Honey Mustard Chicken, Avocado + Bacon Salad

Honey Mustard Chicken, Avocado + Bacon Salad

Introduction:
Indulge in a delightful combination of flavors and textures with this Honey Mustard Chicken, Avocado + Bacon Salad. Tender, juicy chicken breasts marinated in a sweet and tangy honey mustard dressing are paired with creamy avocado slices, crispy bacon bits, and a medley of fresh greens. This salad is not only satisfying but also bursting with nutrients and flavors, making it a perfect meal for lunch or dinner.

Ingredients:

For the Honey Mustard Chicken:

  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon whole grain mustard
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

For the Salad:

  • 4 cups mixed salad greens (such as baby spinach, arugula, and mesclun)
  • 1 large avocado, sliced
  • 4 slices cooked bacon, crumbled
  • 1/4 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 cup red onion, thinly sliced

For the Honey Mustard Dressing:

  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon whole grain mustard
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions:

  1. Marinate the Chicken:
  • In a small bowl, whisk together honey, Dijon mustard, whole grain mustard, minced garlic, salt, and pepper.
  • Place the chicken breasts in a shallow dish or resealable plastic bag and pour the honey mustard marinade over them. Make sure the chicken is evenly coated. Cover or seal and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, or up to 4 hours.
  1. Cook the Chicken:
  • Preheat a grill or grill pan over medium-high heat. Remove the chicken breasts from the marinade and discard any excess marinade.
  • Grill the chicken for 6-8 minutes per side, or until cooked through and no longer pink in the center. Remove from the grill and let rest for a few minutes before slicing.
  1. Prepare the Salad:
  • In a large salad bowl, combine the mixed greens, sliced avocado, crumbled bacon, halved cherry tomatoes, and thinly sliced red onion.
  1. Make the Honey Mustard Dressing:
  • In a small bowl, whisk together honey, Dijon mustard, whole grain mustard, apple cider vinegar, salt, and pepper.
  • Slowly drizzle in the olive oil while whisking continuously until the dressing is emulsified.
  1. Assemble the Salad:
  • Drizzle the honey mustard dressing over the salad ingredients and toss gently to coat evenly.
  1. Serve:
  • Divide the salad among serving plates and top with sliced honey mustard chicken breasts.
  • Serve immediately, garnished with additional bacon bits and a drizzle of honey mustard dressing if desired.

Tips:

  • For a shortcut, you can use store-bought honey mustard dressing instead of making your own.
  • Make extra honey mustard dressing and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week to use for other salads or as a dipping sauce for chicken tenders or vegetables.

Description:
The Honey Mustard Chicken, Avocado + Bacon Salad is a feast for the senses, combining tender grilled chicken with creamy avocado, crispy bacon, and vibrant greens, all drizzled with a luscious honey mustard dressing. This salad is not only delicious but also nutritious, providing a perfect balance of protein, healthy fats, and fresh vegetables. Whether enjoyed for lunch or dinner, it’s sure to leave you feeling satisfied and nourished.

Nutritional Information:
(Serving Size: 1/4 of the recipe)

  • Calories: 380 kcal
  • Total Fat: 22g
  • Saturated Fat: 4g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Cholesterol: 80mg
  • Sodium: 320mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 24g
  • Dietary Fiber: 5g
  • Sugars: 14g
  • Protein: 26g

(Note: Nutritional information is approximate and may vary depending on specific ingredients and serving size.)

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