Chicken and Chopped Salad

This recipe is inspired by Skinny Taste. This one takes a bit more work, but it is worth it! The sauce is so good!

Chicken:

  • 1 lb chicken tenders
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1/2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • Salt and pepper

Pri Pri Sauce:

  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 jalapeños
  • 1 bell pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • Salt

Couscous:

  • 1 1/2 c chicken stock
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 c uncooked couscous

Chopped Salad

  • 2 c chopped cucumber
  • 1 c chopped tomato
  • 1/4 c chopped red onion
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tbsp parsley, chopped
  • Feta
  • Salt and pepper

For chicken: combine ingredients in a bowl and marinade chicken for at least an hour.

Then heat a grill on medium high and grill for 3 – 4 min per side until cooked through.

For Pri Pri sauce:

Combine ingredients in a blender and chill.

For CousCous:

Heat chicken stock until boiling, stir in olive oil and couscous and set aside for 20 min, use a work to fluff.

For Salad:

Combine lemon juice, oil and parsley in a small jar, shake to combine. Toss remaining ingredients in a bowl and drizzle with dressing tossing to combine.

To serve: divide couscous, salad and chicken among plates and serve with sauce.

Serves 4

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Roasted Cauliflower Salad

This salad is oh so good – who needs meat when you can have all this!

  • 1 cauliflower, broken into florets
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp orange juice
  • 1 tbsp tahini
  • 3/4 tsp rice vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp Honey
  • 3/4 c parsley
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 3/4 c mint
  • 1/4 tsp sumac
  • 1/4 tsp Aleppo
  • 1 bag baby spinach
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • Toasted sesame seeds

Preheat oven to 425. Toss cauliflower with olive oil and spread on a baking sheet. Roast for 35 – 40 minutes until brown and tender.

In a blender combine 2 tbsp chickpeas, lemon juice, orange juice, tahini, rice vinegar, honey, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/4 c parsley, 1/4 c mint, garlic, sumac, and Aleppo, purée till smooth. With the motor running, drizzle in 1/4 c olive oil and 1/4 c water until smooth.

Toss the remains chickpeas with olive oil and roast 20 – 30 minutes until golden brown.

In a large bowl, toss spinach, mint, parsley, cauliflower and a couple tbsp of dressing to coat. Divide among plate, top with Chickpeas, avocado and sesame seeds.

Serves 4.

Chicken Caesar Bowl

This one is so good the cat was begging for it! And it’s Whole30 approved. The chicken needs to marinate for 24 hours. The rest comes together pretty quickly.

Chicken:

  • 1.5 lbs chicken breast
  • 1/4 c olive oil
  • Juice of one lemon
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp tumeric
  • 1 tsp paprika

Combine everything expect the chicken in an shallow bowl or zip lock bag – add chicken, put in the fridge and flip several times.

Cook on medium high heat on a BBQ for 5 min per side. Let rest 5 min and then slice thin.

Dressing

  • 1 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 ounce anchovies, ½ can or about 5 filets
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1 ounce anchovies, ½ can or about 5 file
  • 1 tsp Dijon
  • Dash of cider vinegar hot sauce like Lucky Dog Hot Sauce

Combine all but olive oil in a food processor, pulse until smooth. With the machine running add oil in a slow stream until thick. If too thick, add water a TBSP at a time.

Salad:

  • 1 head of romaine, chopped
  • 1/4 c olives, chopped
  • 1 c cherry tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 c Quinoa, cooked

Toss all salad ingredient except quinoa with a couple tbsp of dressing.

Divide quinoa, salad and chicken among plates.

Serves 6. (Or extras for lunch – dressing will have lots left for future salads).

Cold Peanut Sesame Chicken & Spiralized Cucumber

This salad is fresh, healthy and packs a to of flavor. I love PB2 (you can get it on Amazon), it seems strange, but packs a lot of flavor and is great for peanut flavored dressings. The trick when dressing anything is do it in a large bowl – drizzle lightly and toss to coat – you can always add more dressing, but you really don’t need a lot.

Peanut Dressing

  • 1/4 c powdered peanut butter (PB2) or peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Honey
  • 1 tbsp sriracha
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp grated ginger

Salad

  • 2 english cucumbers
  • 8 oz cooked chicken, shredded
  • 1 c bell pepper, diced
  • 4 scallions, sliced thin
  • Toasted sesame seeds

Combine dressing ingredients in a small jar, shake to combine.

Spiralize the cucumber into 5 inch long noodles (or cut into small cubes).

Combine cucumber, peppers and scallions in a bowl, dress with salad dressing and toss to combine. Divide among plates. Add chicken to the same bowl, drizzle with dressing and toss to coat. Divide among plates. Sprinkle with a little sesame seed and a drizzle of hot sauce.

Serves 4.

Pasta Salad with Mozzarella and Mint

I used tiny fergola past here. You could use any other tiny pasta or even a grain such as farro.

  • 8 oz pasta or farro
  • 4 tsp sherry vinegar
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 6 oz mozzarella, cubed
  • 1/2 c torn mint leaves
  • 2 – 3 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Lemon wedges
  • Balsamic vinegar

Cook the pasta according to the package.

Drain pasta, and stir in vinegar and 1/2 tsp salt. Let cool to room temp.

Sprinkle tomatoes with salt, stir into pasta. Stir in mozzarella, mint and olive oil (1 tbsp at a time – you don’t want it to be too wet). Squeeze lemon over the pasta and stir. Drizzle with balsamic.

Serves 4.

White Bean Salad with Arugula Pesto

This is a dinner salad – the beans really make it filling without feeling stuffed. You need preserved lemon so make sure you have it before you start this recipe.

  • 8 c arugula
  • 1/2 c pine nuts
  • 1/4 c grated parmigiano
  • 1/2 preserved lemon, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/3 c olive oil
  • 2 – 15 oz cans white beans, drained and rinsed
  • Pepper
  • 1 shallot, sliced thin

In a food processor, combine 2 c packed arugula, nuts, cheese, lemon, garlic and 1/4 tsp salt. Process until finely chopped. Add oil with the motor running.

Warm the beans for 2 – 3 minutes. Toss with 1/4 of the pesto, add more if needed to coat the beans.

Toss the remaining arugula with 1 – 2 tbsp olive oil, salt and pepper.

Divide arugula among plates, top with beans.

Serves 4.

Corn Cakes with Proscuitto

2 cup corn, frozen is fine

1 c four

2 eggs

1/4 c cilantro, chopped

1 tsp cumin

2 tsp baking powder

Salt

4 oz baby spinach

1/4 c sun dried tomatoes in oil

12 slices proscuitto

Place corn in a food processor with eggs, flour, cilantro, cumin, baking powder and salt. Pulse to combine.

Heat a griddle over medium heat and cook 1/4 c pancakes 3 min on each side.

Toss spinach, tomatoes and a little oil in a bowl. Place on top pancakes and drape with proscuitto.

Serves 4.