During these winter months, when most of the seasonal food tends to be heartier and everything seems to be cooked, I find myself wanting a good salad. Here is a great, versitile salad that can be eaten alone, atop some baby greens, or put on a slice of Ezekiel bread. Don’t be afraid to experiment with the ingredients. Add more or less of the items listed, leave some out, add some other ingredients in- whatever makes you happy. I love the taste of curry with the fruit- it gives it a sweet and savory flavor that is just sensational.
Be sure to use the best quality chicken (free-range, organic), organic apples (and apple cider vinegar) because conventional apples rank among the highest in pesticide load, and raw nuts because roasting damages the good fats that are so beneficial. Always remember that the quality of your nutrients is crucially important.
Marvelous Mayo-less Chicken Salad
1 organic chicken breast, chopped or shredded
1/2 – whole avocado, cubed
1/2 apple chopped
1-2 tablespoons red onion, grated
1 -2 tablespoons raw nuts, chopped (I like walnuts but you can use almonds or pecans as well)
1 tablespoon organic raisins
1 teaspoon curry powder
1 tablespoon organic apple cider vinegar (I like Bragg’s brand)
Pinch of sea salt and ground black pepper
Put everything in a bowl and toss lightly being careful not to smash your avocados.