Grilled Lemon-Herb Chicken and Avocado Salad

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grilled lemon herb chicken and avocado salad recipe
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Meet the salad to end all salads: Tender lettuce is tossed with a bright herby dressing and piled high with the best goodies, including grilled chicken, avocado, barley, cherry tomatoes and red onion. Can’t stop, won’t stop (eating it, that is).


Lemon-Herb Chicken

1½ pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

Zest and juice of 2 lemons

1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano

1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill

3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


1 cup barley

2½ cups chicken broth

Zest and juice of 1 lemon

1 tablespoon whole-grain mustard

1 teaspoon dried oregano

⅓ cup extra-virgin olive oil

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 heads red-leaf lettuce, chopped

1 red onion, halved and thinly sliced

1 pint cherry tomatoes, sliced

2 avocados, sliced


1. MAKE THE LEMON-HERB CHICKEN: Place the chicken in a large resealable plastic bag. In a medium bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon zest, lemon juice, oregano, dill and parsley. Pour the marinade into the bag, seal it and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

2. MAKE THE SALAD: Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, bring the barley and chicken broth to a simmer over medium heat. When it comes to a simmer, cover the pot and cook until the barley is tender, 35 to 45 minutes. Drain and reserve.

3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the lemon zest, lemon juice, mustard and oregano. Gradually stream in the olive oil and whisk well to combine. Season with salt and pepper.

4. Prepare your grill for high heat. Remove the chicken from the marinade and season with salt and pepper.

5. Grill the chicken until well charred on both sides and fully cooked through, flipping as needed, 10 to 12 minutes. Remove the chicken from the grill and reserve.

6. In a large bowl, toss together the lettuce, onion and tomatoes. Add the dressing and toss well to coat.

7. Slice the chicken and serve on top of the salad alongside the avocado.

Nutrition Facts
  • Lemon-Herb Chicken

  • 309 calories

  • 15g fat

  • 4g carbs

  • 39g protein

  • 1g sugars

  • Salad

  • 602 calories

  • 36g fat

  • 60g carbs

  • 15g protein

  • 8g sugars

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Note: The information shown is Edamam's estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist's advice.

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