Some time ago, one of my girlfriends suggested I create a copycat recipe of Trader Joe's Lemon Chicken & Arugula Salad for the blog. If you haven't had it: arugula, couscous & quinoa salad with grilled chicken, and a lemony red pepper dressing. We buy packaged salads a few times a month because they're easy, but I've been trying to make more meals from scratch at home so I gave it a whirl. This version is definitely different - adding beets and goat cheese - but inspired by the original.
When Quirky reached out to me, I did a little dance around the kitchen. Their website offers a vast array of kitschy tools and gadgets - inventions made by everyday people. I was immediately drawn to The Stem, thought up by a guy named Tim - a high-polished aluminum spray nozzle that you stick into a citrus fruit to spray out all the juice. No more squeezing. No more seeds. No more lemon juice stinging my hangnails. And only $9.99! Crazy deal & an ingenious invention. And it arrived in a cool little box. I love thoughtful snail mail.
The tool reminded me of an all time favorite salad dressing of mine, that I picked up from Rachael Ray years ago - lemon juice, salt, and a little EVOO. Simple. Delish. But you can also use it to make a snazzy cocktail: spritz your martini glasses with a little grapefruit for your next girls night. Or mist your shrimp with a little lime. For my copycat salad, The Stem dressed the greens with just the right amount of lemon.
Lemon Chicken & Arugula Salad
Prepare your chicken breast and couscous/quinoa salad ahead of time and let them cool. I used a homemade marinade for the chicken with garlic, roasted red peppers, olive oil, a little lemon juice, salt and pepper. Baked at 375': 10 minutes covered, 20 minutes uncovered, until the chicken reaches 165'. For the couscous/quinoa, prep per package instructions (use chicken stock instead of water for added flavor if you have some), taste and season as you go. Mix in the chickpeas, diced roasted red pepper, and golden raisins (or use dried currents, as the Trader Joe's original does).
Start with a mix of arugula and butter lettuce. Spritz with lemon juice, using The Stem. Season with freshly ground salt - I like pink Himalayan sea salt - and toss with olive oil. Add couscous/quinoa mix, roasted beets, sliced chicken breast, and goat cheese - try the Cranberry Goat Cheese from Trader Joe's! It's delish! And voilà, you're ready to enjoy.
Bon appetit, from me and my friends over at Quirky!
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