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Crunchy Chicken Salad

19 Feb

Hey there ūüôā¬† On this very gloomy Tuesday, I wanted to share a very delicious salad recipe with you!

This is another one of my Mom’s, but over the years I’ve tweaked it a bit.¬† The original recipe called for iceberg lettuce, but I prefer Romaine.¬† It’s much easier to chop up and has more nutritional value!¬† Instead of poached chicken, I like to use roasted to add more flavor.¬† A shredded rotisserie chicken is fabulous, or you can just roast up a few¬†chicken tenders like¬†I¬†did today!¬† Here’s how you make it:

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Crunchy Chicken Salad

makes 2 salads

1 head Romaine lettuce
2 scallions
Shredded chicken
Toasted slivered almonds & sesame seeds
Classic 3-2-1 dressing

Start by thinly slicing the head of Romaine and scallions.  Divide into serving bowls.

greens

Next, toast the almonds and sesame seeds.  To do this, just heat the nuts in a skillet, stirring occasionally until they are fragrant.  Be careful not to burn!  Add to your greens.

nuts toasting

Add the shredded chicken and top with my easy 3-2-1 classic dressing.¬† It’s just 1 tbsp sugar, 2 tbsp vinegar, 3 tbsp olive oil, salt and pepper.¬† Toss everything together and enjoy!!

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Chicken Salad Lettuce Wraps

24 Oct

Happy Wednesday!¬† How is everyone’s day going so far?

Well, my day got off to a late start because of THIS

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Whenever I order something from Amazon, I always feel obligated to spend the $25 so I can get free shipping.  So on my last purchase, I chose Project Runway Season 4 (aka the best season) as my filler.  This was a horrible decision because instead of doing anything productive this week I have just been watching Christian Siriano talk about his ferociousness.  Oh well.

I eventually pulled myself together and made my way downtown for an afternoon Pilates session with Lisa at the Pilatium.¬† (If you live in the New York area, I cannot recommend her enough!)¬† I am starting to work on the advanced exercises now, so¬†it was a tough one, but I felt great afterwards ūüôā

Soooo, tonight¬†I wanted to share my recipe for chicken salad lettuce wraps.¬†¬†My mom and I adapted this from a Giada¬†recipe a few years ago, and I still make it today.¬† It is super fast and easy and makes a great light lunch or dinner.¬† It also holds up really well at room temperature, so it’s¬†a perfect option for a picnic or hiking trip.

Chicken Salad Lettuce Wraps
(adapted from Giada¬†De Laurentiis’s Italian Chicken Salad in Lettuce Cups)

About 3 cups shredded chicken (from 1 rotisserie chicken)
1 bell pepper, very thinly sliced (I use a little from a red, orange and yellow pepper to give the salad some color)
2 scallions, very thinly sliced
2 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
Handful of sliced almonds
Classic 3-2-1 dressing (recipe below!)
Romaine lettuce leaves

Combine the chicken, peppers, scallions, parsley and almonds in a large bowl.  Add the dressing and toss well.  Serve in lettuce leaves!

Classic 3-2-1 dressing

1 tsp organic cane sugar
2 tsp white vinegar
3 tsp extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper

Wisk together for a delicious dressing!

Make it your own:
– Use butter lettuce instead of romaine
– Serve as a sandwich
– Mix with a cooked grain like quinoa or wheat berries

Raspberry Pesto Chicken Salad

23 Oct

When I studied at NYU, all of my musical theater classes took place in a building on 18th Street.  Right next door was this pizza and pasta place, and they had an AMAZING salad bar.  Practically every day I got a salad with mixed greens, pesto chicken, crunchy noodles, almonds and raspberry vinaigrette.  I know it sounds like an odd combo but it sooo works!  This week, I attempted to recreate this salad using ingredients from home.  It was delish!

Raspberry Pesto Chicken Salad

1 head Romaine lettuce, thinly sliced
3 chicken tenders, marinated in store bought pesto sauce and grilled
Generous handful of crunchy Asian noodles (like La Choy)
Generous handful of sliced almonds
3-2-1 Raspberry Vinaigrette dressing (recipe below!)

Just toss all ingredients together for a refreshing and crunchy lunch salad! 

3-2-1 Raspberry Vinaigrette

1 tsp organic cane sugar
2 tsp raspberry vinegar
3 tsp extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

Wisk together for a sweet vinaigrette ūüôā

What was/is your go-to lunch?