30 Minute Grilled Chicken Artichoke Salad

When I first moved to Knoxville, I was excited to try all the new restaurants! Since I am a bit of a foodie, I wanted to try Central Flats and Taps, one of the highest rated restaurants in Knoxville and a place my friends raved about. So on date night my hubby and I tried it out. Dan fell in love with their spicy hot wings and I swooned over their Grilled Chicken and Artichoke Salad (they call it the Spicy Chicken Salad). It was so simple and fresh I was pretty sure I could recreate it at home and save some moo-lah.

I was right! I was able to make this scrumptious salad and the chicken to go with it in under 30 minutes and for a fraction of the cost. Though I love date night and having someone else wash the dishes, I was excited to make something at home that tasted so “restaurant quality.” Let me show you how I made it: 

The Salad

This is super simple: just lettuce and cucumber. I used a bag of spring mix and then diced a cucumber with the skin still on. Later on you’ll need a can of drained artichokes and some roasted red peppers. I bought them in a jar from Mezzetta’s.

The Chicken

This step is also really easy: 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts put into a ziplock bag and smothered in Italian dressing. Use as much dressing as you like. I think I used about 3/4 cup to 1 cup. I let it marinade for about 10-15 minutes but you could leave it for up to an hour.

Heat up your skillet with 2 Tablespoons of olive oil and then grill the chicken. I used my cast iron skillet since it is well seasoned, but you could easily use a large saute pan, grill pan, or outdoor BBQ. Cook the chicken for about 5-7 minutes on each side or until the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees.

grilled chicken and artichoke salad

Remove the chicken and let it rest a few minutes while you prepare the rest of the salad. When you’re done, cut it into slivers.

grilled chicken and artichoke salad

For each plate I took a generous portion of greens and topped it with roasted red bell peppers and artichokes. Then I sprinkled on feta cheese. Blue cheese also tastes wonderful on this grilled chicken and artichoke salad.

The Dressing

The standard ratio for a vinaigrette dressing is 3 parts oil to 1 part vinegar. You can dress it up with fancy ingredients like grainy mustard, shallots, or your favorite herbs. But I like my balsamic vinaigrette simple. I whisked up 3 Tablespoons of olive oil, 1 Tablespoon of balsamic vinegar, and a pinch of kosher salt and fresh ground pepper (maybe a 1/8 tsp of each). Bada bing, bada boom..DONE! Whisk it up and pour a little over your grilled chicken and artichoke salad.

If you want to make a large batch of this dressing and keep it in the fridge for salads throughout the week, try this proportion and shake it in a mason jar:

3/4 cup olive oil + 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar + 1/2 tsp Kosher salt + 1/2 tsp ground pepper + optional add-ins = SUPER YUMMY BALSAMIC VINAIGRETTE!

Optional add-ins could be minced garlic, herbs (such as oregano or basil), shallots, honey, brown sugar, red pepper flakes, etc.

grilled chicken and artichoke salad

And there you have it! A beautiful, healthy, and restaurant quality grilled chicken and artichoke salad in 30 minutes! My family and I enjoyed the salads with Copycat Starbucks Black Tea Lemonade and M&M Peanut Butter Bars for dessert.

I think this salad would also be great to serve to a large dinner party or at a backyard BBQ. Toss it last minute with the balsamic dressing so it doesn’t get soggy. Is this a salad you think you’ll try? Leave me a comment below and let me know! Happy cooking y’all!

30 Minute Grilled Chicken Artichoke Salad

This healthy and flavorful salad is perfect for family dinner or your next potluck. Make a large portion of the balsamic vinaigrette to enjoy all week.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Author: Heidi Davison

Ingredients

  • 1 bag spring mix
  • 1 cucumber diced
  • 15 oz can artichokes drained and chopped
  • 15 oz jar roasted red peppers drained
  • 6 oz crumbled feta or blue cheese
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup Italian dressing
  • For the vinaigrette:
  • 3/4 cup olive oil + 2 Tbsp for grilling chicken
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Marinate chicken in Italian dressing for atleast 10 minutes.
  • Heat 2 Tbsp olive oil in skillet and grill chicken breasts 5-7 minutes each side or until done.
  • Remove chicken from heat and let rest. Slice in slivers for salads.
  • Assemble salads with greens, artichokes, red peppers, chicken, and cheese.
  • Pour vinaigrette ingredients into mason jar or cup with lid and shake.
  • Pour desired amount of dressing on each salad and refrigerate the rest.

Notes

If you want to make a smaller amount of vinaigrette, use 3 Tbsp oil, 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar, and salt and pepper to taste.If serving a crowd, toss and dress the salad last minute so the lettuce doesn't become soggy.

 

This grilled chicken and artichoke salad is a recreation of a salad from one of my favorite Southern restaurants. It is easy, healthy, and takes only 30 minutes! The salad includes artichokes, roasted red peppers, and feta cheese. There is also a classic balsamic vinaigrette dressing recipe included in the post that gives proportions for both small and large batches. This Mediterranean style salad is perfect for a simple family dinner or for a crowd at a potluck.
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