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Gina's grilled chicken, asparagus salad and Sauvignon Blanc vinaigrette

Cookbook author Gina Ferwerda shows us a new way to serve up asparagus.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Feeling fancy? If you're looking for a delicious dinner idea, we've got you covered. 

"Meals from the Mitten" author Gina Ferwerda shared a recipe for a grilled chicken and asparagus salad -- perfect for this time of year! Flavors are married together with pear, Gorgonzola and a Sauvignon Blanc vinaigrette.  YUM!

Grilled Chicken & Asparagus Salad w/ Pear & Gorgonzola & Sauvignon Blanc Vinaigrette
Serves 6


  • 1/2 cup oil 
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons honey 
  • 3 tablespoons dijon mustard 
  • 1/4 cup Sauvignon Blanc 
  • 1 grated garlic clove
  • 1 tablespoon grated shallot
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 pound fresh asparagus
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon house seasoning (salt, pepper, garlic, onion, smoked paprika)
  • 6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1/4 cup bbq seasoning
  • 4 cups mixed salad greens, watercress and arugula
  • 1/4 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup chopped cucumbers
  • 1/4 cup sliced red cabbage
  • 1/4 cup sliced red onions
  • 1 cored and thinly sliced pear  
  • 1/4 cup crumbled gorgonzola 
  • 2 tablespoons roasted sunflower seeds and pepitas

Salad Directions:

Preheat the grill to 350 degrees. 

Add all vinaigrette ingredients to a mason jar. Screw on lid and vigorously shake until all ingredients are thoroughly combined. 

Thinly shave 4 asparagus spears with a vegetable peeler and place in a small dish. Add 1/4 cup of vinaigrette to the shaved spears and set aside until ready to assemble. Add oil and house seasoning to the remaining asparagus spears. Sprinkle BBQ seasoning to both sides of the chicken. Place asparagus and chicken on the grill. Cook asparagus for 4-5 minutes, turning frequently. Cook chicken for 5 minutes each side, or until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees. 

Drizzle some dressing in the bottom of a large salad bowl. Add mixed greens, tomatoes, cucumbers, cabbage, onions, shaved asparagus, sliced pear and Gorgonzola. Next place chicken and asparagus on top, then sprinkle on seeds and pepitas. Drizzle with more vinaigrette and serve family style. 

Recipe courtesy of Gina Ferwerda. Cookbook Author, Meals from the Mitten. Find more at https://www.nomnews.com


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