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Greek Chicken Spinach Salad (Paleo, Whole30, Keto)

Herby Greek Chicken Salad with baked chicken, spinach, avocado, red onion,pine nuts, and an amazing Greek salad dressing. This fresh and flavorful dinner salad recipe is a filling, clean meal worthy of putting on repeat!

The good news is, this spinach salad is cool, crisp and refreshing on a hot summer’s day (not to mention super nutritious and filling!).

The bad news is…we must cook chicken. From a scientific standpoint, this does require heat.

I don’t make up the rules. Nor do I often follow them.

But the good news is (part two), the chicken is crazy tender and lovely, and can just as easily be grilled or baked…pick your passion!

AND the good news is (part three) this salad is CRAZY herby and will take you away on a mental vacation to the beautiful Mediterranean.

At first glance, this recipe appears to call for eleventy billion ingredients; however, you’ll notice many of them are herbs or spices for the salad dressing and the chicken marinade, many of which cross-over to both the dressing and the marinade. 

AND most of which you likely already have in your spice collection!

Don’t worry, the process is easy – it’s a 3-stepper.

We..

  1. Make the dressing
  2. Marinate and bake the chicken (okay, that’s two steps, but three always sounds more enticing than four).
  3. Assemble the salad.

Here’s how this plays out in detail:

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Black Bean Corn Salad with Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing

Black Bean Corn Salad with lemon poppy seed dressing is a fresh and vibrant side dish perfect for summer gatherings. It can also be used as a condiment for tacos, burrito bowls, or green salads!

I know. Corn.

I know.

Some folks love it, some folks abhor it, some folks love-abhor it because it is fantastically delicious but tends to be heavily genetically modified and – well – void of anything nutritionally meaningful.

Truthfully, I don’t consume corn often because I keep my diet low-inflammatory and choose my sources of inflammation with much scrutiny. BUT I do get a great amount of enjoyment out of the kernel, so I’ll cook with it on occasion. And when I do, I’m sure to get the most bang for my inflammatory buck. 

Meaning, I use it in a way that will bring me great joy. 

For instance: corn salad. Fresh and spunky, magical on, around, or in just about anything.

Corn salad is particularly amazing when combined with black beans, bell pepper, tomato, onion and a homemade lemon poppy seed dressing. Everything comes together in an incredibly fresh, crunchy, creamy, tangy amalgamation to make your taste buds swoon.

one large bowl and two small bowls of black bean corn salad with two forks on the side on a white backdrop

You can make it with fresh corn or canned corn!

How about we whip this out right quick?

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Orange Marinated Chicken Bowls with Zucchini “Rice” (Paleo, Keto)

Baked Orange-Marinated Chicken Bowls with Zucchini Rice and Orange Turmeric Tahini Sauce. This squeaky clean nutritious bowl is awesome for those looking for a clean dinner, a low-carb, paleo, Low-FODMAP and/or keto dinner recipe. Plus, it’s tasty as can be! Helloooooo baked chicken bowl of my dreams! Finally, we meet! These bowls are one of …

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Roasted Vegetable Forbidden Rice Bowls with Carrot Top Pesto

Forbidden rice bowls with a variety of roasted vegetables and carrot top pesto sauce. This colorful, nutrient-rich meal is perfect for using up your supply of farmer’s market veggies. First and foremost, thank you so much for your support on my Mega Announcement! I’m so grateful to be able to connect with so many beautiful …

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Mexican Street Corn Buddha Bowls with Basil-Lime Vinaigrette

Mexican street corn Buddha bowls are chock full of fresh grilled corn, rice, mixed greens, cabbage, tomato, onion, queso fresco, avocado, and hard-boiled egg – everything you need for a fresh and healthful summer vegetarian meal. I’m leaving for Iceland today! Headed overseas to hang with Eva and Carey and a bunch of talented individuals …

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30-Minute Sausage Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto

Gluten-free pasta with sausage, cherry tomatoes, fresh basil, and homemade sun-dried tomato pesto sauce. An easy and healthful meal that comes together in less than 30 minutes. Did I ever tell you about the Era o’ Pasta, circa 2000 through 2008? The gist of it is simple: pasta encompassed roughly 80% of the food I …

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Pasta Salad with Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing

Refreshing and simple gluten-free pasta salad with cherry tomatoes, peas, carrots, red onion, and homemade lemon poppy seed dressing – a super quick and delicious recipe for all your spring and summer gatherings. Pasta salad. I have so much to say. My first experiences with pasta salad were the out-of-the-box, just-add-mayo variety. Can you relate? …

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