This is a great spring inspired salad that has delicious sweet and savory flavor profile from the fruit and chicken. This recipe is a knockoff of the popular Panera Salad, for that “I want to go out to Panera” taste, without the “I just spent 14 bucks for a salad and a drink at Panera” feel…
You can adjust your protein/veg/fruit levels to your liking.
Ingredients:(for one salad)
- 1 chicken breast per salad (or half a chicken breast depending on hunger levels)
- sweet onion chopped finely
- fresh strawberries
- fresh blueberries
- almond slices
- Panera Poppyseed Salad Dressing (use sparingly, as the cals from this can add up)
- 1 cucumber
- 1 mixed salad bag or salad green of your choice (I prefer fresh spinach)
- olive oil
Season chicken breast(s) with olive oil, salt and pepper. Sear in a skillet over medium high heat for 3 minutes per side and then turn heat to medium low, cover the skillet with a lid or foil, and cook for 10 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through.
Let the chicken rest for 5 minutes, and then chop into bite sized pieces.
Chop cucumbers. Chop strawberries. Chop onion. Add all of your greens to a plate, top with your chicken and fruit. Remember, a little fruit and dressing go a long way, so use it sparingly!
Selfishly count all the money you saved from eating at home instead of going out!