ULTIMATE SPRING SALAD
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This super green spring salad is full of interesting ingredients and flavours – it feels like a meal you might order at a restaurant! A delicious lunch or dinner that won’t weigh you down.

Ultimate spring salad with chicken, asparagus, pearl couscous, cranberries and a creamy avocado dressing.

I love love LOVE meals like this! Fresh and flavoursome, making the most of seasonal produce. Also can’t go past those soy toasted seeds!

If you have some fresh strawberries, they would make a nice alternative to the dried cranberries.

 

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Ultimate spring salad with chicken, asparagus, pearl couscous, cranberries and a creamy avocado dressing.

ULTIMATE SPRING SALAD

Keyword: CHICKEN, MAIN MEALS
Difficulty: Easy
Ready In: 35 minutes
Serves: 4

This super green spring salad is full of interesting ingredients and flavours - it feels like a meal you might order at a restaurant! A delicious lunch or dinner that won’t weigh you down.

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Ingredients

SAUCE

  • 1 large avocado
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened Greek yoghurt (125ml)
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp sumac

CHICKEN

  • 600 g boneless, skinless chicken thighs (1lb 5oz)
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp sumac

COUSCOUS

  • 1 tsp chicken stock powder
  • 3/4 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 75 g pearl couscous

SEEDS

  • 2 Tbsp pumpkin seeds
  • 2 Tbsp sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 Tbsp soy sauce

SALAD

  • 250 g asparagus (8.8oz)
  • 1/4 cup sweetened dried cranberries (40g)
  • 60 g baby rocket (2.1oz)

Instructions

  1. MAKE SAUCE

    Mash avocado in a medium-sized bowl. Add yoghurt, garlic powder and sumac. Mix well, then season to taste with salt and pepper. Set aside.

  2. PREPARE CHICKEN

    Trim any excess fat off chicken, then rub oil and sumac all over chicken. Season with salt and pepper.

  3. COOK COUSCOUS

    Dissolve stock in boiling water. Place oil in a small non-stick saucepan on medium heat. Add couscous and cook until lightly browned (2 minutes). Pour in stock, bring to the boil, then reduce heat to medium-low and cover with a lid. Simmer for 15-20 minutes, until liquid is absorbed and couscous is tender.

  4. COOK SEEDS, CHICKEN AND ASPARAGUS

    Meanwhile, heat a large frying pan on medium. Add seeds and cook, stirring, until toasted (approximately 2-3 minutes). Remove from heat and stir in soy sauce to coat. Transfer to a plate and leave to cool.

  5. Return pan to heat and increase to medium-high. Add chicken and cook for approximately 5 minutes each side, until golden brown and cooked through. While chicken cooks, trim ends off asparagus and chop cranberries into smaller pieces.

  6. Remove chicken from pan onto a plate; cover with foil. Add asparagus to pan and cook until just tender (3-4 minutes). Season with a little salt and pepper.

  7. ASSEMBLE AND SERVE

    Stir couscous with a fork. Divide avocado sauce between individual serving plates (spread it out). Top with rocket, asparagus, couscous, chicken, cranberries and seeds. Serve!

Recipe Notes

WINE MATCH: A Sauvignon Blanc.
GLUTEN-FREE OPTION: Use gluten-free stock powder. Replace couscous with a 250g / 8.8oz microwave pouch brown rice and quinoa. Use gluten-free soy sauce.
INGREDIENT SWAPS / NOTES: Sumac adds a nice flavour but isn’t essential to the meal. Chopped fresh strawberries would be a good substitute for cranberries.
STORING AND REHEATING: Chicken, couscous and asparagus can be stored together and reheated in the microwave. Store all other components separately. Assemble salad just before serving.

 

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