Healthy Chicken Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

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This Healthy Chicken Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette Recipe is a light and nutritious meal for spring and summer. It’s great for meal prep, too. Just make sure to pack the lemon vinaigrette in a separate container and toss when you get to work or school.

This Healthy Chicken Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette Recipe is a light and nutritious meal for spring and summer. It's great for meal prep, too. Just make sure to pack the lemon vinaigrette in a separate container and toss when you get to work or school. // www.littlechefbigappetite.com

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed that I am on a serious salad kick recently. I used to hate making salads at home because I never felt like they were as good as when I ordered them out at one of those “make-your-own-salad bars.” I realized that this was because I never had all of the delicious mix-ins salad bars offered. Now when I go grocery shopping, I take these little items into account, always making sure to throw a couple in my basket. In order to keep myself from getting bored, I try to change up the ingredients on a regular basis – different nuts, cheeses, veggies, lettuce, etc. I also always make sure my salad has a good dose of protein, fiber, and usually a healthy fat, so it holds me over until my next meal.

This Chicken Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette is packed with fresh and bold flavors, which will make your taste buds very happy. I love bringing leftovers for lunch at work the next day. If you pack your salads to go, I recommend you put your salad dressing in a separate small container, so it isn’t soggy by noon. Soggy salad = the worst.

This Healthy Chicken Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette Recipe is a light and nutritious meal for spring and summer. It's great for meal prep, too. Just make sure to pack the lemon vinaigrette in a separate container and toss when you get to work or school. // www.littlechefbigappetite.com

The lemon vinaigrette recipe I use on this salad is the same one I shared with my Kale and Quinoa Salad about a year ago. It is so light and perfect for spring.

This Healthy Chicken Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette Recipe is a light and nutritious meal for spring and summer. It's great for meal prep, too. Just make sure to pack the lemon vinaigrette in a separate container and toss when you get to work or school. // www.littlechefbigappetite.com

If chicken isn’t your thing, feel free to substitute salmon or grilled tempeh instead.  It will be just as delicious and healthy!

 

Healthy Chicken Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette
 
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Serves: 2
Ingredients
Salad:
  • 6 oz spring mix lettuce
  • ¼ cup roasted red peppers, chopped
  • ¼ cup sundried tomatoes, chopped
  • 6-8 oz grilled chicken breast, sliced into ½ inch strips
  • 2 oz feta
  • 2 Tablespoons toasted pine nuts*
Lemon Vinaigrette:
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon grated lemon rind
  • 1 Tablespoon shallot, minced
  • 1.5 teaspoons dijon
  • 1 teaspoon agave
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. To prepare the salad, place the lettuce at the bottom of two large bowls. Then divide the roasted red peppers, sundried tomatoes and grilled chicken between the two bowls. Sprinkle both with the feta and pine nuts.
  2. To prepare the lemon vinaigrette, mix all ingredients in a small bowl or salad dressing shaker. Sprinkle lightly over each salad. Store the remaining dressing in the fridge for up to three days.
Notes
To toast pine nuts, turn a small skillet to medium-high heat. Place the pine nuts in the pan and stir constantly for 2-3 minutes until lightly browned. You will be able to smell the pine nuts as they are toasting. Make sure to watch them the entire time because pine nuts burn very quickly.
 

 

Healthy Spring Salad with Homemade Lemon Vinaigrette. A light and refreshing recipe for spring and summer! ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

4 Comments

  • Christine @ Cooking with Cakes
    April 30, 2014 - 7:20 am | Permalink

    these are some of your best pics yet Rach, loving the set up and everything!!! this salad looks so fresh & crisp, and that dressing sounds kick ass!

    • Rachel (littlechefbigappetite)
      April 30, 2014 - 7:35 am | Permalink

      Thanks so much Christine!!

  • Mondo | I bake he shoots
    May 15, 2014 - 10:43 pm | Permalink

    I love that you put pine nuts in it. it’s nice to have that crunch when you’re having salad.

    with the lemon vinaigrette, this salad would pair quite well with Basil Beerade. perhaps, not at work, though…unless you’re super sneaky, that is. .

    • Rachel (littlechefbigappetite)
      May 16, 2014 - 7:31 am | Permalink

      I love it! I am making your Basil Beerade this weekend – I can’t wait!

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