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Roast Chicken Salad With Croutons and Shallot Dressing

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This bowl of chicken, croutons and greens makes a cool, satisfying summer dinner. Leftover roast chicken with its juices yields the most savory dressing, but leftover fried or poached chicken are also excellent.


For the dressing:

  • cup minced red onion or shallots

  • 3

    tablespoons sherry or balsamic vinegar

  • Salt and freshly cracked black pepper

  • ¼

    cup extra-virgin olive oil, more to taste

  • ¼

    cup minced parsley

For the croutons (optional):

  • 3

    tablespoons olive oil

  • 2 to 3

    cups bite-size bread pieces

For the salad:

  • 10 to 12

    ounces leftover roast chicken, skin and bones removed, with any juices that have collected in the container

  • 5 to 6

    ounces tender salad greens, like mesclun, Bibb or oak leaf lettuce

  • 2

    ounce chunk Parmesan or aged Gouda or other sharp cheese
  • Nutritional Information
    • Nutritional analysis per serving (3 servings)

      739 calories; 55 grams fat; 12 grams saturated fat; 0 grams trans fat; 31 grams monounsaturated fat; 7 grams polyunsaturated fat; 30 grams carbohydrates; 3 grams dietary fiber; 6 grams sugars; 30 grams protein; 97 milligrams cholesterol; 684 milligrams sodium

    • 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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  1. Make the dressing: In a bowl, combine shallots and vinegar and set aside 10 to 30 minutes to soften. Add 2 big pinches of salt and a dozen grinds of black pepper. Whisk in the oil and then the parsley. Taste and add more oil, salt and pepper as needed.
  2. Make the croutons: Gently warm the olive oil in a skillet. When a piece of bread sizzles when dropped into the pan, add all the bread and cook slowly, stirring, until golden brown on all sides. Sprinkle with salt, transfer croutons to a bowl and wipe out the pan.
  3. In the same pan, add the cooled chicken juices (they may have jelled). Don’t worry if your chicken doesn’t have juices; the salad will still be excellent. Add a tablespoon of water to pan and heat juices until smooth and runny. Dice or tear the chicken into bite-size pieces.
  4. In a large bowl, toss the greens well with about 2/3 of the dressing. Taste and add more if needed. Divide greens among 3 or 4 bowls or plates. On top, divide the chicken, then the croutons, then the juices. Using a vegetable peeler, shave 3 or 4 thin, wide slices of cheese on top of each salad. Spoon a little more dressing on top and grind pepper over. Serve immediately.
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