I could eat a chicken and cherry salad bowl every day of the week!
This is my favorite salad bowl. Hands down. However, it can be highly caloric if you don’t watch the portions. These salad bowls are part of my meal prep for the week.
Please make the kitchen scale and measuring spoons your friend when you make this salad. This salad has sweet and salty and crunchy, so a little can go a long way.
If you don’t want to add a grain to this salad, serving it with a whole grain roll on the side is quite yummy. In my opinion, the brown rice is perfect in this bowl. It pairs really well with the almonds and dried cherries.
By the way, if you don’t have access to dried cherries (I buy mine at Costco), you can substitute craisins or dried apricots.
The following recipe has the portions for one salad. If you plan to make up several of these, simply multiply the ingredients by the number of salads you’ll be making.
For example: If you are making 3 salads, you need 3 times the chicken. So instead of needing just 3 ounces of chicken, you’ll need 9 ounces of chicken.
Chicken and Cherry Salad Bowl
You will need:
3 ounces cooked chicken per salad
1/2 cup brown rice per salad
spring mix greens
1 tablespoon dried cherries per salad
1 tablespoon slivered almonds per salad
1 tablespoon blue cheese per salad
1/2 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons honey
Start your salad by adding a large handful of spring mix to your lunch container. Top with 1/2 cup brown rice. Layer chicken, almonds, cherries, and blue cheese on top. Seal up your container and refrigerate up to 5 days.
In a mason jar, add 1/4 cup olive oil, 2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar, and 2 teaspoons honey. Screw lid on tightly and shake to combine.
Add one to one and a half tablespoons dressing to a separate, small, leak-proof container. Make sure to pack up both your salad and your dressing.
I find these salads will stay fresh for up to 5 days when properly refrigerated.
HELPFUL TIP: Check the date on your salad greens before you buy them. Try to find greens with an expiration date that is at least 5 days away. The fresher your greens, the better chance you have for your salad to stay fresh.