Mason Jar Strawberry Chicken Salad (Great way to transport a salad to the beach)

July 2, 2015
strawberry mason jar salad

imagesMason jar salads are really just great. They are the best way to pack a salad for a  on-the-go meal! You can assemble them ahead and keep in the refrigerator for a couple days. Here’s a healthy summer salad to use that leftover chicken. This perfect mix of protein and veggies is low in carbohydrates and high in color and flavor. Strawberries add a touch of sweet without tipping the sugar scale, chicken is high in energy sustaining protein, spinach is high in vitamins and fiber, while avocados help lower cholesterol. A salad really can’t get any healthier then this. Keep it  Fresh…simple…and significant!”  Britt

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1/2 cup Fresh organic sliced strawberries (washed)
2 cups fresh baby spinach (washed)
½ baked chicken breast chopped
1/4 avocado chopped
juice from ½ a lemon
1 tbs olive oil
fresh thyme
salt & pepper to taste
fresh mint

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In a small bowl mix olive oil, lemon juice, fresh thyme, salt and pepper.

Assemble in mason jar:
Bottom- lemon vinaigrette (omit if you will keep in refrigerator for up to 4 days)
small amount of spinach
avocados (squeeze a little lemon juice on to prevent browning)
spinach and mint

Health Note: Did you know that non organic strawberries are heavily sprayed with pesticides?  It is important to buy organic berries. Keep in mind that chemicals can not just be washed off, along with being sprayed onto fruit it is also injected right into the soil. This means that the pesticide is apart of your fruit.

Where can you buy pesticide free strawberries? You can usually purchase organically grown produce straight from the farmers at local (farmers) markets. Some grocery stores such as Whole Foods also sell local organic produce. You can ask the produce manager about their pesticide policies and what farms they get their produce from.



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