This quick & easy salad with brown rice, chicken, spinach, apple, and pecans is SO delicious! Whip one up in just minutes using ready-to-eat chicken strips!
I love eating salads for lunch, but I really hate taking the time to prepare them each day. Pre-mixed salads aren’t my thing either, because I like to spontaneously change up what’s in my salad to suit my mood each day. Last week I decided to solve the problem (and save myself some time!) by prepping all of my salad ingredients for the week on Sunday. I kept each ingredient in a separate container so that I could mix and match to customize my salads all week long. My favorite salad of the week was this protein-packed chicken and brown rice salad with mixed lettuces, spinach, apples, cucumbers, pecans, and cranberries. SO yummy!
Since all of my salad ingredients were prepared and ready to go, all I needed to do was heat up a few Tyson® Grilled & Ready® Chicken breast strips, and then combine all of the ingredients together in a salad bowl. I knew that this combination of flavors would be perfect with Wish-Bone® Italian Dressing, so I added a drizzle over the entire salad for an extra zesty boost of flavor!
(Note: you can pick up Wish-Bone® Italian Dressing and Tyson® Grilled & Ready® Chicken at Walmart – that’s what I did!)
- 1/2 cup Steamed Brown Rice
- 1 cup Mixed Red & Green Lettuce
- 1 cup Baby Spinach
- 1/2 Fuji, Gala, or Pink Lady Apple, chopped
- 1/2 cup English Cucumber, sliced
- Small handful of Toasted Pecans and Dried Cranberries
- Tyson® Grilled & Ready® Chicken
- Wish-Bone® Italian Dressing
- In a small skillet, heat the Tyson® Grilled & Ready® Chicken breast strips.
- Combine the salad ingredients in a large bowl, top with the chicken strips, and drizzle with Wish-Bone® Italian Dressing.
- Toss and enjoy!
I love every single individual component of this salad, but when you put them all together, the combination of textures and flavors is seriously incredible!
Preparing all of my salad ingredients ahead of time drastically cut down on the amount of time it took me to prepare my lunch each day, and the Tyson® Grilled & Ready® Chicken breast strips were also a huge time saver. I always add a lot of lean protein to my salads, so it was great to know that I had fresh and ready-to-eat chicken just waiting for me.
So fresh and easy! I love the robust flavor and pep that the Wish-Bone® Italian Dressing adds to the salad (and I REALLY love that it has no high fructose corn syrup!), and the toasted pecans and cranberries are the perfect finish.
Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tyson Foods, Inc. and Pinnacle Foods Group LLC. All opinions are entirely my own.