Citrus Chicken Salad

Citrus Chicken SaladWith the holiday season upon us, it is so easy to snack on cookies from a cookie party and those delicious chocolates a client dropped off for the office. I like to add a few salads to the mix to help maintain my weight during the holiday season. This is a very simple recipe that balances sweet, acidity and the earthly flavors. You can dress this salad up any way you want and add bacon, avocados or any other ingredient you like.
Salad Ingredients
2 chicken breasts, grilled and sliced
1/2 cup walnut halves
4 cups mixed greens, I like to use a baby spinach mix or arugula mix
1 large navel orange, peeled and sectioned
1 green apple, cored and sliced
4 tablespoons raisins
1/3 cup red onions, sliced
1/2 cup grape tomatoes
1/4 cup Gorgonzola cheese
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/3 cup croutons, if desired (i prefer to leave these out for myself)

Citrus Vinaigrette Ingredients
2/3 cup rice wine vinegar
4 tablespoons orange juice
2 tablespoons lime juice
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 teaspoon honey
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon dijon mustard

Citrus Vinaigrette Directions
Whisk together all of the ingredients and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
2 chicken breasts

Salad Ingredients
Mix together the salad ingredients and add a healthy serving of the vinaigrette.

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