This salad is incredible and comes together so quickly. It’s perfect for lunch or dinner on a hot summer night. It’s a restaurant quality salad on the table in less than 10 minutes.
And it’s healthy.
Kale is packed with vitamins K, A and C, (a serving has more than 800 percent of your daily vitamin K needs); walnuts have Omega 3 fatty acids, and the nuts and chicken give it protein to keep you full longer.
However, sunflower seeds do add a lot of calories and fat, so if you’re watching your waistline, you may want to omit those and double up on strawberries.
A sprinkle of goat cheese crumbles is great on this salad, too.
If you can’t find baby kale, you can substitute spinach or arugula. I bought baby kale in a plastic tub next to other salad greens.
It’s important to use honey roasted sunflower seeds as it adds sweetness. I used applewood smoked chicken, but that is not available at all stores, so regular is fine. I would stick with traditional and not use a lemon-pepper chicken.
Dress this salad with your favorite raspberry vinaigrette. I used Walmart’s generic brand, Great Value, and it was awesome. Enjoy this healthy, EASY meal.
Baby Kale, Strawberry, Chicken Salad with Candied Walnuts and Raspberry Vinaigrette
3 cups baby kale greens
2 tablespoons honey roasted sunflower seeds
2 tablespoons candied or glazed walnuts
4 strawberries, hulled and sliced
1/2 cup to 2/3 cup chopped rotisserie chicken
1 tablespoon dried cranberries (optional)
Your favorite raspberry vinaigrette
Spread kale on a large plate. Top with all the other ingredients. Toss with vinaigrette and serve.
I like this with a crisp white wine.