Spinach Salad with Cayenne Chicken, Avocado, Pistachios and Pomegranate

Cayenne Chicken Salad

Cayenne Chicken Salad

I found this gem of a salad in the Jan/Feb edition of the Clean Eating Magazine subscription I receive, and so far I’ve made it twice.

Sometimes we just like a big salad for dinner and this one is like a party in your mouth of flavor sensations!

Pomegranates which are a winter seasonal fruit add a surprise tangy, sweetness when they pop in your mouth. Tender pieces of cayenne chicken add your protein and a whole other taste sensation that’s a bit spicy and warm. Firm avocado with their good-for-you-fats, are the smooth background that all the tastes play off. Add pistachios for a salty nutty flavor and crunch… and the Greek yogurt dressing with lemon… oh my goodness… just go make it, it’s sensational!

It’s a super filling, nutrient packed supper salad. Buy pre-cooked chicken for a super duper fast and healthy dinner. Enjoy!

 Ingredients:

2 pkgs- of precooked chicken, plain

Bag of Spinach, chopped

lemon juice (about 1/4 cup PLUS 3 Tbsp.)

sea salt – to taste

ground pepper – to taste

1/4 tsp. – ground cayenne pepper

olive oil or cooking spray (to heat the pre-cooked chicken)

1/4 cup –  Greek yogurt, plain

2 tsp. olive oil

1/2-red onion, cut into half moons

1/2 cup- pomegranates

1 ounce (or one handful, divided) of pistachios

1-avocado, peeled and diced, divided

Directions:

In large skillet, heat few tbsp. of olive oil or cooking spray, add chicken, 3 Tbsp of lemon juice, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper and warm through. Set aside.

While that heats through, make your dressing: Take 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt, 1/4 cup lemon juice, 2 tsp. of olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste (about 1/4 tsp salt and 1 tsp. pepper) and whisk together. Set aside.

Take two handfuls of spinach and chop for each person and plate that. (I use a manual food processor from Tupperware that chops it great.)

Cut up your avocados and red onion and place on top and around the beds of spinach

Add your pomegranates and pistachios in and around that

Divide your chicken in half. Top each plated salad with the cooked chicken

Drizzle with the Greek Yogurt lemon dressing, devour and feel good about it.

Added bonus: The combination of spinach, avocado and pistachios, make this salad a nutrient superstar, packing 51% and 46% of your daily recommended intake of vitamins B6 and C, respectively. The latter is essential for normal brain function and helps your body create chemical neurotransmitters that sends signals among nerve cells.

Makes 2 very large one-meal salads or 4 small dinner salads. You decide.

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