Try this fun, healthy twist on classic chicken salad. Roast the chicken a few days ahead to make it quick and easy to put this salad together. Or you can use leftover roast chicken or a store-bought rotisserie chicken.
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For the chicken salad:
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- 1 large celery rib, finely chopped
- 1/4 cup organic mayonnaise
- 1 small shallot, finely chopped
- 2 1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh herbs (dill, parsley, cilantro, tarragon, or
- 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 pound roast chicken breast, chopped into bite-size pieces
- Salt and pepper
- 8 ounces salad greens (spring mix, arugula, baby kale, or romaine)
- 1 avocado, peeled, pitted, and sliced
- 3/4 cup fresh raspberries
For the vinaigrette:
- 2 tablespoons walnut oil
- 1 tablespoon vinegar (champagne, raspberry or red wine)
- Salt and pepper
- Combine the walnuts, celery, mayonnaise, shallots, herbs and lemon juice in a medium bowl and stir together until well mixed.
- Add the chopped chicken breast and toss to coat evenly. Season with salt and pepper, as needed.
- To assemble the dish, divide the greens into four portions on dinner plates.
- Whisk the oil and vinegar together until combined and season with salt and pepper to taste. Drizzle around the greens.
- Divide the chicken salad into four portions and mound on top of the greens.
- Add the sliced avocado and the raspberries around the edges of the plate.
Makes 4 servings
Serving: 1/2 cup chicken salad, 2 cups dressed greens
Fat: 34 g
Saturated fat: 4 g
Cholesterol: 55 mg
Fiber: 7 g
Protein: 26 g
Carbohydrate: 14 g
Sodium: 151 mg
— From the book, Eat Fat, Get Thin, by Mark Hyman, MD.