Grilled Chicken with Herbs and Arugula Salad with Raspberries

My daughter came for lunch today with all three of her beautiful children, not that I’m partial or anything like that! I thought the boys might like harvesting some lettuce and arugula for our salad. So, JD and I spent a little time poking around in the vegetable garden. I had the chicken marinating in some white wine, olive oil and a handful of herbs I picked earlier in the day.

I was inspired to make a salad with raspberries because of all the beautiful and delicious looking green salads I’ve seen lately with strawberries, nuts and goat cheese. I wanted to take a picture of the raspberries but JD loves them and I was lucky to have enough left over for the salad. This recipe is simple and can be made with what you have on hand in your pantry or garden.

Recipe ingredients and directions
Serves 4

4 skinless boneless chicken breasts, pounded to even thickness
1 large handful of herbs, chopped, I used sweet basil, marjoram and parsley
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 cup dry white wine
2 quarts lettuce and arugula
1 cup raspberries
1/2 cup macadamia nuts, chopped
1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese
4 tablespoons hazelnut oil
2 -3 teaspoons champagne vinegar
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Marinate the chicken in the herbs, olive oil and white wine for at least 3 hours. Salt and pepper before Grilling for a few minutes on each side, depending on how thin you pound out the breasts. Set aside to cool.

Place the lettuce and arugula in a large bowl. Whisk together the hazelnut oil, champagne vinegar, sea salt and freshly ground pepper to make the salad dressing. Toss the greens with the dressing. I serve this salad on each individual plate with the grilled chicken and sprinkle the raspberries, goat cheese and macadamia nuts on the greens.

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  1. Looks delicious! A couple of cute little guys too :)

  2. I thought the marinated chicken you made last night was fantastic. Apparently I need to spend more time at home when the grandchildren are in residence because they clearly stimulate your creativity.

  3. Nice! I'm excited to say I can pick my own salad now, too, and since it's farmers market time again, get my own goat cheese so I can try this, too. I need to get hazelnut oil…sounds sooooooo delish!

    P.S. Scott's comment above mine made me grin.

  4. Your grandkids are adorable! You must be a doting grandma :)

    It is so good to be able to harvest your own vegetables and fruits. They always taste so much better. The salad looks awesome and the chicken must be really tasty with the marinade.

  5. nothing like fresh herbs to bring out great flavors – and a nice refreshing salad paired with the grilled chicken, just great

  6. This looks wonderful! Nothing beats a fresh from the garden salad.

  7. Hey Patty, those little boys are adorable. They look like they could sprout wings and fly away-very cute. I'm 32 by the way with no children, so I love looking at photos of kids. I like them! It does kind of make me mad at my Cauldron Boy though-I'm starting to feel it (smile)!
    This looks like a great summer lunch by the way-perfect!

  8. This salad looks scrumptious and the boys look adorable!

  9. I stumbled upon your site today and just had to say hello. :) I LOVE the combination of arugula and berries. Even better that you can eat from the garden! ;-) [K]

  10. wow, goat cheese AND macadamia nuts?!? I'm in heaven!…

  11. Yum! I've never combined raspberries and arugula, I imagine that must be so refreshing and good!

  12. Your grandchildren are beautiful! And what a great flavor combination in that salad. Yum!

  13. Patty- thanks for your kind words on my blog! I looked into moving to a new domain as well and have heard great things about this, but the more I looked into it I realized I wasn't interested in the time it can take! So I bought my own domain through blogger, which was $10 for the year (the cheapest I found) and they do ALL the work and your readers never even know as they get directly transferred to the new site!

  14. Patty, the boys are adorable and look really happy. What a healthy lunch you provided to them. They are lucky boys.

    It's so nice to grow your own vegetables and herbs!

  15. Adorable kids:) How lucky for you both on the closeness of your family and your backyard vegetable garden. I love your recipe specially the salad. It sounds like such a great combination of flavors. Nice photos too.

  16. Lovely salad, fresh and fragrant composition, perfect for those summer days (not in San Francisco though)! Cute grand kids!

  17. What a wonderful photo of a very refreshing dish. Would not have thought of marrying the chicken with the raspberry…an idea I'm sure to use when our raspberries will be more in season.
    BTW…I can't blame you for showing off those beautiful children. They make your garden look even nicer than it already was!
    Thanks for sharing a slice of your life.
    Flavourful wishes, Claudia

  18. Those little boys ARE lovely !!
    I love your dish !!
    Un beso,

  19. Hi Patty, what a sweet photo of the boys and a beautiful salad!! I'll have to think about what you can bring for your charity event. Thank you for stopping by my blog!!

  20. That's a lovely dish, loved the raspberries addition it looks so pretty. And the boys are adorable. Beautiful family.

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