Chicken and White Bean Salad with Crispy Red Onions

I think I’ll stop complaining about the rain and my potager and my herb garden and all the other stuff.

We’re luckier than many – our roads are intact and the house is not buried in mud like these: Flooding in France.

The pilgrimage site at Lourdes was flooded for the second time in a year – and much worse this time.

Puts a lot of things in perspective…. Including my freshly grated thumb.

More about that later…..

For now – the lettuce likes the cool rainy weather.

And we like the lettuce.

Chicken and White Bean Salad with Crispy Red Onions

Total time: 25 minutes


  • 2 chicken breasts, boneless, skinless
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 sweet or red onion, sliced
  • 1 cup (8oz, 240gr) white beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/3 cup sliced green olives
  • 1 preserved lemon, rind sliced, pulp discarded
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • Lettuce for 2 main meal salads
  • Marinade for chicken
  • 1 tbs Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbs ketchup
  • 1 tbs red wine vinegar
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • “French” Vinaigrette
  • 2 tbs ketchup
  • 1 tbs red wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp Dijon-style mustard
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 3 tbs salad olive oil

Chicken and White Bean Salad


  • Make marinade, pour over chicken and set aside.
  • Sauté onions in olive oil over medium-high until crispy – being careful not to burn.
  • When done, remove and drain on paper towels
  • Make vinaigrette: Mix ketchup, vinegar and mustard; slowly add olive oil, whisking constantly.
  • Add sliced red pepper, beans and preserved lemon to vinaigrette; allow to marinate while the chicken cooks.
  • Cook chicken on barbecue grill until done. Remove and slice
  • Prepare lettuce and put in large salad bowl.
  • Combine marinated vegetables, olives lettuce and dressing. Toss well.
  • Arrange sliced chicken on salad and top with crispy onions.

School is almost out for summer.

One more week and vacation starts.

I’m looking forward to not having any homework to do for awhile.

On Tuesday, our last day, we get to play games all day. I suppose our teacher knows we’ll be too excited to concentrate.

We’re playing Scrabble.

I can fake a lot in conversations…. I won’t be able to fake my lack of (French) spelling ability in Scrabble.


After school we’re having a party – an Auberge Espagnol.

That’s what a potluck is called here…. translated as a ‘Spanish Inn’.

No one seems to know why…..

So much excitement, chez nous.

Happy First Day of Summer!

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