Protein Packed Salads with Rotisserie Chicken

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When I first started dating my husband, I’m pretty sure he survived off of supermarket rotisserie chickens and frozen veggies. Though he can still demolish one in a few minutes, we now make our own whole chickens in the oven so that we can control the seasoning (primarily to cut out all that excess sodium). With the beer-can chicken roasting pan that my stepmom gave us for Christmas last year and a meat thermometer, it’s super easy to do.

I love the Men’s Health website. It has tons of great articles as well as food and exercise ideas. I came across these ideas for protein packed salads and thought I would share. Whether you make your own chicken or are best friends with those grocery store ready-to-eat chickens, you’re sure to be a fan of one of these quick and easy meals.

Chop-Chop Salad

Toss a few handfuls of chopped romaine with these add-ins (all chopped): some rotisserie chicken, tomato, avocado, roasted red pepper, and scallions. Add a spoonful or two of black beans and/or corn. Dress with olive oil, lime juice, salt, and pepper.

Protein Bomb Salad

To pump up the protein even more, make the salad above, except throw in a few grilled shrimp, a fistful of leftover cooked quinoa, and a scattering of thawed peas. Then mix a spoonful of Greek yogurt into the dressing.

Asian Salad

Swap out the tomato, pepper, beans, and corn in the Chop-Chop Salad with the following: shredded carrot, shelled edamame, sliced snap peas, diced cucumber, and crushed cashews. Add a little sesame oil to the dressing too.

Greek Salad 

Keep the chicken, tomato, and red pepper in the Chop-Chop Salad, but add feta, kalamata olives, and thinly sliced red onion.

 

And… one of my own that I threw together with my Christmas Dinner Leftovers:

Strawberry Fields Salad

Top mixed field greens with shredded chicken, sliced strawberries, walnuts and/or pecans, feta cheese and a raspberry or strawberry vinaigrette dressing. If you prefer to make the dressing, blend two parts lime juice, one part olive oil and one part cider vinegar with a handful of strawberries. If it is too tart, you can add a bit of stevia or honey. Poppy seeds added to the dressing make it fancier and provide calcium, iron, zinc and even a bit of niacin and folate.

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