Salads are a great healthy choice for summer picnics. They can be fun to make and easy to tailor to even the pickiest eater! This strawberry chicken spinach salad is a meal in itself with veggies, fruit, nuts and meat…all to promote eye health!
When making a salad, keep in mind that spinach is one of the best nutrition-packed leafy greens you can eat, next to kale. Spinach is full of antioxidants that can protect your eyes’ cells from free radicals that damage healthy eye tissue. These antioxidants include vitamin A, C, E and lutein-zeaxanthin, which can help lower your risk of developing many eye diseases.
Research shows that vitamin K can help bone & cardiovascular health as well as promote eye health. Just one cup of raw spinach contains more than 2 times the daily recommendation for vitamin K.
As you can tell, I love a variety of toppings on my salads- fruit, nuts, chicken, plus a simple olive oil dressing. All contain some antioxidants for eye health– especially the strawberries, with LOTS of vitamin C! Cashews and olive oil also provide omega 3 fatty acids, which help protect adult eyes from macular degeneration and dry eye syndrome, as well as decrease the risk of glaucoma. The chicken makes it a complete meal with some protein for the day ahead. So pack up some salad and go enjoy the fresh air and sunshine!
Ingredients (2 servings):
- 1-2 chicken breast cutlets
- sea salt
- Mrs. Dash seasoning
- 2 cups spinach leaves, stems removed
- 1 cup fresh strawberries, sliced
- 2 tbsp cashews
- 2 tbsp red onion, thinly sliced
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
- Place 2 tsp coconut oil in a pan and turn to medium heat. Place chicken cutlet(s) into the pan. Season with sea salt, pepper and Mrs. Dash. Cover and cook for about 5 minutes, and flip and season the other side. Cook for a total of 10-12 minutes, or until inside is no longer pink.
- Set chicken aside on a plate, and once cooled, cut into strips.
- Divide the spinach between two bowls. Top with strawberry slices, cashews, red onion, and chicken strips.
- For the dressing, mix the olive oil, lemon juice, and a couple shakes of sea salt and pepper in a small bowl. Drizzle dressing over the salads.