I’ll be honest - this salad was sort-of a happy accident.
Originally, I was trying to go for a more Mediterranean Greek-inspired salad. However, after I had finished baking my Garlic Lemon & Herb Chicken Souvlaki, I realized I was out of cucumber... and red onion… and feta. (Okay, I wasn't prepared at all!)
All I really had in the fridge was some brown rice, diced cherry tomatoes and an avocado. So, instead of panicking, I decided to throw it all in and call it a day. (Or, a California Chicken salad…)
The reason behind its name is because digging into this salad truly does remind me of my trip along the California coastline a few years back - everything was warm & sunny, and there was always, always avocado in my salad. Honestly, I don’t remember a menu in any California restaurant that didn’t have avocado. It’s a beautiful thing!
Although not entirely Californian by nature, this salad is fresh, flavourful and filled with good-for-you foods that will nourish your body from the inside out. (And it makes a pretty amazing quick & easy lunch prep!)
Tip: For a true Cali-style salad, try substituting the brown rice for quinoa and adding in a couple citrus slices or berries for a burst of flavour.
Recipe available below!
2 cups Spinach
1 serving Garlic Lemon & Herb Chicken Souvlaki
⅓ cup Cherry Tomatoes, diced
¼ medium Avocado
¼ cup Brown Rice, cooked
1 tbsp Balsamic Glaze
Salt and pepper (to taste)
Lay spinach in a bowl
Add your chicken, rice, avocado, and tomatoes
Drizzle with balsamic glaze and season with salt & pepper
Serves 1, 390 calories per serving
29 C | 16 F | 30 P
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