Roma Salad with Caper-Dill Vinaigrette

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Chickpeas, corn, black beans, feta cheese, + sun-dried tomatoes turn salad greens into a deliciously filling meal. Top it with a tangy homemade vinaigrette!

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Fall is sneaking up on us here in New York, and one of the most exciting things to come to town is the Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine and Food Festival presented by Coca-Cola™.

I’ve been to NYCWFF in the past, and it is a phenomenally fun experience! I was able to taste food prepared by some of my favorite celebrity chefs, and got to meet lots of them, too. It’s an event that I highly recommend to anyone who is able to attend.

But it’s not just for locals! I’m thrilled to announce that Big Flavors readers have a chance to enter a sweepstakes to be able to attend the delicious festivities this October in NYC.

Not only that, the Grand Prize winner gets travel and lodging for 6, 6 one-day access tickets to the event on October 15, 2017, and the winner will have the opportunity to take center stage with celebrity chef Scott Conant at the Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival’s Grand Tasting!

The winner will be selected on, or around September 18, 2017. Entering is easy – simply text the keyword SHOPRITE to the short code 26739 between October 12-15th. You can also head here to enter.

I would be so thrilled if one of my readers won this prize. Travel and lodging in NYC isn’t cheap, and the NYCWFF experience is fabulous, so this prize is pretty epic. Good luck, everyone!

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Speaking of ShopRite®, I headed over to a local (and newly renovated!) ShopRite store recently to stock up on supplies to make a quick, delicious meal.

My family absolutely LOVES fried chicken. It’s a meal that’s requested often. And while I do make my own on occasion, we’ve come to find that the grocery store has some really tasty fried chicken that’s fresh fried and ready to go (and doesn’t involve me busting out my cast iron dutch oven for deep frying).

I love that I can find ShopRite fried chicken both hot or already cooled down and refrigerated. That way I can pick up what’s best for my meal plan – hot if we’re going to be eating it right away or cold if I’m planning to heat it up later on or the next day.

In my local store, there are 2 areas next to the produce section near the deli that have ShopRite Kitchen fresh fried 8-piece chicken – one that’s heated, next to the rotisserie chicken, and one that’s refrigerated. I actually called my local store to see what time of day the chicken goes out, for times when I want the freshest fried chicken. For this area, it’s 10-10:30am.

This time around, I knew I wasn’t going to be reheating it until the following evening, so I went ahead and bought a chilled package.

I made a pit stop over at the soda aisle to pick up someDiet Coke® to go with the chicken.

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To round out the meal, I put together a quick, flavorful salad inspired by one that I enjoy over at a local tea house. Their Roma Salad is a mix of lettuces topped with a combination of chickpeas, corn, black beans, feta cheese, sun-dried tomatoes and a dill vinaigrette.

There’s something about that specific combination of toppings along with the tangy vinaigrette that works so beautifully together. And it’s super easy to make a similar salad at home!

I used capers in my vinaigrette to get the tanginess, and it was a little different than the one at the tea house, but it was equally delicious. And I love that I can just open a few cans, rinse and drain them, and top my salad.

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You can buy already julienne-cut sun-dried tomatoes or halves that you can then cut into strips yourself. I usually buy the halves so I have the option to cut or not cut them, depending on what I’m making.

Cutting them into strips for this salad is definitely the way to go. The way the sweetness plays off of the salty feta and tangy capers is really nice here.

The vinaigrette is super simple to put together, too. It’s only 5 ingredients (6 if you count the black pepper). It’s made with pantry staples and is a really nice change of pace from standard salad dressings.

I happen to adore capers – they’re so briny and delicious. The vinaigrette is pretty tangy, so a little goes a long way.

I also used a new (to me) trick that I came across recently for the easiest way to chop garlic evenly in the food processor, and let me say – it worked like a charm! Who knew it would be so easy!?

Total game changer.

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I have plans to make another similar vinaigrette soon that’s more dill-y than caper-y, too. It’s all about options to keep salads interesting!

While I used this salad as a side dish, the addition of hearty toppings makes it a filling vegetarian meal option as well.

This meal was a huge hit with my family! I put the salad together while I reheated the chicken in the oven. And I had time to spare.

Have I mentioned that my husband is a master of reheating food? Seriously. It’s a legit skill. We’re actually considering starting a series here on Big Flavors dedicated to properly reheating leftovers.

There’s nothing more sad than ruining a perfectly good meal by making it all soggy in the microwave. Or reheating it for too long and ending up with dried out bits.

We have your back! Here are our tips for perfectly crispy reheated fried chicken…

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Our go-to method is to let the chicken come to room temperature. Line a baking sheet with a wire rack (or grease/line with foil). For dark meat, bake at 400°F for 8-12 minutes, flipping halfway through if you aren’t using a baking rack.

The skin will be nice and crispy and the meat will still be juicy and tender.

If you’re reheating white meat, 15 minutes should do the trick.

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Letting the chicken come to room temperature before reheating is ideal and definitely worth the extra time, because it’ll ensure the chicken gets fully heated through without overcooking.

That crispy skin is so key for the fried chicken experience – don’t rush it, guys!

But if you do decide to go straight from the fridge, lower the oven temperature to 375°F and cook it a little longer. It won’t be quite as crisp, but it’ll still be delicious.

