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.
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)
- 2–3 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)
- To make dressing: in a small bowl, whisk all dressing ingredients together until creamy smooth. Adjust for lemon flavor and salt. Set aside.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.