Fit Foods: Paleo Lunch – Chicken Salad

Salad! I love the stuff, but fully understand the reluctancy of others to throw one together. For me, the best way to get this rabbit chow to taste right is to ensure there’s some good protein in it (chicken in this case) and a very healthy does of fat (marcona almonds, pecans and olive oil shown above). Below are a few selections of my favorite salad components, any of which you can combine with one another to make a tasty meal:

Shrubs
Spinach (hearty and super cheap)
Romaine Lettuce (simple and crisp)
Butter Lettuce (mmmm, butter)
Swiss Chard (stems are good too!)
Radicchio (looks neat, tastes… neater?)
Endive
Arugula (a good substitute for spinach)

Proteins
Chicken (grilled ahead of time is the way to go here)
Steak (flank is my favorite)
Fish (think that tuna in a can is just for sammies?)
Pig (slices of tenderloin, vaaarr nice!)

Fats
Olive Oil (buy cold pressed, ask me why)
Avocado
Macadamia Nuts
Almonds (roast ‘em, it’s the only way to eat an almond)

Do you have an awesome salad recipe? Share it! Leave a comment below with your favorite way to make the green stuff good.

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7 Responses to “Fit Foods: Paleo Lunch – Chicken Salad”
  1. Rob M says:

    I just do a BIG handful of spinach, 6oz of ground turkey, 10oz apple and 1/3 a cup of almonds. Its quick and easy for when you are on the go. Squirt some lemon on the apple if you need to prepare it the night before, it keeps it fresh. (Side note: proportions vary)

  2. Chris says:

    Dig it. Cool about the lemon on the apple trick, I’ve never heard of that.

    I forgot to mention salad dressings. One that I like to do is mash up an avacado, thin it out with lemon or lime juice and add some olive oil and a few spices. Totally paleo, totally tasty.

  3. Erica says:

    I like mexican themed salads: romaine lettuce with either chicken or ground turkey, avocado, tomatoes, whatever other veggies, lots o cilantro and salsa as dressing. nom nom nom!

  4. Lindsay says:

    spinach, grilled salmon, red onion, avocado, chopped walnuts, black pepper w/ olive oil, vinegar, & lemon juice (maybe a little dijan mustard)… and if you aren’t paleo I like to add a bit of feta cheese and sometimes brown rice… I know, how dare I?!

  5. Steve Gomez says:

    Dear Chris, why do you advocate roasted almonds vs. raw (pasteurized) almonds? Is roasted better for this particular recipe or really the only way to eat almonds?

  6. Chris says:

    God dammit Gomez… If you came into the gym half as much as you posted on our website, your WOD times would be killer.

    Kidding, of course. ;-)

    I prefer the taste of roasted almonds over the standard blanched flavor, but that’s just personal preference.

  7. Chris says:

    Also, I prefer roasted in salads because I feel that the taste of a roasted nut (given it’s changed oil structure) is more powerful than that of blanched. Goes better with acidic dressing like balsamic.

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