(#ad) Roma Salad with Caper-Dill Vinaigrette: Chickpeas, corn, black beans, feta cheese, + sun-dried tomatoes turn salad greens into a deliciously filling meal. Top it with a tangy homemade vinaigrette! #CookingWithCoke #CollectiveBias

What do you like to serve with your fried chicken? I’d love to hear about it in the comments section below!

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Roma Salad with Caper-Dill Vinaigrette

Prep Time 5 minutes

Total Time 5 minutes

Makes 4-6 Servings

Roma Salad with Caper-Dill Vinaigrette

Chickpeas, corn, black beans, feta cheese, + sun-dried tomatoes turn salad greens into a deliciously filling meal. Top it with a tangy homemade vinaigrette!

Ingredients

For Vinaigrette:
2 cloves garlic, peeled
1/4 cup nonpareil capers, drained
2 tablespoons caper brine
2 tablespoons dijon mustard
2 teaspoons dried dill
1/2 teaspoon freshly cracked black black pepper
2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
For Salad:
5 ounces salad greens (I used a baby lettuce mix)
3 ounces sliced sun-dried tomatoes (not oil-packed)
1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas, drained & rinsed
1 (15.5-ounce) can black beans, drained & rinsed
1 (15.25-ounce) can whole kernel sweet corn, drained and rinsed
4-6 tablespoons crumbled feta cheese

Instructions

  1. For Caper-Dill Vinaigrette: With the food processor running, drop the whole cloves of garlic down the feed chute. Allow it to run until they're chopped nice and small. Alternately, you could mince them by hand, but this method is really easy! Add capers, brine, dijon, dried dill, and pepper, and process until chopped. With the motor running, slowly stream the oil down through the feed chute and continue to process until the mixture emulsifies. Makes about 1 cup.
  2. For Salad: Place salad greens in a large bowl and top with sun-dried tomatoes, chickpeas, black beans, corn, and feta. Serve with Caper-Dill Vinaigrette alongside.

Notes

Original Recipe by Big Flavors from a Tiny Kitchen - Ashley Covelli

https://bigflavorstinykitchen.com/roma-salad-caper-dill-vinaigrette/

(#ad) Roma Salad with Caper-Dill Vinaigrette: Chickpeas, corn, black beans, feta cheese, + sun-dried tomatoes turn salad greens into a deliciously filling meal. Top it with a tangy homemade vinaigrette! #CookingWithCoke #CollectiveBias
  • I wanna go to YOUR picnic!!

  • Abby

    I love the flavor combination in this salad. It looks like the perfect side to fried chicken!

  • Nicole Elliott

    Yum!! This sounds so tasty, I don’t think I’ve ever tried that combo before! ~ Client

  • That salad has so many great textures, colours and flavours. It makes the perfect dinner salad. Leftovers for lunch would be great too.

    • Thanks so much! And yes – we mixed together the beans and corn and kept them separate in the fridge and leftovers were a snap!

  • I love this – especially the sun-dried tomatoes! I’ve been using tons of those lately, they add such terrific flavor to everything.

  • That vinaigrette sounds wonderful! And just the right flavors for that salad.

  • The salad looks delicious and we do like to use capers in lots of dishes. The colors and flavors are so inviting — a perfect salad to eat any time.

    • I’m such a fan of capers! I usually drain a few extra to snack on whenever I’m cooking with them 🙂

  • aditi bahl

    the salad looks so fresh and healthy and dil vinnaigrette is a lovely idea with this combo.Simple and healthy to eat. Saving it to my dinner time salad recipe list.

  • Veena Azmanov

    The Salad looks delicious. I never use capers in salad. The flavors sound amazing in the vinaigrette. Looks so fresh and wholesome.

  • Melville Nicoletta

    Sun dried tomatoes and capers are such a great addition to this salad that has many incredible flavors!

  • Amanda Mason

    This looks amazing and sun dried tomatoes are my absolute fav!! I’m printing this off as we speak. I wasn’t eligible to enter. I live in AZ and that is not a participating state, Bummer!

    • Oh man – that stinks! I hope you still enjoy the salad, and if you ever find yourself in NY, there are plenty of delicious food events to check out!

  • I totally need some lessons on re-heating food. I’m the worst at it. You should definitely have the hubby guest write a post for that. As for chopping the garlic in the food processor. . .well. . .I’ve never done that either. I have a heavy duty garlic press that I use. As a matter of fact, it probably is one of my most used kitchen items.

    BTW. . .this salad looks delicious. It’s full of so many of my favorite ingredients. And homemade vinaigrette is the best.

    • I’ve never owned a garlic press! I always wondered if they’d be annoying to clean. But we do use a LOT of garlic in my house – I joke that I married an Italian so I’d have an excuse to use it more often ;). Hope you enjoy the salad if you give it a shot!

      • Oh and I’m glad to hear the reheating tips would be useful – it really is a skill he has perfected over the last decade!

  • Michelle Alston

    I love capers, they are one of my favourite things to add to a salad! That chicken looks so good too. I like salad and coleslaw with my chicken 🙂

  • So many good flavors packed into this salad!

  • Jessica Pinney

    Beautiful salad!