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We try not to post too many salads, simply because people see salad as a negative food - something they associate with a restrictive diet and we don't feel that's what the ketogenic diet is really about. However, this recipe caught our eye, with it's creamy avocado, tart fruit, tangy spinach and juicy chicken, this is one of those salads that will change how you view salads!

Having fruit in salad is one of our favourite things and adding these sweet and tart strawberries to the spinach will really make your salad pop. This will quickly become a favourite in your home, it's great for those warm nights eating on the patio, as a quick side dish, or packed away in an airtight container for an on-the-go lunch.

 

INGREDIENTS

  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon golden balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon roughly chopped fresh tarragon
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 6 cups loosely packed fresh spinach
  • 6-8 large strawberries, hulled and quartered
  • 1 avocado, peeled, seeded and cut into chunks
  • 3-4 thinly sliced rings of red onion
  • ¼ cup feta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons sliced almonds

 

DIRECTIONS

  1. Whisk the extra virgin olive oil with the balsamic vinegar, sugar, tarragon, kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper in a small bowl until blended.
  2. Place the chicken breasts in a shallow bowl and cover with half of the dressing, cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes to 2 hours.
  3. Spray a grill pan or 12-inch non-stick pan with cooking spray and heat to medium high.
  4. Place the chicken breasts on the hot grill pan. Cook for 3 minutes then flip the chicken breasts. Cook for another 3 minutes, and turn. Reduce the cooking temperature to medium low and cook the chicken for 20-25 minutes more, turning every 5 minutes or so. Cooking time will depend on the thickness of the chicken, but it will be done when it hits 165 degrees internal temperature. Let the chicken rest for 5 minutes then slice into ¼ inch slices.
  5. Arrange the spinach, strawberries and red onion in a bowl. Lightly toss with the remaining dressing. Add the avocado, sliced chicken and top with feta and almond slices. Serve immediately.

 

Thanks FoodieCrush!

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