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Grilled Chicken Salad with Avocado and Citrus Herb Vinaigrette Recipe

“To me, the combination of avocado and grapefruit will always taste like California. If pomegranates are in season, I’ll add one of those as well.” – Joseph Carr, Founder, Josh Cellars

If you’re looking for a hearty salad, give our expertly-crafted Grilled Chicken Salad with Avocado and Citrus Herb Vinaigrette recipe a try. While you can pair this recipe with many Josh Cellars wines, we especially enjoy this salad with our Chardonnay. This salad features grapefruit, avocado, and chicken – a unique flavor profile that will leave you feeling satisfied.


  • 1 small head Boston Lettuce (Bibb lettuce) torn into large pieces
  • 1 cup frisée
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice, divided
  • 1 medium ripe avocado, sliced and drizzled with 1 tablespoon lemon juice to prevent browning
  • 1/2 red grapefruit, cut into segments
  • 2 small chicken breasts
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon white balsamic vinegar
  • Juice from 1/2 grapefruit
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon minced chives
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh parsley
  • 1 scallion, sliced thin
  • Salt and pepper to taste


For the chicken:

  • Preheat grill to medium high heat.
  • Brush both sides of the chicken with oil and season liberally with salt and pepper.
  • Grill approximately 5-7 minutes per side or until the thickest part of the breast reaches 165 degrees on an instant read thermometer
  • Allow to rest for ten minutes before slicing to retain its natural juices.

For the salad

  • In a small bowl whisk together all ingredients of the dressing until thoroughly combined. Set aside.
  • In a large serving bowl, combine the Boston lettuce and frisée.
  • Add the grapefruit and avocado.
  • Slice the chicken breasts and fan over the salad.
  • Pour the dressing evenly over the salad and serve.

Wine Pairing

Josh Cellars Chardonnay

Whenever one of our experts makes our Grilled Chicken Salad at home, they love pairing it with our Josh Cellars Chardonnay. Our Chardonnay combines tastes of honey and bright citrus, with hints of juicy peach and a touch of oak character, delivering a well-balanced wine that complements this salad. If you want alternatives to Chardonnay, try some of our other wines that pair well with this recipe:

Looking for other recipe ideas to pair with our Chardonnay? We also love it with creamy pasta, grilled vegetables, roasted chicken, steamed mussels, and shrimp.

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