One of the best things about this semester is that my oldest son is home from school just in time for a late lunch. Since I work from home, we grab a bit together at least twice a week. Of all my kids, his eating habits are the most like mine (except for the sweets. He can take or leave dessert). He likes fresh and healthy food, and surprisingly for an 18-year old boy, lots of salads. Also like me, he works out a lot, and is always looking for a way to get max nutrition and a good hit of protein.
Lately I’ve been making us a big salad. It takes just a few minutes then we can just dig into the bowl to eat our fill. I start with a mixture of greens that I always keep washed and handy in the fridge (spinach, romaine, radicchio, endive, arugula). The next thing I toss in is some kind of protein – turkey or chicken usually Maple Leaf Prime pre-cooked strips (he’s not a fan of tuna). Then, I add some crunch, cheese, and homemade vinaigrette, and voila, we’ve got a really healthy lunch to share over a nice chat.
Here’s what we had this time.
And here’s how to make it.
Chicky’s Big Salad: Chicken, Feta, Hearts of Palm and Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette
What You’ll Need (this is for two):
6 cups of mixed greens (today I used romaine and arugula)
1 cup of Maple Leaf Prime chicken or turkey strips per person
1 can of hearts of palm, cut into 1/4 inch slices
1 red bell pepper, seeds removed, cut into bite-sized pieces
1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled
Maple Balsamic dressing (recipe below)
What you’ll do:
If desired, warm the chicken in the microwave for about a minute. Combine all ingredients up to the dressing in a large bowl. Toss. Add dressing to taste (we don’t like a ton, you might). Toss again. If desired, serve with a toasted bagel, crackers, or maybe just great conversation.
The Best Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette
In a Magic Bullet, mini-chopper or blender, place the following:
- 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
- 2/3 cup EVOO
- 1 large clove of garlic
- 1 heaping tsp of grainy Dijon Mustard
- 1 tbsp real maple syrup
- Freshly ground salt & pepper to taste
Blend until combined (about 1 minute).
So, are you excited to go make a salad? What do you like on yours?
Looking for more tips from Maple Leaf Prime, including recipe ideas for chicken strips? Visit them on Facebook or give them a shout on Twitter. They’d love to share some good food ideas. (You could always ask me too. It’s no secret that I’m a poultry-ophile. Is that a thing?)
Like this chicken recipe? Check out my classic chicken soup, My Mom’s Sticky Chicky, or the Best Roast Chicken in the World.
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Maple Leaf Prime. I was compensated to write it. However the recipe, tips, and ideas are all my own.