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Kale and Chicken Wild Rice Salad with Grapes and Goat Cheese

  • Author: Tiffany
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4

Description

This Kale and Chicken Wild Rice Salad is a delicious summer salad; refreshing and filled with grapes, goat cheese, fresh vegetables, and almonds.


Ingredients

For the Chicken:

  • 1 pound chicken breast or tenders
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • Pinch of black pepper

For the Salad:

  • 1 large bunch kale
  • 2 cups heirloom cherry tomatoes, sliced in half or quartered
  • 2 cups red seedless grapes, halved
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 3 stalks celery, sliced
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • 1/2 cup sliced toasted almonds
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked wild rice blend*
  • 3 ounces crumbled goat cheese

For the Dressing:

  • 3 tablespoons¬†balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon thyme
  • Sea salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

Cook the Chicken:

  1. Combine the sea salt, pepper, garlic powder, paprika, oregano, and thyme, and evenly sprinkle over the chicken breasts. Sear or grill the seasoned chicken breasts until cooked through and then dice the chicken into small cubes or shred.

Make the Dressing:

  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a mason jar and shake vigorously until combined.

Prepare the Salad:

  1. Wash, dry, and de-stem kale. Chop the leaves into small pieces and toss in a bowl with a sprinkle of olive oil, sea salt, and pepper. Massage the kale for a few minutes, until the leaves noticeably turn darker green in color and tenderize.
  2. Toss the kale with the tomatoes, grapes, carrots, celery, parsley, almonds, goat cheese, and cooked wild rice. Add in the chicken and the dressing and toss until evenly combined. Enjoy!

Notes

*Leftover wild rice is an excellent use for this salad. Microwavable wild rice packages are also a great way to save time!


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 406
  • Sodium: 140mg
  • Fat: 20g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 43g
  • Fiber: 6g
  • Protein: 15g
  • Cholesterol: 20mg