Now that I’m no longer pregnant and I’m nursing, I’m trying to make a conscious effort to eat healthy again. What does this mean for me? It doesn’t mean cutting out sweets (sorry LM, but I have a sweet tooth!), but instead, it’s about balance. Which means finding ways to get my veggies in.
When I was pregnant, I was turned off by salads and a lot of veggies for some reason. But now that I’m not, I am happy to eat them again! There are only 2 things getting in my way:
- I’m turned off by boring food – if I’m going to have a salad, I want it to be FUN!
- I don’t have much free time lately. My hands are full literally most of the day (see: nursing a newborn) and then at night when I’m juggling 2 kids, one of whom is a needy and hungry toddler, I don’t feel like spending too much time preparing a meal.
That’s where this salad comes in. It’s anything BUT boring – look at it! It’s colorful! Doesn’t it just shout, “summer”?
AND it can be prepped in advance. I was able to prep all the ingredients throughout the day and then it only took 2 minutes to pull it together at dinner time. Plus, Half of the ingredients were things that I could put on FW’s plate, too, so we all could enjoy a similar dinner, which doesn’t happen often!
I can barely call this a recipe because it’s just throwing a few foods together, but in case this inspires you – here it is.
Summery Grilled Chicken, Avocado, Goat Cheese and Cherry Salad
For us, this served 2
Here’s what you need:
- 1/2 cup chopped grilled chicken – I got lucky and B had grilled the night before so we had leftover grilled chicken
- 1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese
- 1/2 avocado, chopped
- 4-6 cherries, pitted and sliced in half – I used Skylar Rae cherries* because of their sweetness, firm texture and beautiful color
- 3 cups lettuce
- 1/2 cup other veggies of your choosing – I did roasted sweet potatoes and sliced carrots
- 1/2 cup other protein of your choosing – I did chickpeas, hard-boiled egg and ham
- Your favorite dressing – mine is an easy balsamic dressing with mustard (similar recipe, here)
Here’s what you do:
- Prepare your ingredients. Measure out your chicken, goat cheese, avocado and cherries. The Skylar Rae cherries are perfect for this salad because of their sweetness and nice crisp texture.
- Place on top of lettuce.
- Gather other ingredients of your choice – I also added roasted sweet potatoes, carrots, chickpeas, hard-boiled egg and ham. Some other toppings that would be good include tomato, sunflower seeds, mushrooms, edamame, etc. Also, this could easily be a vegetarian salad – simply swap out the chicken and ham for other proteins, such as lentils.
- Top with salad dressing.
See how easy that was? Enjoy!
*Disclaimer: Stemilt sent me some complimentary Skylar Rae cherries, and I loved them. I mostly just ate them, but also put them into this salad. All views are my own.