Maple Balsamic Grilled Chicken Salad

Here’s a popular recipe often served in NMC’s Courtyard Cafe by our Restaurant and Catering team. It’s a light, seasonal, delicious treat for on a summer night.



  • 3 peeled cloves garlic
  • 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 3 Tbsp Maple Syrup
  • 2 Tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 cup salad oil
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Place all of the ingredients except the oil in a deep container. Puree with an emulsion blender. When pureed, add the oil in a slow steady stream as the blender is running. Taste for seasoning and add more if you’d like.



Marinate three 5 ounce boneless chicken breasts in about 1/3 of the dressing for at least 1 hour (preferably overnight).

Cook the chicken on a grill set to medium heat. Cook until the chicken reaches to an internal temperature of 165.

In a large bowl, combine 5 cups salad greens, 1/4 cup shredded carrots, 1 pint cherry tomatoes and 1/2 cup sliced cucumber.  Add the remaining vinaigrette and toss to coat well.  Divide evenly among 3 plates and serve one of the chicken breasts with each.