Italian Chicken Salad Recipe

Recipe Classifications

Cuisine:

American, Italian

Meal:

Lunch, Dinner, Side Dish

Diet:

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Nut-Free, Paleo, Anti-Inflammatory Diet, Soy-Free

Rainbow:

Brown / White, Green, Red

Freezes well:

Yes

Prep Time  (total time):

Under 30 Minutes  (Over 1 Hour)

Italian Chicken Salad Recipe

Craving a taste of Italy? This Italian Chicken Salad Recipe will definitely make your day! It’s highly nutritious, flavorful, and so easy to make. Not to mention that it’s a good liver detox recipe too! And perhaps, all the ingredients are already in your pantry – nothing fancy, just plain and simple ingredients. 

Italian Chicken Salad Recipe

Chicken is added in this recipe not only because of the high protein content and umami flavor it provides but also because it’s an excellent source of selenium. Selenium is a powerful mineral that helps boost metabolism, improve thyroid, and prevent any damages that are caused by oxidative stress– a great indication of a detox recipe! Even better, this recipe calls for boneless and skinless chicken breast as it’s lesser in cholesterol and saturated fat.

Nonetheless, veggies like cucumber, spinach, and carrots also add great amounts of vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals, making this whole recipe a nutritional powerhouse. As a bonus, it only provides 9 grams of carbohydrates and 4 grams of sugar, making it perfect for those who are on a low-carb diet. It also provides 26 grams of protein, making it beneficial for those who are trying to lose weight, strength training, and improving their overall health. Happy Eating!

Italian Chicken Salad

A complete Italian meal that’s loaded with nutrients and natural flavors – Perfect for lunch and dinner! Not to mention that it’s also low-carb, gluten-free, and paleo-friendly. The best part is, you can prepare this recipe ahead of time so all you have to do later on is grill the marinated chicken, dress the salad, assemble, and serve!
Course Main Course, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Italian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Marinating and Rest Time 35 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 247kcal

Equipment

  • Grill

Ingredients

For Chicken:

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes
  • 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breast

For Salad Dressing:

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup orange juice freshly squeezed
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt or fine sea salt

For Salad:

  • 3-4 cups chopped romaine lettuce about 1 large head
  • 1 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup roasted red peppers chopped
  • 1/2 cup red onion sliced thin

Instructions

  • Combine all the chicken ingredients in a medium-sized bowl and marinate in the refrigerator for at least half an hour or up to 6 hours.
  • In a separate bowl, combine and whisk all the salad dressing ingredients. Set aside. Consequently, mix all the salad ingredients into another bowl and set aside.
  • Heat a grill pan to medium-high heat and cook chicken for about 4-6 minutes per side or until the internal temperature reaches 165ºF. Rest the chicken for 5 minutes, then slice them into bite-sized pieces.
  • To assemble, drizzle dressing on salad and toss to combine. Then, place the cooked chicken on top of the salad and serve immediately.

Notes

  • You can multiply the salad dressing recipe and make it ahead of time so you don’t have to do it every time you’re gonna make this salad recipe. You can store them in the refrigerator, where it would retain its freshness for 1 to 2 weeks.

Nutrition

Calories: 247kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 960mg | Potassium: 711mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 4122IU | Vitamin C: 26mg | Calcium: 65mg | Iron: 2mg

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Hi! I’m Mike. I’m happily married and have a young daughter. I’ve lived all over the world and have learned a lot from seeing others’ perspectives. I’ve also had many life altering health challenges. Fortunately, my lovely and brilliant wife helped save me by finding a new and better way for us to live. We started The Healthy Treehouse to share what we’ve learned and to learn from others, too.
 

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