Oscar season is so much fun! I love watching all the Red Carpet specials, because of course I want to see all the great fashion. It was a few years ago, and I ran across this salad they were serving to the movie stars at the SAG Awards I believe it was. It is light, but it has so much flavor! This is my GO TO salad when I wanna feel skinny!
OSCAR SEASON "Feelin' Skinny" SALAD
1 lb. chicken tenders
1 lemon zested
1 garlic clove
3 green apples
1 container of blue cheese crumbles
1/2 red onion
1 head of romaine lettuce
1/4 cup olive oil
1 bell pepper
1 bunch of parsley
1 tsp. red pepper flakes
salt and pepper
First I make a quick gremolata. I zest a whole lemon, add a little parsley, garlic clove, salt, and some red pepper flakes. I chop this until it becomes like a paste. You don't HAVE to do this, but it gives the chicken so much flavor. Plus, I just love gremolatas!
Coat the chicken tenders in olive oil, add a little salt and pepper, then cover the chicken with the gremolata.
Pop these in the oven in a sheet pan and roast at 400 for 30 minutes!
Now let's chop all our veggies and fruit!
I peal the apples, core them, then I chop them into bite size pieces. Then I add them to a big bowl and give them a good coat of lemon so the apples don't brown.
Then, chop the bell pepper, onion, and carrot, and the entire bunch of parsley. You can use any veggie that you like in this salad. I happen to have these in the fridge. The main components are apples, parsley, and lemon. That's the base flavor profile. I add everything to the bowl. Then, I chop off the green leafy part of the romaine lettuce. If you like it, use it. I prefer the crunch hearts! I add those to the bowl.
I mix everything together. I do not salt the salad. It makes it wilt faster and pulls all the moisture out of the veggies. I will individually season my salad later.
Remove the chicken from the oven and let it rest on your cutting board for a few minutes. Then, cut into bite size pieces.
Now make the dressing. Get a jar and squeeze the remaining 1 1/2 lemons into it, along with the honey, dijon mustard, salt and pepper. Then add the olive oil, and Shake Shake Shake!
Assemble your Oscar Season "Feelin' Skinny" Salad!
Top the salad with a little chicken, blue cheese, and some of that yummy low cal, low fat dressing!
When I store this salad, I keep the chicken and blue cheese separate.
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