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dinner irl: “diy” dinner salad

This is a good one.

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I’ve been serving this dinner up for almost 15 years now – and if you make it you’ll understand why, as there is much to love.

To start, this meal is served “deconstructed style” – so it not only looks pretty, it allows for everyone to take the items he or she likes best. This is perfect for families that have varying tastes and preferences (aka, EVERY FAMILY).

It is also super adaptable – you can literally add, subtract or swap ingredients to create your perfect salad – making it easy to keep in regular rotation without groans of “this again?” from your crew.

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Finally, it is super easy. You can prep the vinaigrette and most of the ingredients in advance, and assemble just before serving. I love making this on a Sunday or Monday, as the leftovers make a perfect lunch.

How would you create the perfect dinner salad?

DIY Dinner Salad
adapted from Everyday Food

1/3 cup white wine vinegar
1/4 cup Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons honey
1/2 cup olive oil
1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
8 – 10 bacon slices, cooked and cut into 1″ pieces
3 romaine hearts, chopped into bite-sized pieces
8 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
4 plum tomatoes, halved lengthwise and cut crosswise 1/2″ thick
1 avocado, halved, pitted and cut into chunks

Place the vinegar, mustard, honey, salt and pepper in a small jar – shake to combine. Add the olive oil and shake again (can be made up to 2 weeks ahead; refrigerate till ready to use and give it a shake to recombine).

Place the chicken into a large ziploc bag and toss with a few tablespoons of the vinaigrette – refrigerate for about an hour.

Pre-heat your grill to medium-high. Remove chicken from marinade (discard the marinade) and grill till cooked through. Transfer to a cutting board, and when cool enough to handle slice thinly crosswise.

Arrange the chicken, bacon, romaine, feta, tomatoes and avocado on a large platter. Season with salt and pepper and serve, passing the dressing separately.

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This delicious recipe brought to you by Sheri Silver
https://sherisilver.com/2019/07/05/dinner-irl-diy-dinner-salad/

More great dinner ideas can be found on my Pinterest board!

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