Fast Food Thursday: Squash-Buster Salad

OK, my food styling makes it look like compost, but this salad is wicked good. Even my dear husband, who has come to fear my culinary experiments (ask him about Soba-Noodle-Goat-Cheese-Tomato Surprise), said, "This is good enough to feed company!"

And it kills off two squash.

Squash-Buster Salad

Dressing

2 Tbs extra virgin olive oil

2 Tbs fresh lemon juice

1 heaping tsp Dijon mustard

1 small clove garlic, minced

1 Tbs finely chopped fresh oregano

salt and fresh ground pepper

Salad

1 small head Romaine lettuce, cut into bite-sized pieces

2 yellow crook-necked squash, sliced lengthwise

1 boneless chicken breast

4 scallions, chopped

1/2 cup feta cheese

2 tsp lemon pepper

1 Tbs dried oregano

1 Tbs extra virgin olive oil

salt and fresh ground pepper

Croutons (optional)

Dressing: Combine all dressing ingredients in sealed container and shake like crazy. Set aside.

Salad: Prepare grill. Sprinkle chicken with lemon pepper and brush squash with olive oil and dust with oregano, salt and pepper. Grill chicken until thoroughly cooked and the squash until its soft and tender. Allow to cool briefly.

In the meantime combine vegetables and cheese in a salad bowl. Add grilled chicken and squash and toss with dressing.

Serve with pinot grigio and dine al fresco.

Bon appetit!

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