This light and tangy summer salad combines the smoky flavor of grilled chicken with the crunch and sweetness of apples and grapes. Serve it with croissants or another type of sweet, buttery bread. The salad also works well as a sandwich filling.

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

Directions

  • To make the marinade, mix 1/2 cup lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, and red pepper flakes together in a bowl.

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  • Place the chicken breasts on a flat surface, and cut from one side through the middle of the breasts to within one half inch of the other side. Open the two sides and spread them out flat like an open book. Place in a shallow dish, and pour the olive oil mixture over the chicken, turning once to coat evenly with marinade. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

  • To make the dressing, mix the sour cream, mayonnaise, vinegar, and 1/4 cup lemon juice together in a bowl, and blend thoroughly. Set aside.

  • Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat. Lightly oil grill grate, and place about 4 inches from heat source.

  • Remove chicken from marinade, and discard marinade. Cook chicken on preheated grill, turning once, until meat is firm, and juices run clear, about 4 to 5 minutes per side. Remove chicken from grill, and cool. Finely chop chicken, and place in a large bowl.

  • Add the grapes, apples, celery, tarragon, and dill to the bowl with the chicken. Stir in the mayonnaise dressing, and toss until ingredients are evenly coated. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve immediately, or refrigerate overnight to let flavors blend further.

Nutrition Facts

338 calories; 22.1 g total fat; 64 mg cholesterol; 221 mg sodium. 17.2 g carbohydrates; 19.5 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
09/15/2007
This was an incredible chicken salad. It had a lot of flavor and was excellent served on a croissant. I added a few walnuts for extra crunch. I took the leftovers for lunch the next day and it was still crunchy and wonderful tasting. Thanks for a new favorite recipe! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
07/06/2010
This was VERY tart. I would omit the vinegar all together next time. It had potential though. Read More
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27 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 19
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 4
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Rating: 5 stars
09/15/2007
This was an incredible chicken salad. It had a lot of flavor and was excellent served on a croissant. I added a few walnuts for extra crunch. I took the leftovers for lunch the next day and it was still crunchy and wonderful tasting. Thanks for a new favorite recipe! Read More
(10)
Rating: 5 stars
09/15/2007
This was an incredible chicken salad. It had a lot of flavor and was excellent served on a croissant. I added a few walnuts for extra crunch. I took the leftovers for lunch the next day and it was still crunchy and wonderful tasting. Thanks for a new favorite recipe! Read More
(10)
Rating: 5 stars
01/16/2008
I wanted to try this recipe because the chicken is grilled and wow did it make a difference! This is definitely my new favorite summer salad. I spread it on mini croissants for finger sandwiches at a party and it was a HUGE hit--they were the first thing to go from the buffet table. I reserved some leftovers for myself and it was even better the next day after the flavors had melded. I didn't use nuts since I was making it for a group but I think they would go great in it too. Thanks for a great recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/30/2009
Made this to use up some grapes. Didn't make the dressing use mayo instead and grilled chicken leftovers. Very good---loved the combo of apples grapes dill and tarragon w/ the chicken a winner for sure! Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/27/2008
Really good just a little bit of spice to the chicken but the dressing really cools it down. I have found that I usually don't need as much dressing as the recipe calls for I guess it depends on how much mayo you normally like in your salad. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/19/2010
Awesome. Dried tarragon works just as well and I used raisins in a pinch. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
07/06/2010
This was VERY tart. I would omit the vinegar all together next time. It had potential though. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
04/20/2011
Good but I would omit the vinegar next time...way too tangy for my taste. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/06/2009
This is a good recipe but I think it is a bit too tangy with 1/4 C. vinegar and it distracts from the other fresh ingredients. I increased the amount of chicken and there still seemed to be too much sauce. I enjoyed the unique flavors! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/23/2008
This was awesome I added a few Pecans but thats the only thing I did different. Will make again and again!!! Read More
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