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The Perfect Salad with Chicken...
What to do with all this chicken!?! I've got you. Read on y'all...
Let's be honest...I don't know many people who just LOVE salad. They do exist, but not in abundance.
I wasn't a person that "looked forward" to salad day...or salads at all, until very recently.
Why? Because salad has always been a "diet" food to me. Which immediately makes me loathe it. I recently stumbled upon The Virgin Diet by J.J. Virgin and it's changed my thoughts once and for all about foods. All of them. (scroll through my posts to learn more about that;))
So what changed? I've finally had salad done right!!! Homemade. I'm a fan. Forever. Salad doesn't have to be boring and lame. You can even adjust your simple restaurant salad to fit your needs!! Yep. Keep reading for my favorite quick salad...
This dish makes 4 servings of salad (will need to add more chicken or whatever topping you like if going back for seconds;))
What you'll need for salad:
(side note: put that iceberg lettuce back...like right now. Please don't touch it again unless you are using it for lettuce wraps, or food staging, iceberg has no place in a salad. Thank me later)
-Baby spinach (2 cups)
-Kale (1 cup)
-Roma tomatoes (2-3)
-Chicken (1 cup off that bird you made from my last recipe will be perfect)
What you'll need for dressing:
1/4 cup Redwine Vinegar
1/4 cup EVOO
Tbsp Red Palm Oil
Tbsp Organic Dijion Mustard
Juice of half a lemon
(If you like it a bit sweeter, add a squeeze of Agave Nectar)
Add all ingredients to a bowl, wisk them all together and set aside for later.
-Start with a BIG bowl (rinse ALL veggies and pat dry with paper towels)
-Chop Romaine and add half to the bottom
-Then add half the spinach
-Now add all kale
-Rough chop tomatoes and cucumber (I peel our cucumbers, but not a must) then add half
-Now layer the rest of the greens and veggies on top...helps keep you from having to "toss" the salad.
Personal salad assembly:
-Base: Smaller bowl...Add portion of salad from big bowl.
-Cut Avocado (saving seed) and add half chopped to bowl (TIP: take lemon juice and cover all cut areas of Avocado then place in a plastic bag, will keep from browning) This food step helps you cut out dairy completely. It adds a creaminess that will help you NOT miss the cheese.
-Dress salad with pre made dressing from earlier.
-Add Shredded Chicken to the top, season with cracked black pepper.
This salad is a GO-TO for us. I really hope you enjoy it as much as we do.
P.S. My husband NEVER ate Kale or Spinach (or most veggies) on purpose before me and NOW he loves salad night!!! Give it a try. Let me know what you think...especially the dressing recipe.
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