Chicken & Avocado salad

I made a very tasty salad today, so I wanted to share.

Ingredients

  • ~6oz. grilled chicken breast
  • 1-2 slices bacon(preferably nitrate/-ite free, and pasture-fed if possible), diced or minced
  • Large handful of salad greens (I used the Herb Salad Mix from TJ’s)
  • 1/2 avocado, chopped & lightly salted
  • 1-2 tbsp. diced red onion
  • Small handful of red grapes, halved
  • Small handful of nuts (almonds or cashews work best), chopped
  • Small handful of sugar snap pea pods, 1/4 inch “slices”
  • Small handful of blueberries (I would omit these n time)
  • Basalmic vinaigrette (oil  & basalmic, crushed garlic, mustard powder, salt, pepper)

Instructions/Discussion

Here’s a close-up showing the relative sizes of the ingredients

This salad can be prepared with pre-cooked chicken, or the chicken can be cooked while the other ingredients are being prepped.  Bacon should be pre-cooked.

I tossed the greens, onions, and snow peas in vinaigrette, then added grapes, nuts, blueberries, and avocado.  Finally, I placed sliced chicken and sprinkled bacon bits on top.

I actually tried pecans, raw almonds, and cashews.  The cashews weren’t crunchy enough and didn’t really add much taste.  The almonds had a great crunch and a mellow flavor that I liked.  The cashews add another flavor note which I really liked, so I would probably use cashews when I want to punch up this salad.

Potential Dietary Concerns

  1. Basalmic vinegar   In order to do the Whole 30 or adhere to a strict paleo diet, you should make sure you have genuine aged basalmic vinegar, as opposed to “basalmic vinegar of Modena.”  According to Wikipedia, this latter product is rapidly mass-produced, beginning with wine vinegar and adding “colouring, caramel, and sometimes thickeners like guar gum or cornflour to artificially simulate the sweetness and thickness of the aged Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena.”  If your basalmic vinegar has been aged at least 12 years, it is the real deal and presumably free of fillers.
  2. Nuts   I’m a bit confused regarding nuts, but from what I can gather, they have a high enough proportion of omega-6s that it’s best to eat them in moderation.
  3. Bacon   Speaking of high omega-6s, this is another item to use sparingly.  Also, look for nitrate/-ite free bacon.  If you can find this as pastured bacon, so much the better.
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