Grilled Chicken Salad with Blackberry Vinaigrette

Wisconsin Cheese Grilled Chicken Salad with Blackberry Vinaigrette Recipe
Active Time
35 Minutes



Look for the Proudly Wisconsin Badge when shopping for cheese. Any brand of Wisconsin BellaVitano® or Parmesan can be used in this recipe.


  1. Place the 1/2 cup blackberries, basil, balsamic vinegar and honey into a food processor. Cover and process until mixture is smooth; slowly stream in olive oil until blended. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Pour 3/4 cup vinaigrette into a large sealable plastic bag. Add chicken; seal bag and turn to coat. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Cover and refrigerate remaining vinaigrette until serving.
  3. Grease grill grate. Heat grill to medium.
  4. Grill chicken, covered, over medium heat for 5-7 minutes on each side or until a thermometer inserted into meat reads 165°F. Transfer chicken to a cutting board; tent with aluminum foil. Let rest for 10 minutes.
  5. Divide salad mix onto four serving plates. Thinly slice chicken. Top salads with chicken and remaining blackberries. Drizzle with reserved vinaigrette. Sprinkle with Merlot BellaVitano®.

Recipe Tip

Any Wisconsin wine-soaked cheese or cheese with hint of red wine flavor can be used.

Cheesemonger Tip

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Do you have questions when shopping for cheese? Ask the cheesemonger! A cheesemonger specializes in the buying and selling of high-quality cheese, usually available in the specialty section of a grocery store or cheese shop. Knowledgeable and passionate, a cheesemonger is a go-to resource for cheese varieties and pairings, proper cheese storage and handling, its cooking applications and cheese brand information.

A unique tasting experience, this award-winning, rich and creamy cheese features the berry and plum flavor notes of Merlot wine. It’s an excellent choice for pairing with warm, crusty breads or dried nuts and fruits on a cheese board.

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