As temperatures climb, we crave the light, fresh flavors of summer. Lemon and basil are two of those addictive tastes and are key ingredients to making this dish pop!
Packing this salad with extra proteins, like pepitas and nutritional yeast, makes this meal satisfying, even as its taste leaves us wanting more. Mmmmm!
Ingredients: serves 4
4 chicken breasts; halved longwise
1 1/4c Panko plain breadcrumbs
3T nutritional yeast (for parmesan flavor and additional protein & vitamin Bs)
3 lemons’ zest (zest 3 lemons, then juice them for the dressing)
1 lemon; juiced (zest first, then save zest for dressing)
2t Herbs de Provence
2T oil (olive or avocado)
salt/pepper to taste (use black pepper generously)
pump, not aerosol, spray oil (Pam cooking spray with coconut oil)
5oz baby kale
5oz arugula lettuce
1 ½ c fresh basil; finely chopped
½# fresh Brussel sprouts; thinly sliced
1c green onion; diced
1 female red pepper; diced
1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes; halved
1c carrots; thinly sliced (I like rainbow carrots for color)
1c pepitas (a.k.a. pumpkin seeds)
Lemon Dressing –
1/3c plain (unseasoned) rice vinegar
1/2c fresh lemon juice (about 3)
1/3c canola or vegetable oil
1 garlic clove; minced
1 lemon zest
1. Trim chicken and place halves in a gallon Ziploc bag with all chicken ingredients. Massage until well coated. Place on greased cooking tray and spray pump oil top to top help crisp the breadcrumbs.
2. Bake at 350 for 20 min or until cooked through. Or air fry at 400 for 20min (flipping halfway through). Or pan fry in extra oil on medium heat until cooked through.
3. Prepare dressing – combine all ingredients in a bottle/bowl with lid & shake well until sugar dissolves or blend in food processor/blender.
4. Divide salad ingredients in fourths. Plate the salad in order from bottom up: lettuce, basil, Brussels, onion, pepper, tomatoes, carrots, pepitas. Drizzle dressing over salad. Place chicken on top and drizzle dressing over chicken. Serve immediately.
Cooking note – use a female pepper because they are sweeter and better for eating raw. Male peppers are better for cooking. Female peppers have 4 bumps on the bottom. Male peppers have 3 bumps. You can taste the difference! 😊