Balsamic Chicken Cutlet over Spinach Salad with Mushrooms, Bacon and Warm Shallot Dressing

Tired of the same old grilled chicken salad? With its blend of rosemary chicken, bacon and spinach, you’ll want to make this version every day of the week!


For the chicken:

  • 1 1/2 pounds chicken breast cutlets (sometimes marked “thin cut”)
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar, enough to just coat the breast slices
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • Grill seasoning blend or coarse salt and pepper
  • 4 stems fresh rosemary, leaves stripped and finely chopped, about 2 tablespoons

For the spinach salad:

  • 1 pound center-cut bacon, chopped into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 pound fresh spinach leaves, trimmed and cleaned
  • 8 gourmet white stuffing mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 8 radishes, thinly sliced
  • 4 scallions, thinly sliced on an angle

For the dressing:

  • 2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), plus 1 tablespoon
  • 1 large shallot, minced
  • 3 rounded spoonfuls Dijon mustard
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar


Coat the chicken with the balsamic, EVOO, seasoning and rosemary and set aside.

In a skillet, add the chopped bacon – work in two batches if preparing salad for four. Brown the bacon over medium-high heat, then transfer the bits to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Using center-cut bacon will cut down on the pan drippings that spatter.

Coarsely chop the spinach leaves and add them to the salad bowl. Top with the mushrooms, radishes and scallions. Season the salad with salt and pepper.

Wipe out the bacon pan and return to stove, turning the heat back to medium-low. Add 1 tablespoon EVOO for your dressing and the shallots and reduce the heat to medium. Sauté the shallots for 3 minutes. Remove the EVOO and shallots from heat.

In a bowl, combine the mustard and balsamic vinegar. Slowly stream in 2/3 cup EVOO while whisking the dressing to emulsify it. Add the warm shallots and toss with the spinach salad to coat evenly. Add the cooked bacon and toss again.

Pre-heat a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the chicken cutlets, 4 minutes on each side, in a single layer. Slice the breasts on an angle on your cutting board once they are all out of the pan. Pile the spinach salad on to dinner plate/plates. Top each salad with two sliced chicken cutlet pieces.

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