Of course there are unlimited ways to dressing up a salad. Sometimes I’m over the typical Caesar or House and fresh greens salad. I thought it was time to spruce things up a bit. That was when I came up with the Chimichurri Chicken Salad.
Originally I had this recent obsession with Cilantro, and then I heard about the Chimichurri sauce. I went about it my own way.
So, I tossed all the Cilantro I had into my processor, added a bunch of olive oil, a garlic clove, half an onion, some paprika, salt and pepper to the mixture. It created this awesome salad dressing consistency. Immediately I thought how great this would be on a salad, but none the less a chicken salad.
Making the chimichurri sauce is quite easy, so I will list the ingredients for specifically that, and the ingredients as a whole for the salad itself.
I also used leftover chicken for this meal, which works great for quick and easy lunch or dinner options in less than 10 minutes!
Chimichurri Chicken Salad
Servings: 1 Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 0mins (already cooked chicken) Difficulty: Easy
For the Chimichurri Sauce:
1 garlic clove
Fresh (stemmed) Cilantro (1 small bushel/package)
1/2 medium white onion
salt & pepper to taste
1 squeezed lemon or 1/8 cup lemon juice
2 cups Olive Oil
Paprika to taste
2-3 tablespoons of sugar (this tones the bite down!)
For the salad:
Sweet butter greens/Kale/Iceburg lettuce (whichever you prefer!)
Diced leftover/fresh chicken
Chimichurri sauce (3-4 tablespoons)
Mango Salsa (1 spoonful)
Prepare the Chimichurri sauce in your food processor. Dice your leftover/freshly prepared chicken. I used about 1 cup of chicken for my salad and 2 cups of greens.
In a bowl, add the diced chicken to your greens, then top the salad with your chimichurri sauce. Depending on how you like your salads, use the amount of chimichurri you desire. But I forewarn you that too much will make your salad soggy.
Add a little garnish such as a fresh tomato salsa. I used my market’s fresh mango salsa on top. It was delicious! Even a little Feta cheese would be a great topping.
And there you have it – a delicious, easy Chimichurri Chicken Salad!
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