A good salad is everybody’s favourite lunch option, and this healthy lunch recipe is for those who want to keep an eye on their calorie intake through out the week without compromising on their protein intake which is essential for keeping muscles smooth and strong (which in turns keeps your metabolic rate very high). The salad’s ingredients are easy to buy individually, so even if you don’t have time during the week to grill bacon and chicken and boil your eggs, these days you can buy this salad’s healthy ingredients ready prepared. All you have to do is assemble in a salad bowl and quickly wrestle up the most delicious salad dressing!
Ingredients: (1 portion)
– 2 handfuls of raw spinach leaves
– 1 grilled bacon rash
– 1 hard boiled egg
– 1 small piece of grilled chicken breast
– ¼ avocado
– 1 medium tomato
– 1 table spoon of hard cheese (cubed)
– dressing: 1 tea spoon of honey, 1 tea spoon of Dijon mustard, pinch of dried parsley, 1 table spoon of balsamic vinegar, 1 table spoon of mineral or filtered water.
1. In a large plate assemble a layer of spinach as your base.
2. Cut grilled bacon rash and chop a boiled egg and assemble each ingredient carefully side by side next to each other.
3. Chop ¼ ripe avocado and a small chicken breast and assemble side by side in the similar manner.
4. Finally cube a tomato and some hard cheese (no more than 1 table spoon) and place next to the rest of the chopped ingredients.
5. Dressing: mix vigorously mustard, honey, balsamic vinegar and water in a small bowl. Add dried parsley and salt and pepper and pour over the salad just before serving.
I suggest using a large plate for this recipe to showcase the beautiful ingredients placed side by side in the same manner of traditional chopped salads. The dressing is deliberately missing the usual addition of oil – I use water instead to emulsify the dressing simply because there is enough fat in most of the ingredients (avocado, cheese, bacon, egg, chicken)! You really don’t need any extra fat added to this healthy lunch recipe especially if you are on low calorie diet plan or if you are watching your cholesterol levels (for that add either bacon OR cheese, not both). Cheese can be any type according to your diet plan: Paleo and low carb diet plan followers can add Parmesan for its high protein content. If you are on a short ketosis diet plan take out tomato (I still suggest keeping spinach in).
Wishing you a great health and Bon Appetite.
Disclaimer: please consult your health care practitioner or doctor if you experience any health problems before making drastic changes to your diet and daily eating habits.