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Grilled Chicken and Fruit Salad

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Introducing my new favorite lunch, a grilled chicken and fruit salad:

grilled chicken salad

Those who know me know how much my family and I love Chick-Fil-A. We’re in Chick-Fil-A at least twice a week — once for lunch on the kids’ music day and once on Friday nights before hitting the grocery store.  I love eating at CFA because there are at least three choices for me there that are low in fat and calories.  One of those three is a meal I have recently discovered, the Chargrilled Chicken and Fruit salad.  Yum!

I wasn’t sure about strawberries, grapes and granola on a salad, but it totally works.  And, apples?  I’ve gotten to where I’ll put an apple on just about any salad.  I love CFA’s salad so much that I’ve started making my own at home — and they may be even better than CFA’s because I can toss on a few of my favorites that aren’t available on Chick-Fil-A’s salad.  In addition to being delicious, this salad is also a great way to get in your fruits and veggies.

The salad pictured about was:

  • About a cup to a cup-and-a-half of green leaf lettuce
  • 1 Tbsp. reduced-fat feta cheese
  • 2 Tbsp. granola (a low-fat variety from our local healthy grocery store)
  • 2 Tbsp. Craisins
  • 1 Tbsp. walnuts
  • 4 calamata olives
  • 1 Tbsp. sliced pepperoncini
  • 1 Tbsp. pepperoncini juice
  • 5 or 6 grapes
  • 2 strawberries, sliced
  • 1/2 apple, diced
  • 1/2 chicken breast, grilled and diced
  • 2 Tbsp. my favorite low-fat Italian dressing**

The whole salad is just about 430 calories — not bad for lunch. What are some of your favorite lunches?

**Low-Fat Italian dressing:  Good Seasons Italian dressing mix, made according to package directions, except I swap the amounts of oil and vinegar, using 1/2 cup of vinegar and only 1/4 cup of oil.

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Kris Bales is a newly-retired homeschool mom and the quirky, Christ-following, painfully honest founder (and former owner) of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers. She has a pretty serious addiction to sweet tea and Words with Friends. Kris and her husband of over 30 years are parents to three amazing homeschool grads. They share their home with three dogs, two cats, a ball python, a bearded dragon, and seven birds.

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  1. I love Tim Hawkins…I will have to try your salad…it looks so yummy. I forget about making nicer salads at home and tend to serve boring ones….thanks for the inspiration.

  2. Your salad looks and sounds delicious! I think I'll make sure I have the ingredients to try it soon. For some reason, I started reacting poorly to fast food salads a few years ago, so I avoid them like the plague, but this one looks like a delicious lunch treat to have at home!

  3. I love that song, I emailed it to all my friends and family the first time I heard it…and I've never even been to Chik-Fil-A. Don't stone me!

  4. I am not a salad person, but I would totally eat that salad! That looks awesome!

    We love Tim Hawkins in our house. The Chick-fil-a song just cracks me up!!

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