Grilled Chicken Salad

What can be better than a big fresh salad? This is a simple meal that can be reinvented numerous ways. Bill and I are big salad lovers, and a fresh salad with a delicious piece of protein is always a goto lunch option for the work day. I love to have a heaping bowl of mixed greens, tossed with lots of raw chopped veggies, topped with some good lean protein, and a homemade dressing full of healthy fats. I will often pre-chop veggies and keep them in the fridge ready to top a bed of salad greens for a quick meal.

For this meal we added grilled chicken to the salad, but other great options would be salmon, shrimp, tuna, hard boiled eggs, or steak.

For the Salad

  • Organic Spring Mix Salad Greens
  • Celery
  • Cucumber
  • Broccoli
  • Tomato
  • Red Onion
  • Jicama
  • Black Olives
  • Grilled Chicken
  • Balsamic Dressing


  1. Chop raw veggies into bite size pieces.
  2. Toss raw veggies with organic spring mix salad greens.
  3. Top with grilled chicken.
  4. Drizzle with balsamic dressing.

For the Dressing

  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Extra Virgin Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Garlic Powder


  1. Pour all ingredients into a jar and shake vigorously until well blended. (typically for a single serving I will use 1/2 to 1 whole table spoon of olive oil, and add vinegar and seasoning to taste.)

This is an easy delicious salad dressing. Another favorite of ours is the juice of half of a lemon, and flax seed oil. Another healthy dressing option is to use Hayley’s Famous Marinade.

Enjoy this salad, or use this recipe as inspiration to create a colorful salad of your own, full of raw veggies, lean protein and healthy fat. Enjoy!

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    1. September 15, 2010

      I love it when I find a primal recipe blog. I found this through primal toads. Have added you to my blog links.

    2. September 15, 2010

      Hi Dan,
      That's great you found us through Todd's website. Glad to have you following our blog – enjoy!

    3. September 15, 2010

      mmmmm. I want this now…. My kind of food!

    4. September 17, 2010

      I just linked this recipe on my site!!!

    5. September 17, 2010

      Hey Dan – We just saw it! Thanks so much! We passed along some love for your website on Twitter.

      Tracy – I know, right? We love a good grilled chicken salad.

    6. September 28, 2010

      i have noticed in a lot of your recipes that you are using things like salt, honey, maple syrup, and in some instances vinegar, . . . i was curious what your guide lines are for what you will eat? do you do a modified paleo, or modified whole 30, or are you doing a modified primal?
      I am restructuring my diet and have tried the base of all three, and trying to get a feel what might work best.

    7. September 28, 2010

      Hi John,

      Technically speaking, we eat Primal. The recipes that include honey or maple syrup are grain-free, dairy-free options for dessert, but are not meant to be diet staples. Salt and vinegar are okay on Primal (you're right, not on Paleo). We like to keep our meals clean & fresh. We don't use stuff like lard and bacon fat. The desserts we post are not frequent indulgences – just treats for every so often.

      Also – although we have posted some sweet things lately, we have had to rely on family members for taste testing. We are, indeed, doing the whole30 right now, and have strictly limited our sugar intake.

      We prefer primal eating to paleo, though some days it might be more in line with Paleo – just depends on the fat intake. Do a little bit of research, and more importantly, some real world testing… see what works best for you!

      Hope this helps clarify some things!
      -Hayley and Bill

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