Need to get away? Now you can with this Getaway Salad! Okay, okay, this isn’t exactly the same as handing you a plane ticket, but we think this fresh, crispy salad is the next best thing. Seriously! Having a bowl filled high with grilled chicken, fresh veggies, and sweet, juicy fruits will take your mind straight to the Carribean. And the citrusy dressing drizzled on top is a nice tropical touch. Eat it poolside with some fun, vacation-y music playing, and you’ll be transported to the tropics in no time! Pack your bowl full of Getaway Salad! It’s time for a sweet flavor escape!

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Ingredients

For the dressing:

  • 1/4 cup orange juice, freshly squeezed
  • 3 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dry mustard
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup canola oil

For the salad:

  • 1 large bunch fresh romaine lettuce
  • 1 pound chicken breasts, boneless and skinless, grilled and sliced
  • 1 (8-ounce) can mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1 sweet baby bell pepper, diced or sliced
  • 4 green onions, sliced
  • 1/3 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 6-8 tablespoons dried cherries or dried cranberries
  • black sesame seeds, to taste, for topping
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Directions

Step 1 –In a blender, add the orange juice, the white wine vinegar, the dry mustard, the sugar, the sesame oil, and the salt and blend until the sugar dissolves.

Step 2 –With the blender running on low speed, slowly drizzle the oil into the orange juice mixture and blend until just combined.

Step 3 –Store the dressing in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

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Step 4 –Divide the lettuce between four plates.

Step 5 –Top the lettuce with the grilled chicken, the mandarin oranges, the bell pepper, the green onions, the cilantro, and the dried cherries.

Step 6 –Drizzle the salad with the dressing and sprinkle with the sesame seeds.

Step 7 –Serve.