chicken pecan salad


I don’t know a lot of vegans, but I do know a lot of people who avoid red meat. They often turn to chicken for many of their meals.  But with the amazing chicken substitutes on the market, you can get your chick-fix with a healthier alternative.

Gardein brand chicken strips provide an amazing chicken-like texture and, like real chicken, the taste is determined by the seasonings you use.  In fact, that’s true of any meat – meat by itself doesn’t have taste unless we add salt, pepper, seasonings and vegetables!  So doesn’t it make sense to use great seasonings and veggies with a healthy protein alternative?   Gardein’s “chick’n” is 15 g of protein per serving with 0 fat and 0 cholesterol.   You’ll love the beautiful colors and crunch of this salad and the cranberry vinaigrette makes it great for the holiday season, but you can enjoy it any time.

Total Time: 30 minutes
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: n/a

Level: Easy


1 c. Gardein brand Teriyaki Chick’n Strips (Do not use the sauce that comes in the package), diced small and sprinkled with a pinch of salt & pepper.

2 T. chopped pecans, chopped + 2-4 pecan halves for garnish

1 c. lettuce, chopped – I use a combination of red and green lettuce, but any type will do

1 stalk celery, diced

½ c. apple, diced

½ c. carrot, diced

½ c. cucumber, skin on, seeds removed, diced

2 T. green onion, sliced at an angle

2 T. flat leaf parsley, chopped

½ c. dried cranberries

Cranberry Vinaigrette

3 T. cranberry juice

1 T. olive oil

1 T. agave nectar

1 sm. garlic clove, minced

Salt & pepper to taste

Blend with wire whisk or put in small blender or food processor and mix until thoroughly combined.

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