Summer Salads for Supper

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Kim Kirchherr, MS, RD, LDN, CDE Jewel-Osco Dietitian

Summer is perfect for enjoying colorful, crisp, fruits and vegetables. They are refreshing due to their high water content, delicious, and easy to prepare – especially since you don’t have to cook them! Salads are a great way to plan a balanced, delicious meal – start with your favorite greens, and summer veggies like bell pepper and tomato, then add leftover grilled shrimp, chicken or lean meat. Sweeten the greens with fruits and you have 3 out of five food groups. Remember to pay extra attention to the “extras” like croutons and dressings so calories stay in check. Need some inspiration? Here’s a tasty recipe to try tonight!

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Grilled Chicken & Spinach Salad

Prep Time: 15 minutes + marinating
Cook Time: 10-12 minutes
Amount: 4 servings

1 pound Jewel® Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
1 cup Culinary Circle® Applewood Honey Mustard Marinade, divided
3 Tree Ripe white nectarines, halved, pits removed
1 (5 ounce) package wild harvest® Fresh Baby Spinach Leaves
1 pint fresh raspberries
4 ounces reduced fat blue cheese, crumbled
½ cup walnut pieces, toasted


    1. Place chicken and ½ cup marinade in a 1-gallon recloseable food storage bag; seal. Toss to coat. Place in refrigerator and marinate 30 minutes or up to overnight.

    2. Prepare grill to medium heat. Remove chicken from bag; discard bag. Place chicken on grill; grill, turning once, 10-12 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 170°F on an instant read thermometer, brushing with additional marinade as needed.

    3. Place nectarine halves, face down, on grill about 5 minutes after chicken. Grill until caramelized, turning once (about 5 minutes), brushing with additional marinade occasionally.

    4. Slice chicken and nectarines. Toss spinach with ¼ cup marinade. Add raspberries, blue cheese and walnuts; gently toss. Divide salad among 4 dinner plates. Top each salad with chicken and nectarines.

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