Strawberry, Spinach and Chicken Salad
This entree salad, which uses ingredients that are low on the glycemic index, is not only delicious but may also help you feel full longer
1 small boneless, skinless chicken breast, cooked, cooled, diced (optional)
1½ c. sliced fresh strawberries
4 c. baby spinach
¼ c. low-fat buttermilk
¼ c. reduced-fat blue cheese or goat cheese crumbles (plus extra for garnish, if desired)
1 tsp. white balsamic vinegar
1 tsp. olive oil
⅛ tsp. salt
⅛ tsp. pepper
2 Tbsp. chopped walnuts
Place chicken in very large salad bowl, if using. Add strawberries and spinach. Toss gently. Combine buttermilk and cheese in small bowl. Use a fork to mash cheese into buttermilk. Stir in vinegar, oil, salt and pepper. Just before serving, pour dressing over salad. Toss gently but well. Sprinkle with walnuts.
Makes 2 (3½-cup) entree servings.
Nutritional information per serving: 300 calories, 12.5 g total fat, 33 g protein, 15 g carbohydrates, 77 mg cholesterol, 413 mg sodium, 4.5 g dietary fiber.