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Hi friends! Today I’m going to share with you my favorite salad ever. Before COVID & working from home started, this was a salad I often brought to work. It’s so simple and it’s super delicious. And one of the best things about it is that it is EXTREMELY modifiable. I love a salty-sweet combo and this salad hits the spot there. My personal “classic combo” is what I’m going to write the recipe for—chicken breast, halved grapes, crumbled blue cheese and walnuts over mixed greens with a simple balsamic/olive oil dressing. Chicken breast gives you protein, grapes give you the sweet, and blue cheese & walnuts give you the salty. Plus the greens for health and the sweet & vinegary balsamic dressing. I think it is the most perfectly balanced salad. But there are SO many ways you can change it up based on seasonality, tastes, and what you’ve got in your fridge.
I guess this is less of a recipe and more of a guide. So for me, the staples are chicken breast & mixed greens. But besides that, this salad can be totally mixed & matched. You’ll just want a nut, a fruit, a cheese, and a vinegar. I’ll give you some examples.
- Pine Nuts
- Sliced almonds
- Blue cheese
- Goat cheese
- Cheddar cheese
- Parmesan cheese
- Fresh mozzarella balls
- Balsamic Vinegar
- Red/White Wine Vinegar
- Champagne Vinegar
- Rice Vinegar
Another reason I like this salad is because I feel that it hits a lot of healthy categories. First of all, it’s a salad obvi so a nice base of greens makes me feel good. I use mixed greens or power greens. We want those dark, leafy greens! Chicken breast is a nice lean meat that gives the salad protein. Walnuts give us those good healthy fats along with the olive oil in the dressing. Grapes are full of antioxidants, and blue cheese… well, cheese isn’t that healthy but we’re only putting a sprinkling on. And balsamic vinegar is shown to reduce blood sugar!
When I would pack this salad to go, I’d put everything together in a tupperware besides the dressing and when it was time to eat, I’d put the dressing on and shake it all up. I don’t think it would keep well dressed so I recommend waiting until serving to add the dressing. I hope you make it! Let me know what you think in the comments 🙂Print
This salad hits all of the healthy spots—chicken for protein, walnuts for good fats, grapes for antioxidants, and blue cheese for yum! This recipe makes a single serving.
- ½ cup cooked chicken breast, sliced or pulled
- 5–7 purple grapes, halved
- 2–3 tablespoons crumbled blue cheese
- 2–3 tablespoons chopped walnuts
- 2 big handfuls mixed greens (lettuce, spinach, power green mix, baby kale—whatever!)
Balsamic Olive Oil Dressing
- 1 ½ tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 1 ½ tablespoons olive oil
Add all ingredients together & mix!
- You can take these measurements with a grain of salt. Just use your eyes and your taste buds to see how much of each ingredient you want.
- See post above recipe for variations.
Keywords: salad, greens, chicken, blue cheese, grapes, walnuts, balsamic dressing