I don’t want to brag, but then again, this healthy keto chicken salad is amazing and you have to try it! It’s an easy low-carb chicken recipe that is also antioxidant-rich and so amazingly delicious!
So for the last few weeks, I’ve been thinking about trying the keto diet. I know, I know…it’s so out there and so famous right now, but what if it actually works?
So I’ve started it 3 days ago, so far so good. I came up with this salad, so it’s definitely been a win for me.
The last push I needed to actually try this extreme looking low carb diet was measuring my blood sugar after I had dinner with my family. It was a little bit high, which I wasn’t happy about, but didn’t think much of at that point. And then for fun, I measured my husband’s and my sister’s blood sugar as well. Turns out, the only one who had high, out of the normal blood sugar was me.
Now, true I had gestational diabetes and was left with insulin resistance after I had the baby. But the doctors told me I’d return to normal once I lose some weight.
As you might have read, I already lost 20 pounds, which brought me to a normal BMI range months ago. So I was really surprised that my blood sugar was so high, even though I lost the weight and wasn’t pregnant anymore. So I decided to give low carb/keto a try and also decided to do it in a healthier way. My goal is not only to lose weight but to improve my insulin resistance and to have more energy.
Update: So I made this salad once again after a while in November and it’s still the best salad ever. It was so good I decided to re-shoot the pictures and now they’re brand new and pretty like Richard Gere. Highly, highly recommend it to anyone wanting to eat healthy, even if you’re not on the keto diet. Other than that, I didn’t update the text, as I would just be repeating myself. Oh, if you want to see more about my keto diet experience – find out here.
Keto Chicken Salad Ingredients
Seriously, this salad is amazing. Here are some of the ingredients you need:
- grilled/cooked chicken, because umami
- avocado, because healthy fats
- lettuce, because volume and nothing else
- sesame seeds and walnuts, because crunch
- purple cabbage, because health
- Parmesan, because Italy
- garlic, because fresh breath
How To Make A Low-Carb Chicken Salad
- Cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces. You can use any type of cooked chicken – grilled, cooked, baked – whatever you personally like.
- Chop the vegetables – lettuce, cabbage, avocado, parsley, basil – get it all nicely chopped!
- Put everything you’ve got so far in a salad bowl.
- Top with some roughly chopped walnuts and toasted sesame seeds.
- Make a secret genius dressing using mustard, Greek yogurt, tamari sauce, olive oil, vinegar and garlic
- Pour that over the salad
- Add olives and Parmesan cheese and start eating, because it’s really good and you should try it, whether you’re doing keto or not.
I will report about my experience with the keto diet in another post, for now, let’s focus on this beautiful, tasty salad. (and here’s my report!)
- 2 cup lettuce, chopped
- 1 cup cabbage, chopped
- 1 avocado
- 8 oz chicken breast, boneless, skinless (around 200 g)
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 tbsp parsley, chopped
- 1 tsp basil, dry
- 1 tsp coriander, ground
- 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp yogurt
- 1 tsp vinegar
- 1 tbsp tamari sauce
- 1/2 tsp mustard
- 2 scallions, chopped
- 2 tbsp toasted sesame seeds
- 2 Tbsp Parmesan cheese
- 5 walnut halves, chopped (optional)
- 8 olives, pitted (optional)
- salt to taste
- pepper to taste
- Prepare the chicken: Marinate the chicken with coriander, basil, crushed red pepper, 1 garlic glove, black pepper and some salt.
- In a non-stick pan, cook the chicken with 1 tbsp olive oil at medium to medium-high heat, flipping the for 5-6 minutes until the chicken is done. Let it cool off a little, before you add it to the salad.
- Make the dressing: in a small bowl whisk yogurt, vinegar, tamari, 1 garlic clove and mustard together.
- Making the salad: In a large salad bowl add the lettuce, parsley, cabbage, olives, avocado, chicken, walnuts (optional), scallions sesame seeds. Add the dressing, Parmesan cheese, mix well and add salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy!
In the updated version of this salad I didn't use walnuts or olives - still delicious! You can leave out the walnuts or olives if you don't want them, but I highly recommend the Parmesan cheese and toasted sesame seeds!
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 578Total Fat: 36gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 28gCholesterol: 101mgSodium: 1122mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 13gSugar: 5gProtein: 45g
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This recipe was originally published in March 2019 and updated in December 2019.