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Friday, 28 March 2014

Skinny Salad with a Twist

I'm not usually a fan of salads (aka rabbit food) but of late as I'm trying to become more healthy I've been looking into salads that capture my appetite. 

My favourite recently has been a simple chicken salad with a fruit twist:

Image from RedBookMag

What you will need:

- 7 oz (1 breast) poached chicken breast
- 2 cups chicken broth (you can get fat free it just takes some shelf searching in the supermarket!)
- 1 apple, peeled and cut into small cubes (go for your favourite type, I like Pink Lady apples)
-1 cup red seedless grapes, cut in half (this is a bit messy)
- 1/2 cup celery, chopped
- 1/4 cup light Hellman's mayonnaise (For those people like me who aren't a mayonnaise fan believe me its not overpowering)
- 2 tbsp fat free Greek yogurt
- salt and pepper (for taste)
- mixed greens like spinach and lettuce

The How to: 
For super skinny chicken breast it's best to poach it and here's how: 

Image by Create Nutrition
Cover the chicken breast in the broth in a small pot, add some water if it doesn't cover the chicken. This is important to retain moisture and flavour.

Add salt and pepper, a piece of the celery and it's leaves (you could add any herbs you want here so go mad and try something new!) and bring to a boil.

Reduce to a simmer and cook 5 minutes. Remove from heat, cover tight and let it sit for 15-20 minutes or until thickest part of the breast is thoroughly cooked. Let it cool and cut into small cubes.

That's the hard part over now onto the rest. It's time to mix it up:
Grab a big bowl and throw in your mayo, yogurt, and mix well - season to taste.

Add the chicken (make sure it's cool), grapes, apple pieces, celery and anything else you fancy at this stage (I sometimes add charred peppers if I'm feeling like it needs some colour) and mix all together. 

Put it in the fridge until you are ready to serve. I usually have it with spinach, lettuce and watercress but go with whatever greens you have lying around. 

You could add pecans or other nuts to this for extra bite or plantains for sweetness depending on your mood or your dinner company :)

Image by the balanced plate

I think that it's pretty healthy and really yummy for a salad so have been having it loads over the past couple of weeks. It's a really basic base to which you can really mix it up and add anything you have in the cupboard or just your favourite veggies. 

Give it a go if you need a salad overhaul & enjoy!!! 


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