Grilled Chicken Spinach Salad with Spicy Pineapple Dressing

Adding fresh fruit to green salads is not a new trend but is one worth continuing. This grilled chicken and spinach salad blends sweet pineapple with spicy habanero peppers! It’s full of fiber and flavor. You can make it as mild or spicy as you like.  If the habanero is too spicy, try the more mild jalapeno pepper instead!

1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
Cooking spray
1 1/4 cups (1-inch) cubed fresh pineapple (about 8 ounces), divided
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
4 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon minced habanero pepper
1 large garlic clove
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
3/4 cup julienne-cut peeled jicama
2/3 cup thinly sliced red bell pepper
1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion
1 (5-ounce) package fresh baby spinach (about 8 cups)

Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Place chicken between 2 sheets of plastic wrap, and pound to an even thickness using a meat mallet or small heavy skillet. Sprinkle both sides of chicken evenly with chili powder and salt. Lightly coat chicken with cooking spray. Add chicken to pan; cook for 3 minutes on each side or until done. Remove from pan; set aside.

Combine half of pineapple, cilantro, orange juice, vinegar, habanero, and garlic in a blender; process until smooth. With blender on, gradually add olive oil until blended.

Combine remaining pineapple, jicama, and the remaining ingredients in a large bowl. Drizzle with 3/4 cup dressing, and toss gently to coat. Divide salad evenly among 4 plates. Cut chicken across the grain into thin slices; divide chicken evenly over salads. Drizzle salads evenly with remaining 1/4 cup dressing. Makes 4 servings.

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