Market Salad with Lemon Chicken Recipe

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Market Salad with Lemon Rosemary Chicken is the perfect take-to-work lunch.

Make this Market Salad with Lemon Chicken recipe for a super-tasty lunch. Features juicy chicken, healthy greens, and crunchy toppings. | StupidEasyPaleo.com

It’s absolutely jam-packed with flavor…

…plus it’s got the perfect combination of hunger-satisfying protein, nutrient-packed veggies, and tastes-damn-good healthy fats.

I know, I know. Chicken breast, especially when it’s prepped ahead of time, can turn into a dry hunk of meat that resembles the texture of an Amazon delivery box.

But. I have a method that keeps it juicy, tender, and flavorful. Promise.

Make this Market Salad with Lemon Chicken recipe for a super-tasty lunch. Features juicy chicken, healthy greens, and crunchy toppings. | StupidEasyPaleo.com

How to Dress Up This Market Salad

For this market salad, I gave my Easy Pan-Fried Lemon Chicken a little boost by adding fresh rosemary. The marinated chicken is pounded thin and quick-fried in a hot skillet. That locks in the juices! You’ve gotta let it rest at least five minutes before slicing it up though…that keeps the juices from running out like a river all over your cutting board.

I paired this market salad with my Zesty Herb Dressing, but you could switch it up with whatever you like.

For toppings, I chose avocado and sliced almonds for healthy fats – since chicken breast is so lean – and added some fresh pomegranate and dried cherries for a punch of color and sweetness.

But you’re the captain of this ship! If you hate almonds and cherries, switch it up. Maybe walnuts and blueberries float your boat. Go with what you like.

Make this Market Salad with Lemon Chicken recipe for a super-tasty lunch. Features juicy chicken, healthy greens, and crunchy toppings. | StupidEasyPaleo.com

Substitutions You Can Make In This Market Salad Recipe

If you use heartier greens like kale, you could meal prep this salad for your work or school week ahead. Toss the greens in the bottom and put the chicken on top. Done-zo. I used the Cruciferous Crunch greens mixture from Trader Joe’s. It’s a combo of kale, red and green cabbage, shaved Brussels sprouts, and broccoli slaw.

I can promise you one thing: This Market Salad is way healthier than what you’ll get in your local lunch spot, and it’s so much kinder to your wallet.

Of course, if you want to steal the Lemon Rosemary Chicken and pair that with other veggies, go for it!

Make this Market Salad with Lemon Chicken recipe for a super-tasty lunch. Features juicy chicken, healthy greens, and crunchy toppings. | StupidEasyPaleo.com

Market Salad with Lemon Rosemary Chicken

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Paleo, Whole30
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 424 kcal
Author: Steph Gaudreau

Make this Market Salad with Lemon Chicken recipe for a super-tasty lunch. Features juicy chicken, healthy greens, and crunchy toppings.

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Ingredients

  • 1.5 lb chicken breast
  • 2 lemons zest & juice
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 12 oz chopped mixed greens kale, cabbage, spinach, etc
  • Zesty Herb Dressing see recipe below
  • 1 avocado peeled and sliced
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate arils
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds or whatever nuts you like
  • 1/4 cup dried cherries omit for Whole30 or find fruit-sweetened…read labels

Instructions

  1. In a large plastic ziptop bag, combine the chicken breast, lemon zest, rosemary, lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper. Press the air out of the bag and seal.
  2. Use a meat pounder or rolling pin to flatten the chicken breast into one even thickness.
  3. Let the chicken marinate for at 30 minutes for best results but you can cook it right away if needed.
  4. Heat a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat and add about 1 tablespoon oil.
  5. Cook the chicken for 4-5 minutes per side or until completely cooked through. You might need to do this in two batches if the chicken won’t fit in your skillet.
  6. Let the meat rest for at least 5 minutes before slicing.
  7. While the meat is resting, put the greens in a large bowl. If you’re going to eat the whole salad at once, you can add the salad dressing and toss to coat the greens. Start with a little dressing and go up from there depending on how much you like.
  8. Once the chicken has rested, slice it and arrange it on top of the salad. Add the avocado slices. Sprinkle on the pomegranate arils, sliced almonds, and dried cherries.

Recipe Notes

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Nutrition Facts
Market Salad with Lemon Rosemary Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 424 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 21g 32%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 108mg 36%
Sodium 516mg 22%
Potassium 1131mg 32%
Total Carbohydrates 19g 6%
Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
Sugars 7g
Protein 40g 80%
Vitamin A 28.2%
Vitamin C 36.6%
Calcium 7.1%
Iron 13.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

Market Salad with Lemon Rosemary Chicken Recipe | StupidEasyPaleo.com

Zesty Herb Dressing Recipe

Course: Sauce
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Paleo, Whole30
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 95 kcal
Author: Steph Gaudreau

Zesty Herb Dressing is the perfect light dressing option for all your favorite salads. Pairs really well with my Market Salad recipe.

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Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup homemade mayo or healthy store-bought
  • 1 bunch flat-leaf parsley or mix half parsley, half cilantro
  • 6 pickled jalapeno slices more if you like spicy, less if you don't
  • 1/2 lemon juice
  • Sea salt & black pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Combine all the ingredients – mayo, parsley, jalapeño slices, lemon juice – in a food processor. Blend until smooth, about 30 seconds. If it's too thick, add a very small amount of water, lemon juice, or coconut milk until it's as thin as you like. Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper.
  2. If you don't have a food processor, chop up the parsley and jalapeño into very tiny pieces and combine everything in a medium bowl.
  3. Store covered for 2-3 days in the refrigerator.

Recipe Notes

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Nutrition Facts
Zesty Herb Dressing Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 95 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 15%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 5mg 2%
Sodium 114mg 5%
Vitamin A 0.9%
Vitamin C 0.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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