Salad with Chicken Recipe Easy – We LOVE salads, but only when they’re filling, full of flavor, and satisfying! This Salad with Chicken Recipe is not only easy, but it’s also incredibly tasty, and packed with nutrients that will keep you satisfied for hours.
With fruit, veggies, seeds, chicken, and dairy-free cheese, this salad is so delicious you’ll want to make it over-and-over again! Ready for the recipe? Let’s get into it!
Salad with Chicken Recipe Easy
Salads are a great way to pack in a ton of plants all at once. And when I say “pack in”, I really mean it! You’ll rarely find me eating a salad with only lettuce and a veggie or two. I love my salads loaded down with both sweet and savory plants, and lots of variety! This Salad with Chicken Recipe includes 7 different plant foods, and is loaded with even more nutrient-dense ingredients!
The best part about making a salad is that they leave lots of room for creativity! I never worry about my salads turning out bad, because there’s simply no such thing…well at least it would be very difficult to make a bad tasting salad.
My salad recipes are normally based off of what I’m enjoying at the time, and what flavors I feel would compliment each other best. For this recipe, I opted for mostly seasonal produce, for a “fall harvest vibe”. So what exactly went into my fall inspired Salad with Chicken Recipe?
How to Make this Fall Inspired Salad with Chicken Recipe Easy
As previously mentioned, this Salad with Chicken Recipe Easy was inspired by in season, fall produce. While you should feel free to modify this recipe to your preferences, here are the ingredients I chose to use:
Arugula and Butter Lettuce Mix: The bed of this salad is a mix of butter lettuce and arugula. Firstly because I sometimes have problems digesting raw veggies, and these seem to be the easiest on my GI system. Secondly because of the unique, mild spicy flavor arugula brings to the mix!
Butternut Squash: A festive cool season squash, butternut squash offers a mildly sweet and nutty flavor to this salad!
Green Apples: In season July through November, green apples add the perfect crunch, an a tart sweetness to our Salad with Chicken Recipe!
Dried Cranberries: Another tart and chewy addition, dried cranberries are a great way to enjoy this fruit in a unique way. Dried cranberries are one ingredient to be extra picky about, as most brands include added sugar. Instead, I love brands that use apple juice as a sweetener, or no sweetener at all!
Avocados: While no a seasonal fruit to fall, I simply cannot resist adding avocados to all of my salad recipes! Smooth and creamy with a mild flavor, they’re also a great way to pack in healthy fats and other nutrients! Avocados are an absolute staple in my house!
Pumpkin Seeds: Nuts and seeds are a great, nutrient-filled alternative to croutons! All of the crunch and flavor, with even more nutrients and health benefits! I love pumpkin seeds for their high levels of magnesium, protein, and anti-inflammatory properties.
Vegan Cheese: We strongly believe that milk does the body more harm than good. On top of that, there are just too many amazing alternatives these days to make dairy milk necessary!
With so many delicious options, there’s simply no reason to miss out on your cheese and milk. Use your vegan cheese of choice, or make it from home!
Organic Chicken: Chicken is a fantastic source of protein. I love chicken thighs since they are extra tender, and offer healthy fats.
Salads and Toppings PERFECT for Fall
Looking for more recipes to enjoy this fall? Here are some of my absolute favorite fall inspired, salad related recipes!
Fall Salad: This Fall Salad is loaded with nuts, seeds, fruit, vegetables, vegan cheese, and a tiny bit of turkey bacon. It truly covers all the bases!
Easy Candied Pecans Recipe: Easy Candied Pecans recipe is quick to make on the stove top. This clean version uses coconut sugar instead of refined sugar. Try these Candied Pecans on your next salad!
Cauliflower Hummus: If you’ve never tried hummus on your salad before, you most definitely should! A smooth and creamy addition, hummus is perfect for a tasty salad addition!
I don’t agree with the idea that cauliflower can replace everything, but when it comes to cauliflower hummus, it’s the perfect alternative! Cauliflower is also in peak season September through November, so it’s perfect for a fall salad!
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Salad with Chicken Recipe Easy
This Salad with Chicken Recipe Easy is not only simple, but it’s incredibly tasty, and packed with nutrients that will keep you satisfied.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 20 minutes
- Total Time: 30 minutes
- Yield: 1–2 servings 1x
- Category: Salad
- Method: Skillet
- Cuisine: American
- Diet: Gluten Free
- 1 cup butter lettuce
- 1 cup arugula
- 1 organic chicken thigh
- 1/4 cup butternut squash, steamed
- 1/2 avocado
- 1/4 cup dried cranberries
- 1/2 green apple, sliced
- 1/4 cup dairy-free cheese
- 2 tablespoons nuts or seeds
- Onion powder, to taste
- Garlic powder, to taste
- Sea salt, to taste
- Avocado oil, to pan fry chicken
- Begin by heating a thin layer of avocado oil in a skillet (I like cast iron for crispy chicken), on medium heat *see notes
- Coat both sides of the chicken thigh in garlic and onion powder, alongside sea salt to taste. Place in skillet.
- Cook both sides of the chicken thigh until crisp (around 3-5 minutes per side).
- Once chicken thighs are crisped, reduce heat to low, and cover. Allow to cook until internal temperature reaches at least 165ºF.
- As thighs are cooking, steam butternut squash, and slice apples and avocado. Set aside.
- Once chicken is thoroughly cooked, remove from heat, and cut chicken into strips. Set aside.
- Combine butter lettuce and arugula into a large bowl.
- Top with butternut squash, apples, avocado, vegan cheese, nuts or seeds of choice, and chicken thigh strips.
- Top with your favorite dressing, or try our Healthy Honey Mustard Dressing!
- Enjoy immediately.
*As an alternative cooking method, air fry chicken thighs before use.
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