As I said on Tuesday when the seasons change I want different food. This Strawbery Chicken Cobb Salad is one of those changes and I could eat it every dang day. I don’t often crave a salad in the middle of winter (yes, a dietitian is admitting that) as I want something warm and comforting. This time of year is different. I crave fresh fruits and veggies more than I can express.
I subscribe to Field Goods (a local food delivery service) and I know the seasons are changing based on what foods are in the bag. Depending on what’s in the bag may make me change up what’s in my salad. This week, however, the greens were fresh and crisp, the onions plenty, the tomatoes juicy and it showed me it is time for salad season.
When I want a salad, I want it to be filling. Salads should not be viewed as a “diet” food or something that leaves you wanting more. It should be an incredibly filling way for you to eat a ton of vegetables (and a ton of deliciousness). If your salads are boring you or leaving you dissatisfied, then guess what, you’re doing it wrong!
Strawberries in a Salad?
Yes, I like to put odd items together in a salad. Although I don’t think fruit in a salad is particularly weird. People think that adding sugar-sweetened dried cranberries are okay, but *gasp* add fresh fruit and all of a sudden you are weird. They put fruit on the salad bar at grocery stores FOR A REASON, OKAY?!
Anywho, when I saw strawberries on sale, I couldn’t resist and knew it was time to showcase their beauty (and taste) this month. The strawberries add a touch of sour, a taste of sweet and a punch of vitamin C. You won’t know what hit you! Not to mention, if you care about taking pictures of your food, they will help even the beginner photographer out, you’re welcome. Snap/Insta away!
Easy 6-minute soft-boiled egg
Ok, ok. While I want to gush over strawberries all day, let’s backtrack to the egg. If we were what we ate, I’m pretty sure I’d be an egg at this point. I guess most would call me an eggs-pert…
Want your egg to look like the one in the picture? Easy! just ensure these 2 KEY components.
- Get a good source for your eggs. Chances are you have a friend or family member that has chickens. If not, look for a pasture-raised source. My favorites? Handsome Brook Farm, & Vital Farms.
- Learn how to cook eggs already. They’re not hard, it just takes some due diligence to learn the different methods. Cooking eggs is a fundamental skill everyone should know, so let’s make that happen!
How to make the soft boiled egg?
- Put eggs in the bottom of a saucepan
- Fill with water to just about 1 inch above eggs
- Add a pinch of salt and bring water to a boil
- Once boiling, set timer for 6 minutes
- Then remove from heat, have a bowl of ice water ready and put eggs in an ice bath for a few minutes, peel and enjoy!
Tie it All Up with a Cute Little Bow, or Vinaigrette
This salad has so many textures and flavors that it keeps me coming back for more. It’s not your average salad and won’t bore you at your desk this week. Yes, it takes a little legwork to prep, unless of course, you buy things pre-cooked or pre-made (no judgment here). Heck, use a rotisserie chicken if you wish.
As for the dressing, it is a fresh addition to tie up your salad with a nice little bow. Fun fact, I actually have zero dressings in my refrigerator right now. I much prefer to make something fresh or just use oil/vinegar on my salad, sorry I know I’m odd. However, this quick vinaigrette was so light and fresh that I might need to make a large batch of it just to use it on every salad I make.
Winner Winner Chicken Dinner
If you want to cook your own chicken here’s how:
- Preheat oven to 400°F
- Grease a baking dish with a spray, oil or butter
- Place chicken breasts on a baking dish
- Sprinkle with your favorite seasoning
- Bake for 35-40 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 165°
Alright, time to get prepping! With the sun out this week, no excuses, get after it (and stay after it).
Pro tip: at the beginning of the week, prep all of your food and store separately (so no sogginess happens). Then mix your salad either the night before or at time of consumption.Print
- 2 cups raw spinach
- 2–4 strawberries, sliced (tops removed)
- 1 Tbsp. pancetta
- ¼ avocado, diced
- 1 egg, soft boiled
- 1/4 small red onion, diced
- 1/2 tomato, diced
- 1– 6oz. chicken breast, cooked
- 1 oz. goat cheese, crumbled
- 1/4 green pepper, diced
Lemon Honey Vinaigrette
- Juice of 1 lemon + zest
- 2 Tbsp avocado oil (or other light oil)
- 1 Tbsp raw honey
- salt & pepper to taste
- This one is super hard, get ready for an extreme recipe.
- Whisk together ingredients for dressing, set aside
- Assemble salad with all other ingredients & top with dressing.
- Serving Size: 1
Pro tip #2: double, triple, quadruple the recipe for however many salads you need for the week!
ps. thank you to everyone for your feedback and support of yesterday’s post! The amount of response has been amazing and I hope it shines some light on diet & health. More of those type of posts to come! <3
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