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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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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roasted pepper relish

I had always been a bit apprehensive of roasting my own peppers so I continued to pay a ton for them at the store.

Then I had three peppers that needed to be used and I decided to just try roasting my own. Its easy to do right in the broiler! Heat the broiler on high, place peppers on a pan and essentially let them burn, turning to burn all sides. (Everyone can burn food, right?) Once you let the peppers cool you can easily the remove peel and seeds.

That’s it!

This relish can be used for just about anything. Try it with grilled steak or fish. Put it on pizza. Eat it with slices of bread and some melted cheese. Try it with eggs or just plain on its own.

Whatever you do with it, it’s sure to make any food look good and add delicious roasted pepper flavor to every bite.

 

Roasted Pepper Relish

by Emily Dingmann

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Keywords: appetizer entree gluten-free low-carb vegan vegetarian

 

Ingredients (2-3 cups relish)

  • 3 peppers (I used yellow, orange and red)
  • 2 Tbsp chopped kalamata olives
  • 2 Tbsp chiffonade fresh parsley
  • olive oil
  • salt & pepper

Instructions

Preheat broiler to high.

Place peppers on a baking sheet on top rack, closest to the broiler.

Cook for about 15 minutes, rotating the peppers every few minutes when the skin gets dark.

Let peppers cool.

Remove seeds and skin. The skin should peel off pretty easily.

Thinly slice the peppers and blot with a paper towel.

Toss with olives and parsley, drizzle with olive oil and season with salt & pepper to taste.

Will keep in the refrigerator for 5 days.

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daily eats: 2.4.13

Hi! Long time, no daily eats posts. (3 months actually!)

I hope you all had a great Super Bowl (if you celebrate). I tried to catch most of the commercials and ate artichokes, chips with salsa and queso and chicken fingers. (I have no idea…but they sounded SO good!) I sipped on some wine with the snacks and then made some paleo chocolate chip cookies that my friend Erin pinned – she seriously pins the best paleo recipes.

am workout: 30 minute express physique 57. I’ve been doing the physique 57 dvds for a few months now and am a big fan. Do I look like Kelly Ripa? Not yet but I’ll keep you posted. ;)

breakfast: coffee with half & half + 2% and a banana pancake that I baked into a huge banana loaf (way easier than making separate pancakes!) – I make them with bananas, almond meal, flax meal, eggs, egg whites, vanilla and cinnamon and top with some almond butter and a small drizzle of maple syrup. Trust me when I say it is hideous (especially in fluorescent lighting). Most of us thought it tasted good… 

lunch: chopped salad with romaine, kale, cucumber and pepper + 5-6 oz chicken + 1 slice turkey bacon + 1. 5 hard boiled eggs + annie’s light honey mustard dressing.

and a cookie for dessert!

pre-run fuel/snack: few bites of applesauce for some sugar

pm workout: run! I think I might sign up for a 1/2 marathon. I really have no idea what brought this on, it kind of came out of nowhere. (maybe because I’m turning 30, maybe because I just joined a gym, maybe as an excuse to buy some workout clothes, maybe because one of the 1/2 marathon possibilities is in Santa Barbara which means I could turn it into a running and WINE weekend?!) Whatever the reason, I am literally starting at the beginning. I really haven’t done much cardio in the last few months so when I say I’m starting at the beginning I mean, I’m running: 1 mile, 1 mile, 1.5 miles, 2 miles this week. I’ll run more than just 1 mile per workout, but I need to run a mile straight, then take a walking break, then start running again. {Today’s workout ended up being about 4.5 miles total: run 1, walk .5, run 1, walk .5 and 1.5 miles round trip walk to and from gym}

snack: my new favorite – Finn Crisp cracker + deli turkey + mustard – 2 of them are about 100 calories and have more than 10 grams of protein!

dinner: “the word’s best chicken” (recipe from pinterest) + asparagus. The chicken is really good but world’s best might be a stretch, although I have made it a few times now…

dessert: paleo cookies (3)  – the cookies get really soft the next day, I think next time I’ll try adding some more almond meal and freeze them into little dough balls.

I’ll have prettier pictures on my next post, promise! :)