Mixed greens tossed with sliced strawberries, chopped cooked chicken, crumbled goat cheese, chopped avocado and sliced almonds, in a simple honey & citrus vinaigrette dressing. Yum. Yum. Yum.
I had this delicious salad for lunch yesterday and just thinking about it still makes me smile. I was able to concoct it by combining ingredients I had in the fridge and pantry: mixed greens, strawberries, leftover rotisserie chicken, avocado, red onion, goat cheese crumbles, and sliced almonds. (Oh, how I love a well stocked fridge.)
This hearty main dish dinner salad (with 8 Weight Watchers Points+ per serving) laced with lean protein, fiber, and healthy fat, kept me full and satisfied until dinner.
I love salads for lunch and sometimes even for dinner, especially when the weather turns warm, like it’s already doing here in Phoenix.
The key is to never think of salads as “diet food.” Instead think of them as colorful, satisfying and delicious ways to load up on healthy vegetables and fruits, especially when tossed with your own healthy homemade salad dressing.
- 8 cups mixed greens, well rinsed and drained
- 4 cups cooked chopped chicken
- 1-1/2 cups sliced strawberries
- 1 medium avocado, cubed
- ¼ red onion, sliced very thinly
- ¼ cup sliced almonds or chopped walnuts
- ¼ cup crumbled goat cheese
- Salt & freshly ground black pepper to taste
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 2 tablespoon orange juice
- 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
- 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
- To prepare dressing, in a jar with a tight cover, combine the olive oil, honey, orange juice, rice wine vinegar and mustard. Cover the jar tightly and shake until well blended. (Or whisk everything together in a small bowl.)
- In a large bowl, place the mixed greens, sliced strawberries, avocado cubes, sliced onion, sliced almonds.
- Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- Drizzle the dressing over and toss until everything is combined and coated with dressing.
- Add the goat cheese crumbles and toss again gently.
- Serve immediately.
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