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Grilled Chicken Antipasto Salad

My original antipasto salad recipe appeared in Paleo Indulgences and has been a family favorite for years. While we have enjoyed that particular version many times, I realized recently that it is more of a delicious side dish than a main meal when taken on the road. So I added grilled chicken, swapped the black olives for kalamatas, updated the dressing, and increased the measurements to feed a crowd. Now I have a one-bowl meal that travels well, and the whole family can enjoy it! Every once in a while, just to keep things interesting, I add chopped cooked bacon, pickled asparagus, mushrooms, or chopped raw cauliflower. This one’s best made the day before so that it soaks up the dressing and gets all yummified!

SALAD INGREDIENTS

1½ cups pitted kalamata olives
2 cups artichoke hearts, frozen or in water (be sure to squeeze out any excess water with a paper towel)
1 cup julienne-cut sundried tomatoes
8 ounces salami, sliced into wedges
1½ cups diced grilled chicken
3 TBSP chopped fresh basil (about 8 leaves)
3 TBSP chopped fresh parsley
DRESSING INGREDIENTS

2/3 cup olive oil
1/3 cup white wine
2 TBSP minced shallot
1 clove garlic, minced
1½ tsp Dijon mustard
1¼ tsp Italian seasoning
1 tsp granulated garlic
1 tsp honey
½ tsp sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
Serves 4-6

In a large bowl, combine the salad ingredients. Set aside.
In a jar with a tight-fitting lid, combine the dressing ingredients. Shake to mix well.
Pour the dressing over the salad, and toss to coat.
Cover the salad, and refrigerate it until needed.
Stir the salad again before serving.