Herb-Roasted Chicken Rocket Salad

Description

This vibrant and hearty Rocket Salad is a perfect balance of flavors and textures, combining the peppery bite of rocket leaves with the juicy sweetness of cherry tomatoes, the crunch of golden croutons, the savory taste of herb-roasted chicken, and the sharpness of shaved Parmesan cheese. Presented in a sleek black dish and accompanied by wooden utensils, this salad is not only a feast for the palate but also a delight for the eyes. Two tiny sauce cups filled with creamy mayonnaise and extra croutons complete this elegant and satisfying dish.

Herb-Roasted Chicken Rocket Salad 1

Ingredients

Cups of fresh rocket leaves
4
Cup of cherry tomatoes, halved
1
Cup of homemade or store-bought croutons
1
Cup of shaved Parmesan cheese
1/2
Boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2
Tablespoons of olive oil
2
Teaspoon of dried thyme
1
Teaspoon of dried rosemary
1
Teaspoon of garlic powder
1
Salt and black pepper to taste
Tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
2
Tablespoon of balsamic vinegar
1
Teaspoon of Dijon mustard
1
Cup of mayonnaise
1/2
Tablespoon of lemon juice
1
Teaspoon of chopped fresh parsley
1

Instructions

1. Prepare the Herb Roasted Chicken:

  • Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).
  • In a small bowl, mix the olive oil, dried thyme, dried rosemary, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper.
  • Rub the mixture evenly over the chicken breasts.
  • Place the chicken breasts on a baking sheet and roast in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and the internal temperature reaches 165°F (74°C).
  • Let the chicken rest for 10 minutes, then slice into thin strips.

2. Prepare the Dressing:

  • In a small bowl, whisk together the extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, Dijon mustard, salt, and black pepper until well combined.

3. Assemble the Salad:

  • In a large salad bowl, combine the rocket leaves, cherry tomatoes, and croutons.
  • Drizzle the dressing over the salad and toss gently to coat all the ingredients evenly.
  • Top the salad with the sliced herb-roasted chicken and shaved Parmesan cheese.

4. Prepare the Mayonnaise Dip:

  • In a small bowl, mix the mayonnaise, lemon juice, and chopped parsley until smooth.
  • Transfer the mayonnaise dip to one of the tiny sauce cups.

5. Serve:

  • Place the assembled salad in a black dish.
  • Arrange the wooden utensils alongside the dish for a rustic presentation.
  • Place the two tiny sauce cups—one filled with the mayonnaise dip and the other with extra croutons—beside the salad.
Herb-Roasted Chicken Rocket Salad 2

Serving Options

This Rocket Salad with Tomato, Croutons, Herb Roasted Chicken, and Parmesan Cheese is perfect as a standalone meal for lunch or dinner. It can also be served as a hearty appetizer or side dish for a larger meal. For an extra touch, you can garnish the salad with fresh basil or a sprinkle of toasted pine nuts.

Additional Tips

  • Croutons: For the best texture, use homemade croutons made from a day-old baguette. Simply cut the bread into cubes, toss with olive oil, salt, and pepper, and bake at 350°F (175°C) until golden and crispy.
  • Parmesan Cheese: Use a vegetable peeler to shave thin strips of Parmesan cheese for a more elegant presentation.