My Favorite "Healthy" Salad
Updated: Jan 15, 2018
All salads are not created equal. We all know this, and it is a mean joke to include the word "salad" in pasta salad, taco salad, chicken salad...you get the idea. It's no surprise that I love all of these salads, but salad is such a "healthy" word. Why would it be used to describe things that are not healthy? That I cannot answer. I do know that I have found a salad that I'm completely addicted to at the moment, and it is HEALTHY! I believe the key ingredient is avocado, which is one of my favorite foods. I have specific things that I have to have in this salad, but I do however have variations depending on what I have in my fridge.
My main ingredients:
chicken breast chunks (about a half cup)
cooked brown rice or quinoa (1/4 to 1/2 cup)
1/4 avocado (sliced into small pieces)
spinach and/or romaine lettuce
cilantro (to taste)
lemon juice (to taste)
teaspoon of olive oil (optional)
These ingredients are the "foundation" of the salad, and I usually add many more things, such as bell peppers, tomatoes, cucumber, black beans, or any other veggies I may have on hand. You can add whatever veggies to this to add even more nutritional value.
The "healthy" part of this salad is what is actually missing: salad dressing. This one ingredient can make any salad go from healthy to unhealthy no matter what other superfoods you add to it. This is why I use some lemon juice and sometimes olive oil Actually, I have recently quit using the olive oil to cut down on the calories, and it is still pretty tasty.
I also like to prep these veggies and have precooked chicken breast on hand along with some precooked brown rice, so I can put this salad together in less than 5 minutes. I love that the protein in the chicken and the complex carbs in the brown rice keep me full longer. This has been my go-to salad for months now when I need a quick, healthy and yummy meal.
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I am not a professional; therefore, any information that I provide should not be taken as professional health advice but is my own personal opinion and from my own personal experiences.