summer harvest salad with grilled chicken {trader joe’s copycat}

I don’t buy salads from Trader Joe’s on a regular basis, but every once in a while, when they look particularly good and fresh, I’ll grab a few for a convenient lunch.  A few weeks ago I tried one that I loved.

Today I’m here to recreate the Harvest Salad with Grilled Chicken. This is a perfect salad for summer, as it takes advantage of summer produce and is nice and light- perfect for summer lunches or dinners. Salad greens are topped with green beans, corn, hard boiled egg, white cheddar cheese and some freshly grilled chicken, all dressed with a creamy dijon dressing. YUM!

Now if you’re anything like me, you’ll raise your eyebrow at the white cheddar cheese. On a salad?! I’ll take my cheddar with summer sausage and crackers please…but on this salad, it totally works so don’t be too nervous.

And now I’m obsessed with corn…

 

 

Summer Harvest Salad with Grilled Chicken

by Emily Dingmann

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Keywords: grill entree salad gluten-free high protein chicken summer

 

Ingredients (4 servings)

For the Salad

  • 1 lb chicken breast or thighs
  • 3 heads romaine lettuce, torn into small pieces
  • 12 oz hericots verts, lightly steamed
  • 1 1/2 cups roasted corn
  • 2 oz white cheddar cheese
  • 4 hard boiled eggs, sliced
  • 4 green onions, thinly sliced

For the Dressing

  • 3 Tbsp grainy dijon mustard
  • 2 Tbsp light mayonnaise
  • 3 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • salt, pepper

Instructions

For the Salad

Grill chicken until cooked and roughly chop.

Start building salads by topping romaine with green beans, corn, chicken, hard boiled eggs, cheddar and green onions.

Drizzle with dressing.

For the Dressing

Blend together all ingredients until smooth.

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new product favorites {june 2013}

Halfpops. You know the best part of popcorn, the kernels that aren’t completely popped? These are a whole bag of precisely that. They are made in Seattle and have beautiful packaging, are certified gluten-free and all-natural.

FlapJacked Protein Pancakes. I actually won a giveaway from She Rocks Fitness and so I was sent them to try…big fan! The nutrition stats are great (200 calories, 17 grams protein, 7 grams fiber), the flavor is great and the ingredients are real.

Sea Salt & Turbinado Sugar Dark Chocolate Almonds. These aren’t anything new, but I picked them up a few weeks ago from Trader Joe’s and they make the perfect dessert/treat at night. Almonds covered in chocolate are still healthy, right? ;)

Nuttzo Nut Butters. I was sent some Nuttzo to try out and I love the ingredient list and nut variety that they use and of course the added benefits that flaxseed adds. (The flax is cracked so you can reap the omega-3 benefits!)

Blue Bottle Coffee. I picked some up at the airport in San Francisco and totally understand the hype. It’s delicious. Garden Lites Pizza Souffle. This egg and vegetable “souffle” is found in the freezer section and contains 2 servings of vegetables, 12 grams of protein and 200 calories. It was SO good! It was a bit pricey, but nice to have for a rushed morning.

Quest Protein Bars. I was really skeptical of these…but I’ve seen them raved about all over online and while I was at GNC picking a few up, the guy working assured me they were really good. Oddly enough, they are so much better when microwaved for a bit. Dare I say it was the closest non-cookie dough-tasting cookie dough product out there? They are low-carb, gluten-free, high-protein and boast a pretty simple ingredient list. (Can only be purchased online and at GNC.)

TaDah Falafel Wraps. Wow. Just go find these in the frozen section! I’m still dreaming about this wrap. This wrap had 17 grams of protein and all recognizable ingredients. (This variety is also vegan, others have feta.)

simple bean salads

I’m really into bean salads right now. Once I realized how truly simple – yet satisfying – they could be…let’s just say I’m sorry it took me so long.

I like to keep it really basic: no fancy home-made dressings, no crazy chopping of vegetables, just beans + herbs + olive oil + spices and maybe some cheese if it works. I love the complex bean salads, with more flavor, lots of tiny vegetables and delicious dressings, but simple bean salads deserve their place in the world too! This salad has been a lunch staple lately and in my effort to keep lunch-cooking/prep to a minimum, it’s been perfect.

Other Simple Bean Salad ideas:

  • garbanzos + parsley + feta
  • black beans + cilantro + queso fresco
  • garbanzos + mint + feta
  • white beans + chopped arugula + parmesan
  • lentils + red pepper + goat cheese
  • garbanzos + sun-dried tomatoes + parmesan
  • black beans + avocado + cilantro (a splash of oj would be great in this one!)

Am I missing any bean salad staples? Share your favorites below! 

parmesan crusted chicken


Can I share a total midwest recipe with you?

I know, I live in LA – land of green juice and salads – and I want to share a not-so-healthy recipe that is comprised of mayonnaise and cheese. But we can call it parmesan crusted chicken and pretend it’s fancier than it really is.

As much as I drink the “green juice and salad” kool-aid there are times when I enjoy some good old comfort food.

And an easy dinner. I know everyone loves an easy, no-fuss recipe for busy weeknights. It’s simple: mix together mayo + parmesan cheese, top chicken (or salmon – also amazing on salmon) and bake! Truthfully, it’s not made with the healthiest of ingredients, but its really not that terrible calorie-wise so I’m not concerned.

The original recipe from Hellman’s calls for bread crumbs, but I left them out both times and still loved the results! I think it is the juiciest chicken I’ve ever made. Just another reason to make it… 

 

Parmesan Crusted Chicken

by Emily Dingmann

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Keywords: bake entree gluten-free high protein low-carb chicken

 

Ingredients (2 servings)

  • 2 chicken breasts, cut in half (about 1 pound)
  • 1/4 cup light mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup parmesan
  • 1 teaspoon paprika (try smoked)
  • pepper

Instructions

Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees.

Mix mayonnaise, parmesan and seasonings together.

Spread parmesan mixture over chicken and bake for 25-30 minutes until golden brown and cooked through.

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