5 Fantastic Chicken Salad Ideas You Probably Never Heard of

5 Fantastic Chicken Salad Ideas You Probably Never Heard of

Well, the season of crunchy, delicious salads has finally arrived. Chicken salads are the perfect combination of yummy and healthy. They are easy to prepare, tasty and low on calories, so who would say no, really? 1. “Skinny” Caesar Salad Olive oil One pound of boneless and skinless chicken breast 1/8 teaspoon of pure kosher salt 1/8 teaspoon of fresh black pepper Half cup of soft tofu 1 to 3 tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice Half tablespoon of Dijon mustard 1 to 2 teaspoons of Worcestershire sauce Half teaspoon of anchovy paste Half teaspoon of minced garlic 1 to 2 tablespoons of water Parmesan cheese (by choice) 8 to 10 cups of fresh romaine lettuce 1 cup of croutons (preferably fat-free) Method: Heat your oven to at least medium-high temperature. Then, put some olive oil on the chicken breasts and gently season them with a bit of salt and fresh black pepper. Start grilling the chicken, and wait for at least 5 minutes for each side of the chicken breasts. Put the chicken breasts on to the cutting board and cut them into tiny pieces. After you are done with preparing the meat, mix the rest of the ingredients, preferably in a blender. That way, you will get a creamy, homemade sauce, way more delicious than the sauces you can get in the market in your neighborhood. If you want to make the sauce less creamy, add 1 or 2 tablespoons of water. Take the lettuce, the homemade dressing and the croutons, and toss them in a huge salad bowl. Arrange the chicken breasts over the mixture  and sprinkle...
Spinach, Chicken and Pomegranate Salad Recipe

Spinach, Chicken and Pomegranate Salad Recipe

Not feeling too inspired by good ol’ Cesar salad, but still want to boost your raw greens with some protein? This spinach and chicken salad, jazzed up with pomegranate seeds can be anything: a great entre, side dish, or a light, but satisfying meal. Rich in potassium, vitamin C, B group vitamins and magnesium, pomegranate is one of nature’s super fruits. You can have it fresh when in season, from November to March, but you can easily find freeze-dried pomegranate arils and enjoy it all year round. Their vibrant colour will make your plate festive and fun and freshen up your day. Here’s how to prepare this week’s yummy treat. Ingredients: For the salad: 4 chicken breasts 200g baby spinach ½ red onion, thinly sliced Handful of pomegranate seeds 1 avocado, chopped For the dressing: 2 tbsp olive oil (extra virgin if possible) 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar 1 tsp honey Salt and pepper to taste For the marinade: 2 tbsp juice of a lemon, freshly squeezed 1 tsp garlic, minced 1 tsp oregano, chopped Salt and pepper to taste Method: In a bowl, mix the ingredients for the marinade and coat the chicken breasts on both sides. Put the meat in a shallow dish with whatever is left of the marinade and leave it in the fridge for at least two hours. (If possible, let the meat marinate longer. This will give it a more intense flavor.) Place chicken on a grill pan on medium-high heat and grill each side for around 5 minutes, or until cooked through. In a large bowl, combine the spinach, red onion, avocado and pomegranate...
7 Crave-Worthy Winter Salad Recipes to Brighten Up Your Winter Days

