This grilled chicken and watermelon salad is a healthy salad that you can enjoy anytime. The sweetness of the watermelon works perfectly with the baby kale to soften the flavors of the kale.
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Summer is here and I have been busily working on recipes that don't involve using my stove or oven. It is just too hot this summer so my grill and I are becoming really good friends lately.
If you have been following me for a while, you know I am not into fast foods, chemicals, or anything unnatural in my food. My kids joke that I am a nutrition ninja :-). This easy grilled chicken salad with watermelon is a delicious lunch or dinner.
Watermelon is fresh, juicy, and summer is the peak season for fresh watermelon. Watermelon is good in so many different recipes, both sweet and savory. It makes a delicious chilled watermelon soup. You can even spike a watermelon and make cocktails at your next party!
Fresh baby kale is delicious and when it is small, it is slightly sweet. I find that my kids are definitely more open to eating baby kale vs the larger more bitter leaves.
Can you use regular kale?
You can easily use regular kale in this recipe but you need to prep it so that it isn't bitter. My secret to delicious kale is kale massage. I will give you a few minutes to stop laughing so I can explain :-).
Kale leaves can be very bitter. When you rub (aka massage) the leaves to soften them, it breaks up the bitter flavor inside. Trust me, just try it!
There are many ways you could cook the chicken for this chicken salad recipe. I like to grill my chicken, but you can also use baked chicken, roasted chicken, or boiled chicken for this chicken salad.
This salad is really easy to make and is ready in under 30 minutes! This is the perfect summer salad, and it is great for entertaining!
How to grill chicken on a gas grill:
Preheat your grill to 375 degrees and use the brush to clean the grill grate. I took the fresh boneless, skinless chicken breasts and added thyme, salt, and pepper. Next, rub olive oil on the chicken and then squeeze lime juice on top.
Place your chicken breasts on the grill and cook for 8 minutes each side. I keep the lid closed while it is cooking
⏲️ Grilling time:
You will know your chicken is done grilling when the internal temperature of each breast is 165 degrees.
Remove from the grill and place foil over the chicken for 10 minutes to allow it to rest.
Can you use baked chicken?
Yes, you can definitely bake your chicken if you prefer. Preheat your oven to 35 degrees F and brush the chicken with oil and add salt and pepper. Put your chicken in a baking dish and bake for 30 minutes, or until your chicken has an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.
Slice the chicken and place on top of the watermelon and baby kale. Drizzle with dressing, feta, and fresh mint.
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Grilled Chicken and Watermelon over Baby Kale
- 3 chicken breasts
- 1 cup watermelon
- 1 package organic baby kale
- 1/4 cup feta cheese
- 3 tablespoons fresh mint sliced thinly
- 2 tablespoons olive oil + olive oil to coat chicken
- 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon lime juice
- lime juice to squeeze over the raw chicken
- thyme salt, and pepper to taste
- Turn grill on to heat up.
- Remove raw chicken breasts and put on a plate.
- Sprinkle salt, thyme, and pepper to taste on each side.
- Rub olive oil over chicken.
- Squeeze a lime over the chicken to add lime flavor.
- Put chicken breasts on grill to cook.
- Put baby kale into a salad bowl.
- Top with watermelon chunks.
- Place cooled chicken breast slices onto salad.
- Top with fresh mint and feta cheese.
- In a small dish, combine lime juice, olive oil and vinegar.
- Mix and sprinkle over salad.
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