Years ago, my wife went to a bridal shower or a baby shower or something like that. She knows me really well, so she always gives me the rundown of the menu at any of these things. (She even knows all the questions I’m going to ask before hand, so she pays extra attention to those things even though she thinks I’m a geek. I’m not worthy!)
Anyway, at this event she had a salad that she REALLY liked, but didn’t get the name of for some reason. She describes it to me – it has grapes and apples, grilled chicken and bowtie pasta. She says, “I know you won’t like it…it’s a girl salad”. How am I supposed to take a statement like that? What does the fact that I actually really like this “girl” salad say about me? I like shoes too!! YOU HAVE A PROBLEM WITH THAT?!
Ahem. Try this exceptionally tasty, perfect for summer meal and I think you’ll like it too. Regardless of any other…preferences.
For the Salad:
For the dressing:
Whisk together all of the dressing ingredients in a small bowl until completely smooth. Chill in the refrigerator while you assemble the rest.
Stem and core the apple. Cut into bite sized pieces. Wash the grapes and remove from the stem. Put fruit into large bowl with cooked pasta.
Generously coat the whole chicken breast with lemon pepper and garlic salt on both sides. Heat grill or grill pan to high heat. Grill the chicken for 4 or 5 minutes on each side, depending on thickness. Remove from heat when done (internal temperature of about 160 degrees F), and allow to rest and cool for a full five minutes. Cut the chicken across the grain into bite sized pieces, then add to pasta and fruit. Pour the dressing over the top and toss vigorously to coat. You can eat it right away, but it’s really good if it can chill for an hour or two first.