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Keto Balsamic Chicken Salad

Keto Balsamic Chicken Salad

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Lately I've found myself getting caught up in what I refer to as the "keto trap".  For me the "keto trap" was set up the day I went against every bit of conventional dieting wisdom I'd ever heard and accepted I could eat fat, to burn fat. 

Then a few weeks later (who am I kidding... a few days later) I got lazy with planning ahead and ended up eating a lot of convenience keto foods (and by a lot I mean my diet almost exclusively consisted of meats and cheese).  I go through cycles of getting caught in the "keto trap", especially when life gets a little hectic.  Sure, it's extremely low carb to just eat salami and provolone and that may work for some people, but not for me. 

I've got to have a ton of fresh veggies to feel my best, and this keto balsamic chicken salad is the perfect way to get in a large dose of veggies while still satisfying my love of meat and cheese.

The chicken is clearly the star of the salad, but it is surrounded by delicious vegetables and keto fan favorites feta and avocado.  So I'm going to go out on a limb and compare this salad to The Avengers: Infinity War.  The two have more in common than you think... They both have a star studded line-up, they both feature something green and awesome (avocado and the Hulk), and **spoiler alert**  just like some of our beloved avengers this salad will be gone in a snap... Too soon?

Anyway back in this universe, vegetables are my super heroes - that may be the corniest sounding thing I've ever written, but in all seriousness I sometimes struggle with eating enough vegetables and if you're in the same boat I hope this has given you a least a little inspiration on how to incorporate more leafy greens into your diet.

Check out the links below to read more on why you eat leafy greens:

Superlife - 10 Incredible Effects on Your Body When You Eat Leafy Greens

Mark's Daily Apple - Why You Should Eat Leafy Greens

NPR - Eating Leafy Greens Each Day Tied to Sharper Memory, Slower Decline

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Keto Balsamic Chicken Salad with Avocado and Feta

This Keto Balsamic Chicken Salad is a delicious way to get healthy fats and tons of vegetables into your diet.

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6 ounces chicken breast 
2 tablespoons avocado oil
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar 
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced

6 cups salad greens
1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
1/4 cup crumbled feta 
1 avocado, diced 
1 roma tomato, diced 

3 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar 
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper


1. Combine the chicken ingredients in a ziplock bag or airtight container and marinate in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours or as little as 30 minutes. 

2. Once the chicken has marinated heat your cast iron grill pan over high heat, grill chicken 4-5 minutes per side until grill lines develop and the internal temperature reacher 165° F. 

3. Let the chicken rest while you prepare the dressing and salads. For the dressing simply place all of the ingredients into a small jar and shake to combine. Divide the greens between two bowls and top with red onion, feta, tomato, and avocado. 

4. Slice the chicken and place on top of the salads. Drizzle with dressing and serve. 



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