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Chicken, Tomato and Mozzarella Salad with Spicy Basil Dressing

This recipe calls for part-skim-milk mozzarella, not only because it's lower in calories but also because it melts more slowly and holds its shape better than the fresh whole-milk kind.

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  • Servings: 6

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  • 1/3 cup minced red onion
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and minced
  • 1/4 cup chopped basil
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 pints cherry tomatoes
  • 6 ounces part-skim mozzarella cheese, cut into 3/4-inch cubes
  • Six 5-ounce skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, pounded 1/4 inch thick


  1. Light a grill. In a small bowl, combine the onion with 3 tablespoons of olive oil, the vinegar, garlic, jalapeño and basil. Season the dressing with salt and pepper.
  2. Thread six 12-inch metal skewers with the tomatoes, alternating with the mozzarella after every 2 tomatoes. Brush the chicken with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Grill the chicken over a hot fire until just cooked through, about 4 minutes. Transfer to a platter. Grill the skewers over a hot fire, turning once, until the cheese is lightly charred and just starting to melt, 1 minute. Slide the tomatoes and cheese from the skewers onto the platter. Drizzle 2 tablespoons of the dressing over the chicken and pass the remaining dressing at the table.


One Serving: 340 cal, 14.1 gm fat, 4.5 gm saturated fat, 12 gm carb, 3 gm fiber.

Contributed By Published June 2004

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