Zucchini and celery give this chicken-and-bean salad a nice crunch. We like serving it over a bed of slightly bitter escarole and radicchio, but any type of salad greens will work. Recipe by Nancy Baggett for EatingWell. Source: EatingWell Magazine, May/June 2010

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Ingredients

Vinaigrette
Salad

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • To prepare vinaigrette: Peel the garlic and smash with the side of a chef's knife. Using a fork, mash the garlic with 1/4 teaspoon salt in a small bowl to form a coarse paste. Whisk in 5 tablespoons oil. Add 6 tablespoons orange juice, vinegar and mustard; whisk until well blended. Taste and whisk in up to 4 tablespoons more juice to mellow the flavor; season with more salt, if desired. Set aside at room temperature.

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  • To prepare salad: Combine beans, chicken, zucchini (and/or summer squash), celery, cheese and sun-dried tomatoes (if using) in a large bowl until well blended. Add chopped basil and 3/4 cup vinaigrette; toss until combined. Taste and season with salt and/or pepper, if desired.

  • Toss the remaining vinaigrette with escarole (or romaine) and radicchio in a medium bowl. Serve the salad on the greens, garnished with fresh basil leaves.

Tips

Make Ahead Tip: Prepare through Step 2 (omitting basil), cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days. Stir in chopped basil just before serving.

To poach chicken breasts, place about 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts in a medium skillet or saucepan. Add lightly salted water to cover and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat and simmer gently until chicken is cooked through and no longer pink in the middle, 10 to 15 minutes.

Ricotta salata and halloumi are both firm, salted cheeses that can be found at large supermarkets and cheese shops.

Nutrition Facts

428 calories; total fat 22.9g 35% DV; saturated fat 4.8g; cholesterol 79mg 26% DV; sodium 647mg 26% DV; potassium 648mg 18% DV; carbohydrates 23.8g 8% DV; fiber 8.3g 33% DV; sugar 4g; protein 34.2g 68% DV; exchange other carbs 2; vitamin a iu 1499IU; vitamin c 28mg; folate 85mcg; calcium 120mg; iron 2mg; magnesium 55mg; thiaminmg.

Reviews (16)

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16 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 8
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
04/19/2019
I forgot the orange So I used lemon instead with 1/2tsp of sugar. Pretty good. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
04/21/2017
I ended up using 1/2 cup orange juice the sun-dried tomatoes (not oil packed) & Fat Free Crumbled Feta cheese. It was very good & very filling. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/08/2016
The dressing is strong so I didn't add any to the greens. I mixed the greens in with it and it turned out really good. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/23/2015
Easy healthy and fast lunch I made this for lunch the other day. Instead of eating it over greens I ate it in a pita. It was absolutely delicious. Pros: delicious easy to make had most of the ingredients in the house healthy Cons: You have to like vegetables therefore maybe not the best kids meal Read More
Rating: 4 stars
07/16/2015
Delicious and filling! I just had this for lunch and it was amazing! I subbed red and yellow bell pepper for the celery because it's what I had on hand. I also used spring mix for the lettuce. Only tossed a cup of the dressing with the bean and chicken mixture because another reviewer said it was overwhelming and I generally like less dressing. This was nice because it let me control the amount. I love how many variations are possible and also that I can make the mixture on Sunday and then put it on greens all week long. This will make for super easy lunches! Pros: Can make most ahead protein makes it filling easy delicious Cons: None Read More
Rating: 4 stars
08/20/2012
Really worthwhile! This was a great recipe! I left out the raw zucchini as I'm not fond of it. I used arugula and radicchio as the greens. I also made homemade Fresh Herbal Vinaigrette as the dressing. A good dressing can make or break a salad. Homemade is usually best. This recipe is a keeper! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/13/2012
Delicious www.lilabruk.co.za Pros: high protein Cons: i'd use different beans Read More
Rating: 3 stars
01/21/2012
Served it at Ladies Luncheon I substituted chopped ham for 1/3 of the chicken and used Paul Newman's Italian dressing with a clove of garlic and people did like it. One person asked for the recipe. Pros: Light in calories Cons: Light in flavor without ham Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I made it yesterday for dinner. My family absolutely loved it. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Made it because it was suppose to be low calorie. 400 calories isn't low in my opinion. Tasted good. It's more of a lunch recipe for the future. Not kid friendly. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Didn't stick strictly to the recipe - I did fiddle with it a little mostly due to availability of ingredients. Used crumble goat cheese (like chevre) instead of the cheeses listed and used spring greens instead of the romaine. Also used a balsamic vinaigrette (personal preference). Tasted great and was very filling. Will definitely make it again. Have forwarded the recipe on to friends. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This salad is really good - added two cans of white beans used radishes added extra celery used both zucchini and yellow summer squash did not use the sun dried tomatoes or the cheese when I served it added feta cheese as a garnish - you could easily modify this recipe - mango slices would be good - even perhaps apples - make it and see what you think. Enjoy. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I added mint leaves and decreased the amount of celery because I would like children to enjoy greens gradually. Celery is welcomed by adults but not kids. Also I added more mango just like what elong had done. Added goat cheese. Added some red beans for a little bit color. I would say that sprinkling lemon juice would be optional. Added walnuts too. Thank you for sharing this recipe and will definitely share this with relatives and friends as well this weekend. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Delectable. Made the following substitutions based on what was on hand and what we like: 1 c. shredded chicken cherry tomatoes instead of dried extra mozzarella in place of the feta and missing chicken a homegrown cucumber in place of the zucchini white balsamic and sherry vinegar in place of the wine vinegar and an extra garlic clove in the dressing. A delightful main course salad. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
I think i will try it for lunch it seems safe for children and adults from breanne Read More
Rating: 3 stars
10/29/2011
Fresh Flavors I have to admit I didn't love this salad as much as I thought I would when I read the recipe. I found the vinaigrette a bit overpowering and wasn't fond of the ricotta salata. Overall though the salad was flavorful and fresh. I would like to make it again with a few adjustments I think the feta would be nice in the salad and a lemon & olive oil dress might lighten up the flavor. Read More