April 11, 2013

Chop to It Chicken Salad

Can anyone remember the last time I posted a recipe with chicken on this blog? I can’t. And I’m not sure if I should say “you’re welcome” or “I’m sorry.” Ever since I signed up for with Gruber Farm CSA last Spring, my poultry intake has drastically decreased. I’ve found there so many other great sources of protein that don’t make you question the process it went through before getting on your plate:

  • almonds
  • black beans
  • quinoa
  • lentils
  • chickpeas
  • edamame
  • tofu (yes, highly processed/debatable, but another veg option)

This particular recipe, adapted from Big Girls, Small Kitchen, calls for a bone-in chicken breast. I’d never cooked one before, so I asked the meat man at Whole Foods if they were better. He told me that the bone marrow has a lot of nutrients and healing properties. He said there’s a woman with cancer who comes in to buy the bones on a weekly basis. She has been making stock with them for a while and it has greatly improved her overall health. This made me smile!

Whether you eat chicken or not is up to you. I’m certain there are benefits for both sides, but it is up to YOU to decide what’s right for your body. : ) That said, this salad can be made with or without the bird, so let’s go!IMG_3838

Chop to It Chicken Salad
Adapted from Big Girls, Small Kitchen
Serves 4


For the Salad
1 bone-in, skin-on chicken breast
Olive oil
Salt and pepper
1 (14-oz.) can hearts of palm, cut into chunks
1 cup fresh corn kernels
3 roasted red peppers, cut into bite-sized pieces
1 ripe avocados, cubed
fresh parsley

For the Vinaigrette
2 tsp. apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp. fresh squeezed lime juice
1/2 tsp. Dijon mustard
2 tbsp. olive oil
¾ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. oregano
1 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon honey
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Wash the chicken and dry it well with a paper towel. Place it on a foil-lined baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake for 35 minutes, or until the skin is crispy and the juices run clear. Cool completely and shred with a fork.
2. In a large bowl, add the chicken, hearts of palm, corn, and red peppers.
3. In a small bowl, whisk together the vinegar, lime juice, olive oil,  salt, oregano, garlic, honey, and pepper.
4. Drizzle vinaigrette over the salad and mix. Gently toss in avocado at the end. Serve garnished with fresh parsley.


All these colors make me so happy. More color = more flavor and more vitamins. <3 Enjoy!

Favorite salad ingredients?

Favorite protein source for salads?

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  • Ally’s Sweet & Savory Eats

    I’ve been hearing a lot about bone broths lately….very intriguing!

  • I would definitely eat this – adding it to the menu for next week 🙂

  • Natalie Mason

    Thank you for making my day and posting this. You know I love a good chopped salad. I am a little weary of the tofu though…..

  • Beth Joy

    That looks delicious!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin

    I have chicken and corn I need to use up in my freezer before I move, so I’m definitely pinning this to make next week!

    I’m a big fan of beans, tempeh, tofu and chicken in my salads.

  • Meg @ A Dash of Meg

    Mmmmmm this would be soooo good girlfraaan ;)<3 I love avocado in my salads! I just had a salad yesterday will grilled seafood, sundried tomatoes, and avocado! SO GOOD! I've had a salad very similar to the one you posted today at a restaurant and they added dates! It was so good!

  • Amy Florez

    That looks amazing!

    • it was fairly easy too! so fresh tasting!

  • Sam @ Better With Sprinkles

    Looks like such a pretty salad! I like chicken, crumbled bacon and hard boiled egg in my salad…apparently, I’m still thinking about the Cobb I made early in the week :-p

    • hahaha i am still thinking about hard boiled eggs in a salad too, ever since you mentioned in your post 🙂

  • itzyskitchen

    That salad is just gorgeous! Colorful!!

  • Ashley Morris

    The vinaigrette sounds delicious! I have a feeling will be on my menu soon!

  • Kelly

    That looks delish! I’m a sucker for chicken and avocado.

  • Oh my goodness, this salad looks so delicious!

  • This looks great! Hmmm my favorite salad ingredient would have to be either avocado or some sort of salty cheese like feta.

  • MMM that looks fresh and delicious!

  • oooh it’s so pretty and colorful!

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