Macro-Friendly Chicken Salad

When it’s hot, I like to get cold things. Lately I’ve been experimenting with cold salads! I wanted a meal salad this time so I started with a protein, chicken! This is very similar to Whole Foods Sanoma Chicken Salad- just a bit more exact and focused on meeting macronutrients needs!

 

Ingredients (per serving):

-6 oz. Chicken Breast (pre-baked, grilled, or crockpotted) 

-1/4 cup Red Grapes

-1/4 cup Celery

-1/2 tsp Honey

-1 tbls Lite Mayo


Directions:

1. Bake and chop chicken. 

2. Chop celery. (I keep the grapes whole because they stay fresh longer.)

3. Mix mayo and honey in one dish and grapes, celery, and chicken in a larger bowl. 

4. Coat chicken mixture with the sauce. 

5. Chill for 1-3 hours.

~ 300 Calories Per Serving: 10 grams of fat, 15 grams of carbs, 35 grams of protein 

  

 

Summer Salads

Life is very fast paced and it’s not always easy to pack a meal on the fly. I find it best to bake a pan of chicken breasts Sunday night and use them throughout the week. They are great plain, with a sweet potato, or tossed in a salad. Here are a few of my favorite simple salads. Plan them around what you have for dinner the night before, or make them on their own. Simple but satisfying.

Chopped Chicken & Apple Salad

Ingredients:

  • 1 Chicken Breast
  • 2c Lettuce
  • 1 Small Apple
  • 2tbls Vinaigrette

Shades of Green Chopped Salad

Ingredients:

  • Chicken Breast
  • 2c Lettuce
  • 1 Apple, chopped
  • 1/2 Avocado, chopped
  • 1/2 Cucumber, chopped
  • 1/4c Craisins/Raisins
  • 1/4c Blue Cheese
  • 1 Lemon Half, squeezed- used as dressing

Southwest Taco Salad

Ingredients:

  • 1 Chicken Breast
  • 2c Lettuce
  • 1/2c Black Beans
  • 1/4c Red Onion
  • 1/2 Avocado
  • 2tbls Salsa or Fresh Pico as dressing

Chicken-Pecan Salad

Ingredients:

  • 1 Chicken Breast
  • 2c Lettuce
  • 1/4c Chopped Pecans
  • 1/4c Craisins
  • 2tbls Vinaigrette

Classic Greek Salad

Ingredients:

  • Chicken Breast
  • 2c Lettuce
  • 1/4c Red Onion
  • 1/4c Olives
  • 1/4c Blue Cheese

Or just improvise and use whatever is left in the fridge!!
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Grocery List

  • 5 Chicken Breasts
  • 10c Your choice of Lettuce
  • 2 Apples
  • 1 Lemon
  • 1 Avocado
  • 1 Cucumber
  • 1 Red Onion
  • 1/2c Black Beans
  • Salsa
  • Olives
  • 1/2c Blue Cheese
  • Pecans
  • Craisins/Raisins
  • Low fat/ Fat Free Vinaigrette