The weather was amazing here last week! It was in the 80’s pretty much the entire week which, after a month of really cold temperatures, was a big breath of fresh air. We took advantage of the great weather by taking the dogs on a walk around a local park . The dogs loved it and it felt great to just get outside and be together as a family with no distractions.
When the weather gets warmer, it gets harder and harder to want to cook. The summers here are brutal so we end up living off salads since they take little to no cooking and they’re a great, fresh meal. Salads can get kind of repetitive after awhile, so I started mixing different combinations to make some pretty awesome salads. Of course there’s your normal lettuce and veggies salad, but I really like to mix them up!
A few months ago, I created one of my favorite salads so far: a Couscous and Chicken Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette.
It’s topped with warm cous cous, grilled chicken (bonus- you can just use rotisserie chicken), and a homemade lemon vinaigrette. You could top it with some goat cheese or feta cheese and some dried cranberries if you’re feeling fancy, but it really doesn’t need anything else!
Couscous and Chicken Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette
(originally posted on A Guiltless Glutton)
Serving: 1/2 recipe
Amount per serving (with Vinaigrette): 499 calories- 35g carbs- 22g fat- 23g protein
- 1 cup couscous (or quinoa)
- 10 oz. cooked chicken, chopped
- 4 cups kale (or leafy green of your choosing)
- 1/2 cup lemon juice
- 2 tbs olive oil
- 1 tsp dijon mustard
- 1 tsp white sugar (you could use a substitute, but, honestly, sugar is just going to taste the best and one teaspoon of it is just fine)
- Cook couscous as directed on package and set aside.
- In a small bowl, combine vinaigrette ingredients together well.
- In a larger bowl, combine vinaigrette and kale and toss well.
- Serve on plates, top with couscous and chicken.
This is such a simple recipe and it will add happiness and health to your sunny days!