Chicken Salad, Niçoise-Style

Chicken Salad

I was thinning my purple and green basil and decided the sprouts would be great in a salad. I swirled them in water to clean the roots and sprinkled them on top. Perfect taste of summer!


  • 6oz (180gr) green or yellow beans, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 10oz (300gr) potatoes, cut into bite-size pieces (about 2 small-medium)
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 avocado, cut into chunks
  • 8 cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • 8 mozzarella balls, cut in half
  • big handfull of basil sprouts
  • lettuce for 2 main meal salads
  • 2 chicken breasts
  • Marinade:
  • 2 tbs tarragon wine vinegar
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 2 tbs Dijon-style mustard
  • Vinaigrette:
  • 4 tbs salad olive oil
  • 3 tbs white Balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbs Dijon-style mustard
  • 1 tbs snipped fresh chives 


  • Mix all ingredients for marinade. Spoon over chicken and allow to marinate for 10 minutes.
  • Cook on barbecue grill until done, 12 – 15 minutes, depending on heat and size of breasts.
  • Remove and let rest for 5 minutes.
  • Slice.
  • Heat 1 tbs olive oil in a medium skillet.
  • Add potatoes and sauté until nicely browned, about 15 minutes.
  • Remove and set aside. 
  • Put beans into a small skillet or saucepan. 
  • Add in inch of water, cover and cook on medium heat just until tender, 8 – 10 minutes.
  • Drain and set aside.
  • Vinaigrette: 
  • Whisk vinegar and mustard.
  • Slowly whisk in oil and whisk until it emulsifies. 
  • Add chives to vinaigrette, whisking to combine.
  • To finish: 
  • Put lettuce onto a large salad bowl and toss with half of the vinaigrette. 
  • Divide into 2 plates or individual salad bowls.
  • Arrange half the chicken in the center of each salad.
  • Add the beans, avocado, potatoes, tomatoes, and mozzarella around the chicken. 
  • Drizzle with a little vinaigrette.
  • Sprinkle basil sprouts on top.
  • Serve with remaining vinaigrette on the side.


Substitute regular fresh basil leaves for the sprouts, tearing as needed.


Keywords: grilled chicken, salads, main course salads

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