Grilled Summer Chopped Salad

in Chicken & Turkey, eggplant, Goat cheese, Lighter & Healthier, On the grill, Salads, Veggies, Zucchini
Grilled Summer Chopped Salad

Meet my current obsession: it’s a bunch of grilled things, chopped, and then tossed with a simple vinaigrette.

I’m a little weird in that I can get excited about a salad. Really excited about a salad. And I frequently do.

That Sweet Kale Salad from Costco? Lived on it. My sister-in-law’s quinoa-spinach/kale-pine nuts-goat cheese salad? Dream about it. Literally. And the version we make during Strawberry season? Yep.

All of the squeeeees.

Grilled Summer Chopped Salad

Want to get excited about salad, too? Then you should make this one.

The salad has grilled zucchini (you know I love that one), chicken, corn, tossed with every so lightly charred romaine. I added two of my other favorite summer vegetables – grilled eggplant and grilled green tomatoes – to the salad before tossing with a light lemon-garlic-basil vinaigrette and topping with crumbled goat cheese.

The first night, we eat it warm but the smokey, grilled leftovers are fabulous cold for lunch the next day.

Grilled Summer Chopped Salad

And you don’t have to stop with the eggplant and green tomatoes. We have made a salmon version, a TexMex version, and a bbq version – all coming to a summer salad-obsessed blog near you soon!

Grilled Summer Chopped Salad

Smokey, grilled summer vegetables, lightly charred romaine, and a lemon-garlic-basil vinaigrette.


  • 1/3 cup olive oil, plus ~2 Tbsp more for dressing
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh basil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 eggplant (optional)
  • 2 large green tomatoes (optional)
  • 3 corn cobs
  • 1-1.5 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts, pounded to even thickness
  • 3 zucchini
  • 1 large head romaine or 2 heads of romaine hearts
  • 2 oz crumbled goat cheese


  1. Heat the grill to medium.
  2. Whisk together 1/3 cup olive oil, garlic, basil, a generous pinch of salt and pepper, a pinch of red pepper flakes, and the lemon zest. Set aside while prepping the vegetables.
  3. If using the eggplant, slice into 1/2-inch rounds and generously sprinkle with salt. Let rounds sit in a colander for 10-15 minutes to draw out excess moisture before placing on the grill.
  4. Slice the tomatoes into 1/3-inch rounds, slice the zucchini length-wise into 1/2-inch thick planks and shuck the corn, removing husks and silk.
  5. Slice the romaine in half lengthwise (through the core) and rinse well.
  6. Whisk the vinaigrette and then lightly brush the vinaigrette over the vegetables. Pour about 1 Tbsp onto the chicken, brush to coat both sides, and reserve the remaining vinaigrette for the dressing - make sure you pour the vinaigrette over the chicken and then brush it, you don't want to contaminate the vinaigrette. Places the chicken and all vegetables except the romaine on the grill - you might have to do this in two batches - you can use a grill basket or a double-layer of lightly oiled foil for the vegetables.
  7. Cook the chicken until done, about 5-6 minutes a side. Cook the vegetables until lightly charred, flipping the slices once and rotating the corn cobs a couple of times.
  8. Grill the romaine 1-2 minutes on each side - I turn off the grill and just use the residual heat from the grates.
  9. Add enough olive oil to the remaining dressing to reach 1/4 cup and then whisk in the lemon juice.
  10. Slice the corn off the cob and place in a mixing bowl large enough to mix the entire salad.
  11. Chop the chicken and vegetables into bide-sized pieces and add to the bowl along with the got cheese. Pour the dressing over top, toss to mix well, and serve.


Yields: 4-6 servings

Adapted from Cook's Country via Pink Parsley

Estimated time: 30 minutes

6 comments… add one
  • OMG I have been obsessed with this too, after having bookmarked it from Pink Parsley last year. I’m always eating the unhealthy version of everything, so I add a little dollop of mayo, some of the feta & basil, and some anchovy paste to the dressing to make it slightly richer. I have been eating it a couple times a week and show no signs of stopping!


  • Mellybrown

    This was my salad obsession of last summer. Waiting for good corn to make it again. Josie also has a killer recipe for sriracha glazed pork that I’m hooked on. I do the glaze with chicken and then make a similar grilled chopped salad, mexi style. YUM.

  • I definitely get what you mean about getting excited about salad! Any salad that combines the words “summer” and “chopped” is something I know I’ll love!

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