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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.


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.

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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


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?