Easy Mediterranean Salad with Chicken, Spinach, Feta and Mint recipe
I eat healthy. I mean really healthy. No processed foods. No red meat. No grains. No unhealthy fats and sugars. I eat organic locally grown and raised poultry, eggs, cheese, and produce, and wild-caught fish as often as possible.
People who eat similarly to me have recognized the enormous health benefits of eating real food. These people are often followers of one or more of the following food movements: Paleo/Primal, Weston A. Price, GAPS (gut and psychology syndrome), SCD (specific carbohydrate diet), Bariatric Diet, slow food, real food, etc. As for health benefits, for the last 10-yrs and counting I’ve maintained a 100-lb weight-loss and eliminated 9 of the 10 prescription medications I was formerly taking for diabetes, hypertension, asthma, GERD, and depression. Once a process food junkie, today I’m a size medium and living life larger than ever!
Real Food, Real Simple
Since the sources of protein in my diet are somewhat limited, I enjoy developing recipes that make the most of enhancing the natural flavors of poultry, eggs, cheese, and fish. Just this morning I developed a recipe for Mediterranean Salad with Chicken, Spinach, Feta and Mint. It was inspired by the traditional Greek salad recipe. For less "bite" I eliminated some of the savory ingredients like red onions and kalamata olives. By using Mint Chutney and lime in the dressing, the salad has an unexpected and refreshing burst of flavor in every forkful! Please give it a try and let me know what you think!
Real food, real simple is my motto. With just four main ingredients, you can throw this recipe together in less than 10-minutes for a fresh and healthy lunch. Now that’s fast food I can abide by!
Easy Mediterranean Salad with Chicken, Spinach, Feta and Mint recipakes two small servingalad Ingredients:
2 cups raw baby spinach
6oz English cucumber slices, leave skin on
4oz cooked, chopped boneless, skinless chicken breast - Cook’s tip: I marinate and grill several boneless chicken breasts and keep on hand in the refrigerator for lunchtime salads.
2oz fat-free Feta cheese crumbles
1oz lime juice
2 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon mint chutney
You will plate the ingredients in the order listed, layering each ingredient atop the previous. So"
- Lay a bed of spinach
- Top with the cucumber slices; fanning these in a circle looks pretty
- Next add the chicken cubes
- Finish with the feta crumbles on top
For the dressing, mix the lime juice, olive oil, and chutney in a small cup. Drizzle over the salad. This is not a salad that is soaked in dressing. The mint is very powerful so a little goes a long way. Immediately before serving, toss the ingredients to coat. Cook’s tip: Using a smaller plate for your salad can help you to lose weight.
I use Fitday.com to track the nutrition information for this recipe.
Per serving: 192 calories, 23.4g protein, 8.2g carbs, 7.2g fat
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Cheryl Ann Borne, writing as My Bariatric Life, is a contributing writer and Paleo recipe developer for HealthCentral’s Obesity Community. Cheryl is an award-winning healthcare communications professional and obesity health advocate who has overcome super obesity and it’s related diseases. She publishes the website MyBariatricLife.org and microblogs on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. Cheryl also is writing her first book and working on a second website. Watch her transformational video on Vimeo.