Whether served in lettuce cups or dipped in with plantain chips, this pomegranate dill chicken salad recipe is a work-week STAPLE.
But, 9 times out of 10, I chose the plantain dipping method.
The best part about this meal-prep star dish? The little amount of time it takes to throw together.
I’m all for taking shortcuts whenever possible when it comes to prepping lunches for the week.
Some of my tips and shortcuts include:
- Buying pre-made hard boiled eggs. For some reason, I can never get them to peel well when I do it myself. So, with the help of pre-packaged ones, I am still able to have a healthy snack ready to go whenever I need it. Yes, it’s worth the extra $1 for e. And if you have a trick to hard boiling eggs – help a gal out and message me! In the meantime, I’ll be purchasing mine haha
- Territory foods meals. These are a lifesaver when I am out of town for a weekend and do not have time to prep for the week. At under $10 a meal, I am slightly addicted to this service. You can select the type of meal preferences you want, whether it be Whole30, Keto, Gluten-free, etc, and from there you select from a wide range of dishes. I pick my meals up at the gym across the street from my office building (and there are many locations throughout the cities where Territory is offered). Use this code to get $50 off your first order! Territory is offered in the DMV area, SoCal, San Fran, and Dallas/Fort Worth.
- Precooked chicken from Trader Joe’s and/or rotisserie chickens from Whole Foods. This is my most-used hack for meal prep. I personally cannot cook chicken without drying it out (hence the lack of baked chicken dishes on this blog haha), but am slowly working on it. Similar to the hard boiled eggs, I let someone else do the work for me. However, I make sure to check out the ingredient listing to ensure there aren’t any sneaky (and unnecessary) sugars making their way into my meals.
Tip #3 is about to come into play with this recipe. I use Trader Joe’s Simply Roast Chicken Breast – roasted with just olive oil, salt and pepper.
And as mentioned before, this is super quick to whip up. Basically, the only direction is to mix the ingredients together. #howeasyisthat (for all my Ina fans out there)
Simple ingredients and whole30 approved. This chicken salad sits all the marks – texture from the cashews, creaminess from a combo of mayo and yogurt, and a pinch of sweetness from the pomegranate seeds.
- 16oz cooked chicken, chopped – I use Trader Joe’s Simply Roast Chicken Breast with rib meat
- 1/2 cup Pomegranate seeds – Another Trader Joe’s find. 1/2 cup is almost the whole package.
- 1/2 cup hemp seed hearts for some added plant based protein, optional.
- 1/2 cup chopped cashews, chopped
- 1/8 cup red onion, diced
- 1 serving Kite Hill Hoods Unsweetened almond milk plain yogurt (the 5.3oz serving size)
- 2 TBSP Primal Kitchen chipotle lime mayo
- Fresh dill – I used about a half cup (measured before I chopped), but feel free to use as much as you want!
- The juice of 1/2 lemon
Prep the ingredients (i.e. chop the chicken, onions, cashews and dill). Pour all ingredients into a bowl and mix until combined. Season with salt and pepper.
- I love dipping Trader Joe’s plantain chips in this!
- Squeeze the lemon directly onto the chicken before mixing to ensure the chicken is well seasoned (and do the same with salt/pepper).
Keywords: chicken salad; whole30