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Arugula, Chicken, and Rice Salad

Using a store-bought rotisserie chicken saves time and effort in this herb-packed light summer salad.

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  • Servings: 4

Photography: Petrina Tinslay

Source: Everyday Food, June 2011


  • 2/3 cup converted long-grain white rice
  • 3 cups packed mixed fresh herbs, such as basil and parsley
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons red-wine vinegar
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 5 ounces baby or wild arugula (5 cups)
  • 1 rotisserie chicken (skin removed), meat shredded (4 cups)
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 2 medium tomatoes, cut into 1/2-inch wedges, or 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved


  1. Cook rice according to package instructions. Meanwhile, in a blender, blend herbs, oil, and vinegar until roughly chopped, scraping down sides as needed. With machine running, gradually add 1/4 to 1/3 cup cold water and blend until dressing is smooth and pourable. Transfer to a small bowl and season with salt and pepper.

  2. In a large bowl, toss arugula with three-quarters the dressing. Transfer to a serving platter. In bowl, stir together rice, chicken, scallions, tomatoes, and remaining dressing. Season to taste with salt and pepper and arrange on top of arugula.


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