When it comes to planning healthy meals for me & my family, I have 2 requirements:
- It must taste so good I don’t feel like I’m “dieting”
- It must be FAST to make
This Chicken Salad recipe nails both of those requirements. It is hands-down the most loved recipe by readers on this site (that and the Poblano Chicken Chili) & it is ready in no time. In fact, what I love the most about this recipe is that I can prep a batch of it and enjoy it during the week. The dressing is creamy and loaded with flavor. The ingredients have a refreshing crunchiness to them. And don’t even get me started on the perfect balance of savory & sweet!
But before we get to the Chicken Salad recipe, I want to take a moment to give you Moms some tips on meal planning for your family. I know planning and prepping meals can often feel like a headache, so I want to help you with avoiding that stress!!!
My Meal Planning System
Here’s a quick video I made to walk you through the simple system that I use:
Here are some tips to make healthy eating and meal prepping easier for you:
- Make a template of what TYPES of foods you will eat at different times of the day. That keeps you from constantly obsessing over checking every calorie and macro
- Do a nutrition plan like the Portion Fix containers that already factor in your calories & macros.
- Plan out your meals for the week–but also accept that you might deviate a little (you rebel!). You are welcome to use the Meal Plan Template that I created, just click on the image and it will take you there:
- Try a couple of new recipes a week (like this chicken salad recipe! I also have compiled my favorite Portion-Fix friendly foods.
- Have your kids take “No Thank You” bites of food they don’t like. Every.single.time. Their palate might slowly change.
- Always offer a salad at dinner
- Offer a super-delicious food you know they love when you are serving something new that’s healthy (trust me, they smell your fear–overpower that fear with some awesome garlic bread or something).
- Repeat some staples–repetition isn’t always bad! Repeat your lunches (this chicken salad is great for repeating throughout the week) and have something new at each dinner.
- Eat leftovers for lunch (I even freeze single-servings of leftovers so I don’t feel like I’m eating the same thing all day long. I’ve stocked up quite a variety in the freezer).
- Make a batch of two salads to pick from throughout the week (like this Chicken Salad–I also have a meal plan you can download below with a tasty Thai Chicken Salad too!)
Still don’t wanna meal plan? That’s ok! I’ve also done it for you! You can download my free 5-Day Healthy Meal plan. It even features the Chicken Salad recipe that you see in this post! Simply fill in your email below and I’ll send this to you right now!
- 3 cups chopped rotisserie chicken breast (boneless, skinless)
- 1/2 cup chopped green apple
- 1/2 cup seedless red grapes, cut in half
- 1/3 cup raw almonds
- 2 green onions, sliced
- 1 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
- 1/2 cup honey mustard salad dressing (see below)
- 8 cups shredded romaine lettuce
- 1/2 cup reduced fat (2%) plain greek yogurt
- 3T Dijon mustard, gluten-free
- 3T raw honey
- 3T rice vinegar
- 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- pink salt to taste
- Combine the yogurt, mustard, honey, and vinegar in a medium bowl and whisk until combined
- Then slowly add oil, whisking until well blended.
- Adjust the salt until it's totally awesome for ya!
- Serving: 1 1/2 cups each
- Portion Fix Containers: 1 green, 1/2 purple, 1 red, 1/2 blue, 1/2 orange