August 17, 2014
Sometimes you just get tired of plain salads, right? I know I do. So recently, I was looking for a way to spice them up from the usual while still keeping them healthy. I’ve been doing more cardio lately with P90X, and it was pretty obvious I needed some more carbs in my diet, so I decided to make a healthy try adding a mix some rice to my salad – a sort of salad, rice bowl mash up. And you know what? It turned out to be pretty darn tasty!
The rice medley adds all kinds of flavor from the variety of healthy, whole grains to the salad and bulks it up, while mixed greens, berries and other fruits give it crisp, sweet flavors. Add some chopped chicken and feta cheese for protein, some healthy fats from the olive oil-based dressing (and optional chopped nuts), and you’ve got yourself a superfoods meal. Easy peasy. I hope you enjoy this unique combo as much as I did.
Chicken Salad-Rice Bowls
Serves: 5 – 6
- 2 pouches of frozen, microwaveable brown rice or mixed rice (I used Trader Joe’s Rice Medley)
- Optional: 1/2 c. chopped pecans or walnuts
- 1 (5 oz.) package of mixed salad greens
- 12 – 16 oz. chopped deli rotisserie chicken (or grilled chicken breast)
- 2 c. seedless red grapes
- 1 pint of blueberries
- 1/2 c. crumbled feta cheese
- 1/4 c. balsamic vinegar
- 2 tbsp. packed brown sugar
- 2 tbsp. low sodium soy sauce
- 2 tbsp. lemon juice
- 1/4 tsp. salt, 1/4 tsp. pepper
- 3 tbsp. olive oil
- Chop up rotisserie chicken or grilled chicken breast into bite-size pieces.
- Microwave rice according to package directions. For me, this meant microwaving the two pouches on a plate for 3 minutes.
- If adding nuts, cook them in a skillet over medium-low heat until toasted and fragrant, stirring constantly.
- Combine rice, nuts, salad greens, chicken, grapes, blueberries and cheese in a large salad bowl.
- Whisk together balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, soy sauce, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Gradually whisk in olive oil.
- Drizzle the dressing over the salad and toss to coat.
- Divide evenly on to plates and you’ve got yourself a balanced meal.