You don’t win friends with salad…

Simpson saladSpinach is a constant staple in our shopping cart and fridge. We throw spinach into everything, smoothies, soups, pastas, and of course salad. A few months ago, my vegetarian friend/colleague, said she never met anyone who likes salad’s as much as me. this coming from a plant eater. Until that moment, I never really thought about it, but I do like salad. We can all like salad, and make friends, with the right salad…so take that Bart, Homer and Marg!

Salads are easy to make, throw some greens and veggies into a bowl, add some dressing, TADA, salad – a boring salad, but still a salad. We all know, we don’t get boring around here, we take things to the next level. Today’s lunch salad is delicious, has a bunch of green and colour and exceptionally flavourful, even in winter. Confession time, and also sad: an ingredient was left on the counter at home: the AVOCADO. Insert <sad crying face> here, but the salad was still good, just missed the creaminess.

Fruited Spinach Chicken Salad

1 Chicken breast grilled with salt, pepper and Montreal chicken rub
1 cup leafy greens (Spinach in this case)
1 cup cucumbers, sliced and diced
1/4 of an avocado, diced
1/2 cup pineapple (frozen is fine)
1/2 cup blueberries

1. Slice chicken, cucumbers, and avocado, throw all ingredients into a bowl. Enjoy!

Some of you may be wondering, where’s the dressing???? Honestly, this salad does not need dressing, the juice from the pineapple and blueberries, and the creaminess from the avocado is enough to boost the flavour of this salad. And ok, confession number two, the first time this salad was made, the dressing was left at home…on the counter as well. But hey, this salad really doesn’t need a dressing, and we’re all saving on calories. Win-win. Also realized, this salad is low in carbs, gluten free and dairy free. Triple Win!

This is a great salad to take to work, keep the spinach separate from the pineapple and blueberries, or your spinach will be a sad wilty mess thanks to the acid in the pineapple. Another reason this is a great take to work salad, if your a mom, your kids won’t eat all the juicy fruity goodness out of your bowl. Yeah, that happened a couple times in our house.

Note: Temptation to pay homage to Thug Kitchen was high in writing this post and recipe. But we’ll leave the colourful language to those two superstars.

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