This fall-inspired salad boasts lean protein on a bed of freshly picked apples, crisp spinach leaves, and toasted walnuts, topped with a lemon honey dressing!
Chicken breast, boneless, skinless
(large; baked and cut into strips)
Salt and pepper
(Fuji apple or royal gala, sliced)
Extra virgin olive oil
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and line a baking sheet with tinfoil or parchment paper.
Rub the chicken breasts with olive oil and season lightly with salt, and pepper, or seasoning of choice. Place the breasts on the baking sheet and bake in the oven for 22-26 minutes, or until the chicken's internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F. Remove from oven and let sit for 5 minutes before slicing into strips for the salad.
Reduce oven heat to 350°F and replace the tinfoil/parchment paper on the baking sheet.
Place walnuts on a single layer on the baking sheet and drizzle lightly with honey and bake for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Meanwhile, prepare the dressing. Add the olive oil, lemon juice, honey, salt, and pepper to a small glass measuring cup and whisk to combine.
In a large salad bowl, add the chicken, toasted walnuts, spinach, and apple slices, drizzle the dressing over the salad, and serve.
Chicken is a great source of lean protein and aids in muscle growth and repair.
Spinach is a an extremely nutrient dense vegetable and is alkaline to regulate body pH.