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Chopped Arugula Salad with Chicken, Capers, Aged Gouda, & Grilled Lemons

Chopped Arugula Salad with Chicken, Capers, Aged Gouda, & Grilled Lemons

Caroline Wright
Bright, tangy flavors rule this fresh salad, from grilled lemons to the tiny, briny caper. Grated aged gouda lends a crumbly richness to these sharp flavors, though a pecorino or Parmigiano Reggiano would work well in its place. For added crunch, try serving a small portion of this salad on a piece of grilled bread.



  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste


  • Oil for grill grates
  • 4 chicken cutlets approximately 3 ounces each, about ¼-inch thick
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 lemons halved
  • 4 cups arugula chopped
  • 3 ounces 3- to 4-year-aged gouda coarsely grated (1 cup)
  • 2 tablespoons capers


  • LEMON-DIJON VINAIGRETTE: In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, and mustard. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Set dressing aside. Dressing can be stored, refrigerated in an airtight container, up to 2 weeks.
  • SALAD: Heat grill (or grill pan) to medium-high. Lightly oil grill grates. Meanwhile, season chicken with salt and pepper. Grill chicken until charred and cooked through, 3 minutes per side. Grill lemon halves, cut side down, until charred, 2 minutes. Set chicken and lemons on a cutting board to rest and cool, 5 minutes. Slice chicken into thin strips.
  • In a large bowl, combine arugula, gouda, capers, and chicken. Drizzle with dressing, and toss to coat. Serve lemon halves alongside.

Caroline Wright

Caroline Wright is a food writer, a cook, and the author of Twenty-Dollar, Twenty-Minute Meals, a collection of fresh and simple recipes for the busy cook.

Photographer Evi Abeler

Evi Abeler is a food and still life photographer based in New York City. She helps art directors, cookbook authors and designers to communicate the love, passion and thought that goes into every project and creates modern, yet classic images. Her clients in advertising, publishing, hospitality and retail include Food & Wine Magazine (which named her Digital Food Award Winner), Harper Collins Publishing and Whole Foods Markets.

Stylist Laura Knoop

Laura Knoop is a New York City-based food stylist with a studio in Harlem.