Carefree Chicken Salad

I hope all you mommas out there had a wonderful Mother’s Day yesterday!!  I had a nice relaxing weekend with my family.

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First, let’s tackle the sometimes stressful task of getting ready to put a bathing suit on. There is no time like the present to get started on a healthier you, and I hope you like this nutritious take on a Waldorf salad. The ingredients are simple, but they couldn’t be better for you ... and it's easy on the waistline.


Parsley is rich in many vital vitamins, including C, B12, K and A.  Walnuts are high in protein, vitamins and omega 3.  Grapes are high in water content and are good for hydration as well as being loaded with antioxidants.  I love this recipe because it is so versatile and easy to make.  You can put a scoop atop a salad, in a sandwich made with multi grain bread, or even serve it as an appetizer or quick snack placed on sliced bell peppers. I personally like it best served on Romaine spears.

Carefree Chicken Salad:

  • 2 chicken breasts
  • ½ cup parsley
  • 1 cup grapes
  • 1 cup shelled walnuts
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons Cumin
  • 1 tablespoon Fennel Seeds
  • Pinches of Salt and Pepper

Sprinkle a generous pinch of cumin on each chicken breast before placing it in the water.

Immerse breasts in water a medium stockpot with 2 tablespoons of fennel seeds. Strictly speaking, you'll want to poach, rather than boil, your chicken breasts. The difference is subtle; it means the water should be simmering (just a few bubbles) rather than a full boil.  Boiling them will make your chicken breasts tough.

Juice lemon and set aside. Remove seeds.

Once chicken is cooked, drain and put in the fridge to chill.   Approximately two hours.

Take remaining ingredients, walnuts, red grapes, parsley and pulse in a food processor separately and set aside.


Rough chop chicken into pieces and place in food processor.  Pulse until chicken is in small bits. (Looks similar to flaked tuna).  Place in large mixing bowl.


Add walnuts, red grapes, parsley and lemon juice.  Toss lightly to mix.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Enjoy!

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