A great summery salad that comes together quickly when you have some cooked chicken on hand. You can make your own tomato salsa or pico de gallo style blend or use a few spoons from a jar of your favourite local salsa to add a little zip and zing to the salad and create an interesting sauce at the same time.
Crunchy corn chips or crackers are a great accompaniment; adding black beans makes this salad a little more substantial.
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Chicken n’ Salsa Salad
SLICE, dice, or shred cooked chicken.
SALAD GREENS wash and spin salad leaves. Thinly slice carrot + radish + shallot and chop herbs.
PLATE salad ingredients divide evenly between plates and top with sliced chicken.
SPOON over salsa and garnish with pumpkin seeds and a sprinkle of sea salt or dulse flakes.
SALSA – chop all the ingredients finely and mix them together in a bowl and season to taste.
Serving Ideas for a Mexican Vibe
add 2 cups black beans – divide evenly between plates
add avocado wedges + fresh lime
with corn chips or crackers on the side
add cheese or corn
*HERBS add fresh basil, cilantro, chives, garlic chives, parsley, dill, chervil – or a combination.
ADD vegetables to the salad, such as cucumber, radish, corn, cherry tomatoes, celery, scallions, peppers, and avocado.
ADD PICKLES or SAUERKRAUT anything you like finely chopped – classics, kimchi, red cabbage, and beet sauerkraut.
SWAP PUMPKIN SEEDS for sunflower seeds or nuts like almonds, walnuts, cashews, pistachios or pecans.