Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Power Salad!!

It's pushing 100 degrees in San Diego today... NO WAY am I turning on the oven tonight!  I just bought a bunch of "freshies" (my family's favorite term for fresh fruits and vegetables) at the store yesterday and have plenty of shredded chicken from my Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken recipe... so a big chicken salad it is!  I remembered seeing a delicious-looking spinach salad on Pinterest.com that used a majority of the ingredients I have in the fridge, so I thought I'd give it a try!
With a few of my own modifications I put together a fresh, delicious salad... that's also really high in protein!

Spinach Salad w/ Chicken, Avocado, Feta, and Pine Nuts 
aka The Power Salad!
adapted from a recipe by RecipeGirl.com

This recipe makes one BIG bowl of salad...

  • 2-3 cups baby spinach
  • 1/3 cup corn (I used sweet frozen corn and thawed quickly in the microwave)
  • 1 tomato, chopped (I always use Roma's)
  • 1 cup cooked, shredded chicken
  • 1/4 cup cucumber, peeled and chopped
  • 1/4 avocado, sliced
  • 2 tbsp. toasted pine nuts
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 hard-boiled egg, sliced
  • 2 tbsp. dressing of your choice (tonight I used a light Blue Cheese dressing)

1.  Thaw frozen corn in microwave for 45 sec to 1 min.  Add baby spinach to a large bowl.  Prepare all other ingredients as stated above.

2.  To toast the pine nuts, place them in a small pan (I use a single egg pan!) and heat over medium for 3-5 minutes, tossing frequently.  Keep an eye on them so they don't burn! When they are done they will have a nice golden color.

3.  Begin adding ingredients to the bowl in layers, starting with corn and ending with hard boiled egg.  Drizzle 2 tbsp. of the dressing of your choice over the top!

NOW DIG IN!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)


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