Grilled Chicken and Mushroom Salad with Honey Balsamic Dressing




  • 250g white button mushrooms
  • 400g chicken breast
  • 30ml olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon reduced-salt soy sauce
  • 2 ripe avocados, sliced
  • 2 punnets cherry tomatoes
  • 100-150g mesclun or mixed salad leaves
  • 50g-70g baby rocket leaves
  • sesame seeds, to garnish
  • Dressing
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinaigrette
  • 1/4 cup olive oil, light or extra virgin
  • 1 tablespoon honey


  1. Pre-heat your grill to a medium-high heat.
  2. Slice your chicken horizontally into thin steaks. Combine in a bowl with 15ml olive oil, soy sauce and fresh pepper. Layout on an oven tray and grill each side for 3-4 minutes’ till cooked. While chicken is cooking, prepare your mushrooms.
  3. Lightly wipe mushrooms with a paper towel to remove any dirt. Slice them in half, place on an ovenproof tray and brush lightly with olive oil. Grill mushrooms for 2-3 minutes each side. (Alternatively cook on barbeque).
  4. While your chicken and mushrooms are cooling, prepare your dressing by whisking all dressing ingredients in a bowl, until well mixed through or by combining ingredients in a screw top jar, securing the lid and shaking to combine.
  5. Once the chicken has cooled (to reduce moisture loss), slice into thin strips.
  6. In a large bowl, combine all remaining salad ingredients with chicken, mushrooms, half of the dressing and mix gently.
  7. To serve, drizzle the remaining dressing over the salad, season with salt and pepper to taste and sprinkle with sesame seeds.

Top Tips:

  • Sliding mushroom halves onto a skewer at step one makes it easier to cook without them moving around.
  • Add more zest to your salad with some fresh orange (and help keep your avocado from going brown).
  • Add a bit of heat by brushing your mushrooms with some chilli sauce before cooking so they absorb the flavour as they cook. Use a sauce to your taste/heat preference e.g. sweet chilli or Sriracha.
  • Add more textural interest and flavour to your salad with a sprinkle of your favourite seed mix.


White Button Mushrooms
White Button
Swiss Brown Mushrooms
Swiss Brown
White Sliced Mushrooms
White Sliced