I recently made the decision to try to eat paleo. I figure any diet that encourages eating bacon is a lifestyle I can get behind. While I’m going to try to stick to the Whole30 program as much as possible, I’m a voracious food lover with a serious sweet tooth, so we’ll see. During the week at least, I plan to eat mostly paleo, and am fully cutting dairy and grains out for the month.
Finding paleo recipes is easy (thank you, Pinterest). However, finding paleo recipes that are also delicious AND easy is more of a challenge. I scoured the web, until I stumbled upon this recipe for a chicken & avocado BLT salad. It has blue cheese in it so it’s not paleo, but I modified it to fit my diet.
- 1/3 of a ripe avocado
- 10 or so cherry tomatoes
- 3 strips of all-natural bacon (no additives or sugar)
- 4-8 ounces of boneless skinless chicken breast
For the Dressing:
- 2 tbsp avocado oil
- 6 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 1/2 tsp stone ground mustard
First things first, get yourself some spinach, some tomato, and some avocado. Cut it up as you wish, toss it in a bowl. Meanwhile, cook your bacon. I used to fry bacon like a chump, until I read that the best way to get perfectly crispy bacon is to throw it in a cold oven and let it heat up and bake. I now swear by this method. Put your bacon strips on a foil lined baking sheet, pop it in a cold oven, and set it to heat up to 350. Then, let it ride until the bacon starts to curl up (about 5-7 min), and flip it, leaving it to bake for another 5-7 min, or until desired doneness. Pull it out, put the bacon on a paper towel to let it soak the grease up, and you’ll have perfectly crispy strips.
Reserve your bacon fat to cook your chicken in. The paleo diet encourages cooking with animal fat, and when you bake your bacon, you end up with a lot of perfectly usable fat that’s already melted into oil. Simply pick up the foil carefully, pour the grease into a pan, and heat that pan up. Then, cook your chicken breasts in the oil, a few minutes on each side, until both sides have a nice crispy brown to them. You can season the chicken any way you like, and the bacon fat will make it super juicy and delicious.
Let your chicken cool, cut it into bite sized pieces. Crumble your bacon and your chicken over your salad, and voila!
To make the dressing, I mixed 2 tablespoons of avocado oil with 6 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar and half a teaspoon of stone ground mustard. Just whisk that together and pour over your salad and enjoy!
This salad is super filling and absolutely delicious. Goes to show that you can eat healthy and still enjoy it!
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