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Berry Avocado Chicken Salad with Creamy Poppyseed Dressing

  • Author: Katja from Savory Lotus
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: salad

Description

Loaded with fresh berries, avocado, chicken, hard boiled eggs, crunchy romaine, micro greens, and a creamy poppyseed dressing, this is the PERFECT summer salad. Gluten free. Paleo. Dairy free.


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Ingredients

FOR CREAMY POPPYSEED DRESSING

  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise (homemade or THIS brand with healthy oils)
  • 1/4 cup milk of any kind (I use THIS)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil (I use THIS organic brand)
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar (I use THIS raw brand)
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp poppy seeds (like this)
  • 1 tsp honey or maple syrup (optional)
  • pinch of salt

FOR THE SALAD

  • 1 pound of chicken breast, cooked (see note on my favorite easy way to cook)
  • 23 hard boiled eggs, peeled and sliced  (see note)
  • 5 cups romaine lettuce, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup of micro greens or sprouts
  • 1 avocado, peeled and sliced
  • 1 cup of blackberries
  • 1 cup of blueberries
  • 2 cups strawberries, sliced
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts (like this)

Instructions

  1. To make dressing:  in a small bowl, whisk all dressing ingredients together until creamy smooth.  Adjust for lemon flavor and salt.  Set aside.
  2. To assemble salad, arrange romaine and micro greens on a large platter.  Add cooked chicken breast, sliced eggs, berries, avocado, and pine huts.  Drizzle on dressing.  Serve and enjoy!
  3. Alternatively, you can plate romaine and micro greens on four individual plates and divide salad fixings evenly on top to make four individual servings.  Drizzle dressing on top and serve.

Notes

  • This recipe works with any type of cooked chicken, grilled, baked, or pan-seared.  The easiest way to cook chicken breast is to lightly pound chicken breast into one inch even pieces in between 2 pieces of parchment paper (I use my rolling pin.) Lightly salt and pepper each side. Heat 1 tablespoon of your fav cooking fat over medium heat.  Place chicken breast into pan and cook for 6 minutes without moving it, until golden brown and easily lifts from pan.  Add 1 teaspoon of butter,  lifting chicken so the butter flows underneath. Cook for an additional minute.  Flip chicken and cook for 5-7 minutes, until chicken is cooked all the way through.  Remove pan from heat and allow chicken to rest for a couple of minutes.
  • The easiest way to make perfect hard-boiled eggs is to steam them in a steamer basket.  Once water is boiling, add eggs to steamer basket.  Generally I prefer soft boiled eggs at 7 minutes.  For this recipe, I steamed them for 9 minutes. I prefer my eggs slightly “wet”. For fully hard boiled eggs, you would do about 11-12 minutes.