Kale, Apple, and Almond Chicken Salad

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Photo: Jennifer Causey

A simple lemon vinaigrette doubles as a marinade. Make sure to pat the chicken dry before searing, or the excess liquid will keep the meat from browning. This salad is packs a serious crunch and is loaded with superfoods and antioxidants to keep you satisfied and energized.

Serves 4 (serving size: about 3 oz. chicken and 2 cups salad)


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1/4 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
12 ounces skinless, boneless chicken thighs
Cooking spray
6 cups baby kale
2 medium carrots, peeled and thinly sliced diagonally
2 celery stalks, thinly sliced
1 apple, halved and cut into 1/4-in.-thick slices
1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted


Active: 35 Minutes
Total: 35 Minutes

1. Combine oil, rind, juice, thyme, mustard, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a bowl, stirring with a whisk. Place 2 tablespoons juice mixture in a large ziplock plastic bag; reserve remaining juice mixture. Add chicken to bag; seal bag. Let stand at room temperature 10 minutes, turning bag occasionally.

2. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Remove chicken from marinade; discard marinade. Pat chicken dry. Sprinkle chicken with remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Add chicken to pan; cook 5 minutes on each side or until done. Place chicken on a cutting board; let stand 5 minutes. Cut across the grain into thin slices.

3. Combine kale, carrots, celery, and apple in large bowl. Add remaining juice mixture; toss to coat. Divide kale mixture evenly among 4 plates; top evenly with chicken. Sprinkle with almonds and remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper.

Created date

July 2016

Nutritional Information

Calories 318
Fat 20.6 g
Satfat 3 g
Monofat 12.9 g
Polyfat 3 g
Protein 20 g
Carbohydrate 14 g
Fiber 4 g
Cholesterol 81 mg
Iron 2 mg
Sodium 447 mg
Calcium 159 mg
Sugars 6 g
Est. Added Sugars 0 g