There are lots of flavorful and healthy ingredients that you can add to basic grilled chicken salad.
Avocado is full of good-for-you fat that helps you feel fuller longer — and its creamy texture is the perfect complement to the crunchy toasted pecans and crisp red apple in this recipe.
The key to adding salty and super savory bacon to your grilled chicken salad? Moderation. Cook one thinly sliced strip of bacon in a pan until it’s crisp and then drain it on a paper towel to remove any excess fat. When it cools, crumble it over your greens and grilled chicken — you’ll add tons of flavor to your salad for just over 40 calories — and then top the salad with a few shavings of Parmigiano-Reggiano and a vinaigrette-based dressing.
Just like bacon and cheese, tortilla chips can be part of a healthy diet if you don’t overdo it. Combine grilled chicken with greens, tomato, red onion, fresh cilantro, and pickled jalapeños. Dress with salt, olive oil, and lime juice and then sprinkle with a few tortilla chips for a nacho-inspired grilled chicken salad.
This colorful salad is sweet, savory, and salty. Top peppery arugula with herbed, grilled chicken, pomegranate arils, and crumbled feta cheese. Then, dress the salad with a drizzle of balsamic vinaigrette for salad perfection.
One easy way to bolster a grilled chicken salad is to add cooked whole-wheat pasta. Try tossing lettuce, cooked pasta, tomato, and cucumber in a vinaigrette dressing. Then, top the salad with grilled chicken, a few pieces of fresh mozzarella cheese, a sprinkle of salty olives, and a few crunchy croutons.
Panzanella is a Tuscan bread salad with juicy tomatoes and fresh herbs. Try crusty whole-wheat bread in your panzanella and then top it with slices of juicy grilled chicken for a non-traditional grilled chicken salad.
There’s no better way to gussy up greens than to add beautifully charred roasted vegetables. Toss chunks of sweet potato or carrot in olive oil and then roast them on a sheet pan in the oven until they’re softened and slightly crisp at the edges. Then, top greens with grilled chicken, tomatoes, fresh green beans, and the roasted vegetables before drizzling the salad with your favorite vinaigrette.
Break out your favorite spice rub — it’s time to grill some chicken for a healthy and delicious salad. After you cook the chicken, serve it with the greens of your choice and colorful heirloom tomatoes.
Make this easy chicken teriyaki and you’ll have the perfect topper for salad. Try it on a bed of greens, tomato, celery, and radish. Drizzle some ginger dressing over the salad and then sprinkle a few toasted sesame seeds on top for a beautiful finish.