Rocket & Pepita Chicken Salad

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It takes a lot for a salad to impress me these days. Too often I see my health conscious friends devouring unequal and uninspiring proportions of green, protein and very little else, just to get in all the necessaries. Boooorrrrriiiiinnng…..

Eating healthy shouldn’t be just about meticulously calculating portions of veges, proteins and fats. Power to you if you can happily smash a plate of overcooked chicken breast, lettuce and olive oil in your face and soldier on through the afternoon with a smile.

But if you’re like me a salad won’t get a run in my day unless it has some personality and flavour. It’s a simple equation. Preparation + Produce = Good Salad. Use ingredients you love to eat and prep them so they all mix together and share their flavours like a big healthy salad party should go down.

This recipe combines healthy fats, greens and protein with plenty of texture and seretonin-boosting pepitas and sesame.

What you need:

1/2 kilo of chicken breast or thigh (diced small pieces)
Juice of 2 lemons
2 teaspoon oregano
2 cloves crushed garlic
Salt & pepper
Big bag of fresh rocket
1 avocado, sliced
1/3 cup pepitas
1 tablespoon black tahini
2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoon avocado oil
2 teaspoon sesame seeds

What you do:

Combine first 5 ingredients (juice of only 1 lemon) and marinate for as much time as you have.

Cook chicken over high heat until lightly browned and cooked through. Put aside.

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Combine tahini, vinegar and oil together with extra lemon juice.

Mix it all together with the rocket, using your hands. Really get in there. This helps the flavours combine and it just tastes better.

Serve with sesame seeds and extra S&P if you like.

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