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Grilled Chicken and Asparagus Salad with Dilly Farmers Cheese Dressing

August  5, 2014

Every week, Caroline Wright creates simple, civilized recipes for Food52 that feed four -- for under $20, in under 20 minutes.

Today: All you need is a glass of rosé to complete this light, satisfying, warm weather meal.

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Stew is to winter what crisp salad is to summer: It's the dish I crave when I'm dealing with the weather and the moods that come with it. This salad is delicious, and the recipe is adaptable to whatever you bring home from the market. Feel free to switch from chicken to a meaty, grill-worthy fish, or to swap the spinach for another green of its character and class.

Whether you cook this salad as written -- grilling the chicken and asparagus alongside each other and serving them on a bed of spinach with a dilly dressing -- or come up with your own variation, you will find yourself full, happy, and cool. The accompanying glass of rosé, absent from the ingredient list but altogether assumed, really makes this dinner complete.

Grilled Chicken and Asparagus Salad with Dilly Farmers Cheese Dressing

Serves 4

2 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (about 1 pound)
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 bunch asparagus, trimmed
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup finely crumbled farmers cheese
1/4 cup sour cream
2 tablespoons chopped dill
2 teaspoons white wine vinegar
1 bunch spinach, trimmed and washed (about 6 cups)
1 cup fresh corn kernels (sliced from 1 ear corn)

See the full recipe (and save and print it) here.

As a freelance food writer and cook, I first wrote this style of recipe as a column on my blog, The Wright Recipes, as an excuse to cook good food for my friends in a quick and simple way. 

Twenty-Dollar, Twenty-Minute™ Meals grew into a cookbook that was published by Workman in May 2013. The recipes found here are original, made especially for Food52 to once again celebrate simple food with friends.

Photo by Caroline Wright

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Before her diagnosis, Caroline wrote a book on cakes called Cake Magic!. She started developing a birthday cake using her gluten-free mix found in that book. Check out other recipes she’s developing for her new life—and the stories behind them—on her blog, The Wright Recipes. Her next book, Soup Club, is a collection of recipes she made for her underground soup club of vegan and grain-free soups she delivers every week to friends throughout Seattle's rainy winter.

1 Comment

Allison T. August 5, 2014
Sounds delish, perfect for summer. This would be a great dish to serve at a impromptu dinner with friends. Thanks for the recipe!