Colourburst citrus chicken salad



25 min


35 min


4 Servings

Colourburst citrus chicken salad

Springtime colourburst salad recipe Photo by Roberto Caruso

Made with only a handful of fresh ingredients (chicken, arugula, avocado, beet), wow your family (and your taste buds!) with this easy triple-tested recipe tonight.


  • 2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 tsp granulated sugar
  • 142-g pkg baby arugula
  • 1 medium beet , very thinly sliced
  • 2 naval oranges , peeled and segmented
  • 2 shallots , thinly sliced
  • 1 large ripe avocado , pitted and sliced
  • 2 radishes , thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup pepitas , toasted


  • Lay chicken on a cutting board. Cover with a large piece of wax paper. Using a rolling pin or mallet, pound thickest part of chicken until it has an even thickness. Brush with 1 tsp of oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Preheat barbecue or a grill pan to medium. Spray or oil grill, then add chicken. Grill until chicken is springy when pressed, about 4 min per side. Transfer to a cutting board. Let stand for 5 min, then slice into strips.
  • Whisk 1/4 cup oil with lemon juice, Dijon mustard and sugar in a medium bowl. Season with pepper.
  • Line a large platter with arugula. Scatter chicken, beet, oranges, shallots, avocado and radishes over arugula. Drizzle with vinaigrette and sprinkle with pepitas.

Nutrition (per serving)

  • Calories
  • 438,
  • Protein
  • 22 g,
  • Carbohydrates
  • 26 g,
  • Fat
  • 30 g,
  • Fibre
  • 9 g,
  • Sodium
  • 484 mg.
Wine Pairings

Citrus chicken salad

Pair it with: A crisp B.C. riesling.
Bursting with grapefruit and mineral aromatics, this is the benchmark for rieslings on the West Coast. It’s an excellent match for the fruit and grilled-chicken combination.

Our pick: Cedar Creek Riesling, British Columbia, $22.

Prep Tip: To segment an orange, slice peel from top and bottom of orange. Cut off and discard remaining peel, including white pith, so flesh is showing. Cut out segments.

Shopping Tip: Pepitas, or peeled pumpkin seeds, are available in the bulk section of most supermarkets.