For the avid weight watchers, salad forms an indispensable part of their cuisines allowing them to experiment with nutritious options without compromising on their weight loss.
A wholesome choice is a nutrient dense chicken salad which gives all the essential vitamins and minerals without overly compromising individual health. These salad recipes are simple and straightforward and can be combined with whole wheat bread as a scrumptious lunch option.
Chicken And Zucchini Salad
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For the Ingredients you will need:
1 1/2 cups of cooked chicken, deboned and shredded into chunky pieces
1/2 cup mozarella cheese which has been grated
1/2 cup cheddar cheese, grated
1 red bell pepper, diced
1/2 zuchhini, chopped
1 cup cherry tomatoes. They are miniature tomatoes used especially in salads, chopped
1/2 teaspoon red chilli flakes
1/4 teaspoon garlic, chopped
1/2 onions, chopped
Black pepper, 1 tablespoon olive oil.
3 tablespoons of home made or store brought mayonnaise
2-3 green chillies, finely chopped
2 -3 leaves of chopped lettuce
Chop the red bell pepper and zucchchini into small chunks.Lightly mix the chicken, pepper, zuchchini and cherry tomatoes. Now add the 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Mix well. To this add the chopped garlic and onions and mix well.Sprinkle the red chilli flakes and pepper.
Add the mayonnaise as per taste and lightly whisk the salad together. Put the salad in decorative serving dishes.Chop the chillies length wise and add them at the end to the salad. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
Serve with baked potatoes or fried chips/bread and crisp-fried tortillas as a light lunch.
Tangy Chicken Salad
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For the Ingredients you will need:
1 large chicken cooked, deboned and cut into chunky half inch pieces.
3 tablespoons Olive oil
3 tablespoons pineapple juice
3tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon honey
2 cups peeled oranges
1 cup chopped apple
21/2 cups kiwi fruit
2 tablespoons finely chopped walnuts
3 cups diced celery
4 tablespoons mayonnaise
Cut chicken into pieces and boil with water. Season with salt and pepper. Cook until tender. Remove skin and fat first. Remove chicken from bones and cut into cubes.
Mix together the olive oil, pineapple juice, lime juice, honey, salt. Marinate the chicken in this mixture and keep this in the refrigerator for 12 hours.Season with salt and pepper.
Wash and drain the fruit well. Add chopped walnuts to the fruit portion along with the celery. Then add this to the chicken mixture.
Make simple mayonnaise at home or get ready-made mayonnaise. Add to chicken mixture, mix well.
Serve with crackers and lettuce or bread.
Almond Chicken Salad
For the ingredients :
1 cup cooked and diced chicken
½ cup grapes
½ cup diced celery
1 teaspoon mustard paste
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 tablespoon finely chopped almonds
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
1 boiled egg chopped
Cherry tomatoes (optional)
2 Tablespoons Mayaonnaise ( The mayonnaise can be made at home and is also readily available in all super markets)
2 teaspoons light cream
Mix the chicken, grapes, chopped almonds and egg. Add the celery to this mixture. Season with salt, pepper and mustard paste. In the end add the mayonnaise and mix the salad well. Toss in some cherry tomatoes as an option. You can have this salad with some baked potatoes and rye bread.
These chicken salad recipes are simple to make and are made out of locally available ingredients. They are best eaten fresh.