Summer has come to end and the busyness of the school year is upon us. In my house that means that hubs is back at work and I will no longer come home to a warm meal waiting for me. It also means that I’m back to traveling around to different high schools during the day, so I have to be really on top of meal prep and planning ahead to make sure I have safe food options ready to go. As we get readjusted to the demands of the school year even 5 minutes makes a difference in how smoothly the day goes. So any chance we can get to save some time in the kitchen works for us. This pomegranate chicken salad recipe is a cinch to put together, using left over rotisserie chicken instead of cooking from scratch.
We like the plain organic rotisserie chicken from Whole Foods, but any chicken will do. Sometimes I just cut up pieces of leftover chicken thighs. You could also boil some chicken breasts and shred them, but the whole point of this recipe is to skip the cooking part. For the mayo I either make my own using Nom Nom Paleo’s recipe or use the creamy and delicious Primal Kitchen Mayo.
A tangent, but have you ever looked at the ingredients list on a Wal-Mart rotisserie chicken? Holy crap! I’m pretty sure a rotisserie chicken doesn’t need anything more than chicken, salt, spices, and something to spin on. Wal-Mart seems to think otherwise. It’s a good example of why it’s so important to read ingredient labels, especially with celiac. Foods that would appear to be healthy or gluten free can be full of hidden nasty and toxic stuff.
Ok, back to the pomegranate chicken salad! This gem could be easily adapted to fit anyone’s taste buds. Mr. Food and Sunshine doesn’t care for pomegranate seeds and I have no objection to keeping them all to myself, so I make the salad without them and add them in after. Hubs likes raisins & shredded carrots in his instead. If you’re on the hunt for pomegranate seeds and can’t find them, Trader Joe’s sells them in a small package in the produce section. I haven’t seen just the seeds anywhere else, but cutting open a pomegranate and popping them out yourself is always fun too! If you’ve never had them before they are definitely worth a try. They are juicy and have a slight tartness. They totally pop in your mouth – like a healthy non gummy version of a gusher! So fun.
I would love for you to leave a comment below with your favorite leftover do overs!
Pomegranate Chicken Salad
Yield 4 servings
Light and refreshing this paleo chicken salad comes together in minutes and is even better the next day.
- 2 cups shredded chicken (leftovers or fresh)
- 1/2 cup finely chopped broccoli
- 1/4 cup diced red onion
- 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds
- 1/4 cup mayo, homemade or Primal Kitchen
- 1 TBS apple cider vinegar
- salt & pepper, to taste
- Combine chicken, broccoli, onion, and pomegranate seeds.
- Add mayo and apple cider vinegar and mix until well combined.
- Salt and pepper to taste.
- Serve immediately or store in the fridge for later.