This Cajun chicken salad makes a delicious balanced meal that’s packed full of flavour! The perfect prep-ahead lunch for on the go!

Let me just start by saying this chicken salad is pretty much my favourite chicken salad of all times. I could eat it every single day. It was actually originally inspired by my recent honeymoon to Banff. My husband and I were eating lunch at Earl’s one day on our trip and I decided to order the Chicken Salad with Peanut Lime Dressing…and boy was it good! So of course, I set out on a mission to re-create the salad at home. And low and behold, we have this masterpiece.

If you’re looking for the perfect salad to pack for lunch, this makes a great option that you can pack ahead of time. Just divide the ingredients between containers, bring along some dressing in a little container and you’re good to go! I even used mason jars one week for a pack-ahead lunch and put the dressing on the bottom of the jar, and then layered the beans, corn, avocado, feta, chicken and put the greens on top so they wouldn’t get soggy. Then just dump into a bowl and mix. BOOM… lunch is served!

If you’re a peanut butter lover like me, you will absolutely adore this dressing. And if you’re concerned that this is some wimpy salad made out of leaves that will leave you starving, fear not. That’s not my type of salad. This salad is hearty and packed full of fibre as well as protein and healthy fats, so it definitely provides that fullness factor. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Cajun Chicken Salad with Peanut Lime Dressing

Yield: Makes 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 2 tbsp. homemade taco seasoning
  • 4 cups Spring mix
  • 4 cups chopped romaine lettuce
  • 1 cup corn kernels
  • 1 cup black beans
  • 4 tbsp. crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/2 avocado, diced
  • For peanut lime dressing:
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. natural peanut butter
  • 2 tsp. reduced sodium soya sauce
  • Juice of one lime
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • 1-2 garlic cloves, minced

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Place chicken on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle taco seasoning equally on top of each of the chicken breasts, spreading it around so that the tops are fully covered. Bake chicken for 25-30 minutes or until cooked through.
  2. Meanwhile, divide the Spring mix, romaine lettuce, corn, black beans, feta cheese and avocado equally between four large bowls.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together all ingredients for the peanut lime dressing.
  4. Slice the cooked chicken breasts and distribute equally between the four bowls. Drizzle desired amount of dressing on each serving and toss to combine.

Notes

Nutrients per serving:

Servings: 4• Calories: 411 • Fat: 24 g • Carbohydrates: 32 g • Fibre: 8g • Protein: 23g • Sugar: 9g • Sodium: 260 mg • Cholesterol: 39 mg

Recipe adapted from Budget Bytes

 

Elysia, XOXO