7 Crave-Worthy Winter Salad Recipes to Brighten Up Your Winter Days

Winter is here, and if you haven’t got any battles scheduled this season or a throne to conquer, you might as well enjoy it with a delicious winter salad. Nutrient-dense winter produce allows you to make different healthy winter salads. These versatile winter salad recipes are just what you need to boost your energy levels and beat the winter blues. 1. Pumpkin and Cereal Salad Ingredients: (for 4 servings) 1 butternut pumpkin 1 cup raw millet (quinoa or buckwheat) 2 avocados, diced 1 small broccoli, broken into small florets 2 handfuls green leaves (beetroot leaves, arugula, or baby spinach) 1 pomegranate 2 handfuls purple grapes, cut in half 2 handfuls raw hazelnuts For your dressing:/ Dressing idea: 1/2 lemon, juice 3-4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1 handful basil, finely chopped 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped 1 handful parsley, finely chopped salt and pepper Whisk all ingredients together in a small bowl. Method: Cut the butternut pumpkin into bite-size dices, put it in oven tray and sprinkle with olive oil and sea salt. Bake on 200°C until soft and brown on the edges (about 30 minutes). Remove from oven and let it cool. Sprinkle the hazelnuts with salt and toast for 10 minutes. Once cooled, remove the skin and chop them coarsely. Rinse the millet with hot water and place in a pot with 2 cups water. First let it boil, then on lower heat let it simmer for 15 minutes. Place the millet in a large bowl, add dressing and mix well to make sure all millet is coated with dressing. Add the other ingredients to the mixture and...
Roasted Eggplant Salad with Pomegranate Molasses

Roasted Eggplant Salad with Pomegranate Molasses

In my humble opinion, eggplant and pomegranate go together like cumin and cauliflower, fish and chips, lemongrass and ginger… so good. So obviously, the flavors in this recipe are perfection in a bowl. Ingredients: (for 6 people) 4 eggplants 5-6 big banana peppers or 3 red capsicum 2 tomatoes, finely chopped 4 cloves of garlic, minced 1 small red onion, finely chopped 6-7 tbs of pomegranate molasses or red wine vinegar 3-4 tbs olive oil salt and pepper ½ bunch parsley, finely chopped Method: Roast eggplants and peppers on a grill, or in oven at 200°C. Roast tomatoes along with eggplants and peppers for 4-5 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool then peel and seed eggplants, peppers and tomatoes. Chop finely. In a bowl mix crushed garlic, chopped eggplants, peppers, tomatoes, onion and parsley. In a small bowl, combine molasses, olive oil, and salt. Mix and add to vegetables. Mix through and taste. If you think you can handle a little more garlic and molasses or vinegar, do not hesitate to add more. This salad goes well with red meat or poultry, especially if they’re grilled. Enjoy! Photo via  ...
Coconut Chicken Salad

Coconut Chicken Salad

We’ve been so busy with various events and weddings, but we still had some time to play around in the kitchen! Here’s a super delicious, flavorful chicken salad recipe that I think you’ll love Ingredients: 2 chicken breasts 1 can condensed light coconut milk aromats (sliced ginger, red onion, lemongrass, lime leaf, garlic etc.) ¼ Wombok cabbage, ¼ bunch of mint, torn ¼ bunch coriander, torn ½ red onion, finely sliced 1 cup bean sprouts ½ red chilli, julienned ¼ cucumber, finely sliced (seeds removed) ¼ cup chopped peanuts, to garnish Dressing: 1 lime, juice 2 tsp fish sauce 10g palm sugar 2 tsp soy sauce Method: Place coconut milk and aromats into a saucepan. Bring to the boil then add chicken breast, make sure you have enough liquid to cover the chicken, allow liquid to return to a slow simmer. Simmer for about 8-10 minutes, or till chicken is cooked through. Remove chicken from liquid and set aside to cool. Once cooled enough to handle, use your fingers to finely shred the chicken breast and place into a bowl with the other salad ingredients. Toss to combine. To make the dressing, combine ingredients in an airtight container and shake. Check seasoning and adjust if necessary. Drizzle over salad just before serving. Garnish salad with some chopped peanuts for a bit of extra crunch! Enjoy! And don’t forget, if you make it, tag us at #welovefoodbyhospest – we’d love to see your creations!...
Christmas Food Inspiration

Christmas Food Inspiration

So much has happened in the past year, and in light of recent events, we’d just like to extend our thoughts and prayers to the people of Lebanon, France and everyone else affected by these barbaric atrocities. It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost a year since terror was on our own doorstep. But while the world can sometimes be an awful place, it’s important to find the good in it too. As you know, we love any occasion to celebrate and make food (obviously). Here are some of the Christmas dishes we’re currently drooling over…   What do you have on Christmas Day with your family? Are you a turkey or ham lover? Or is seafood more your thing? We’d love to know! But the more serious question is… pavlova or trifle? *all images via...