aprons in a drawer somewhere!
Grocery Outlet has a huge variety of beers  - imports, microbrews, IPAs....and of course the wine. For this menu I bought a nice Oregon Chardonnay for me to sip and enjoy while cooking. I love to sip while cooking with the radio on, it is a nice time to focus. When your brain is calm and focused it is happier. For the men in attendance this weekend I bought Snoqulamie Brewing Company beer for my pals.
Taking time to cut and dice, instead of buying prepared sauces and mixes can be an enjoyable way to spend the afternoon.
Grocery Outlet had a great meat selection - I like chicken, steaks, or the turkey sausage on sale this week!
Here, smokey charred chicken combines with bright peas and herbs in a salad that's fresh and hearty. Grilling the chicken ahead of time makes it even easier to put together.
1/4 cup olive oil
3/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
4 clovees garlic, minced
one chicken, grilled outdoors, creating grill envy on your street
2 cups peas, fresh or frozen
1 minced shallot or small onion
3 tablesppons dijon mustard
1 cup fresh mint leaves, chopped
1 or 2 head of butter or bibb lettuce. Grocery Outlet has had this lettuce with the roots still on, a very fresh treat.
Whisk together oil, half the lemon juice and half the garlic, pour over chicken.
Boil pot of water, and when roiling boil toss in peas for two minutes, you don't want to overcook peas. Drain and put in cool water to stop the cookiung process, it is called s'arrette in French. This also helps retain the color.
Grill the chicken for 25 minutes or so.
Whisk together the remaining ingredients in a medium bowl. Arrange the lettuce minute and peas on a large serving platter. Dice the chicken and toss in the dressing mixture, and pour remaining mixture over salad. Et voila, a perfect outdoor meal!

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