Chicken & Tomato Spinach Salad w/ Lemon Basil Vinaigrette

Chicken & Tomato Spinach Salad w/ Lemon Basil Vinaigrette
8 ounces baby spinach leaves
2 tomatoes, wedges
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 small bunch green onions, halved and sliced thin
1 pound chicken tenders, cut into small pieces
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons safflower oil
Juice of 2 lemons
1 tablespoon tarragon vinegar
1 tablespoon  rice wine vinegar
2 sprigs fresh thyme, minced
1 tablespoon basil paste
salt and pepper to taste

  • Whisk together the safflower oil, Juice of 2 lemons, tarragon vinegar, rice wine vinegar, minced thyme, garlic and basil paste. Set aside.
  • Over a medium high heat melt butter.
  • Saute chicken pieces, salt and peppering to taste until tender and cooked through. Drain on paper towels.
  • Toss together spinach leaves and onions with the dressing.
  • Add chicken and toss again.
  • Arrange salad in bowl and top with tomato wedges.

Bleu cheese crumbles add another layer of flavor.