What a crazy week last week!! I had TWO newborn photo shoots plus had to get ready for our camping trip. I wasn’t looking forward to camping in the slightest, but who knew Walden was so beautiful?? The Aspen trees were so white and the grass was so green! I may or may not have had a near death experience with the 4-wheeler?!? The hubs likes to test my nerves & take me through the most crazy & dangerous parts of the mountain side! But I made it alive by the skin of my teeth!
Plus the view of the mountains was exquisite!! So all is well I suppose!
And in the middle of all of that, are the sand dunes. I’m amazed anything grows around there. We had loads of fun! The girls loved it and the sand was so fine it was almost as good as being at the beach (well not really, but a girl can dream can’t she!). I think we had sand in every crevice of our bodies!! It was a partying place. FYI….bring earplugs….just sayin!
And can you believe it? I actually brought ZONED approved meals. The hubs thought I was trying to starve him. I did bring s’mores for the girls or else I would have had a rebellion on my hands. But I did bring snicker doodle cookies and the Safeway Dark chocolate to make me a snicker doodle s’more. They were YUMMO! Hubs said it was better than having a graham cracker for sure! So give it a try (1P, 2C).
Well on to salads I guess….cuz it is Salad month if ya haven’t noticed yet. It really isn’t supposed to be my bloggin day, but someone is up to her eyeballs in teenage music camp drama. So, you’re stuck with me….like it or not! Anyhoo, not sure if you’ve heard of this place? 😉 But, Grand Avenue Pizza is famous around these parts for their Thai Chicken Pizza. Oh man is it good! They also have a Thai Chicken Salad on the menu as well that is a spin off of their pizza. It is DE-LISH! This is my version of this salad. I have been informed that my broccoli was waaaay to big. Sheesh! 😉 So for a more improved broccoli experience, be sure to cut your florets a tad smaller!! I was in a hurry OK!
Grand Avenue Pizza uses a celery seed dressing on their version. My dressing doesn’t resemble theirs, but it is pretty tasty. I originally wanted to use a lemon vinegar/olive oil combo, but I ran out. So feel free to change up the dressings. Figures are as follows MINUS dressing (3P, 2.3C, 2.2F).
Thai Chicken Salad
Serves One ~ 3P, 3.2C, 5.1F
- 3 oz. Shredded Rotisserie Chicken
- 2 Tbsps. Ginger People Ginger Sesame marinade
- 1/2 tsp. Chili Garlic Sauce
- 1.5 c. lettuce (I used Romaine)
- 50 grams Broccoli, “finely” chopped
- 35 grams fresh Pineapple chunks
- 15 grams Golden Raisins
- 15 grams Green Onions
- 15 grams Tomatoes
- 2 Tbsp. unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1 Tbsp. sliced almonds (optional ~ This increases your fats more, so eliminate if you are trying to watch your fats!!)
- 1 Tbsp. Balsamic Vinegar
- 1/2 tsp. apple cider vinegar
- 1 1/2 tsp. olive oil (I used my garlic olive oil again plus 1/2 tsp. basil olive oil)
- 1/2 tsp. Dijon mustard
- 1/2 tsp. honey
- 1/4 tsp. celery seeds
- salt & pepper to taste
*****UPDATE: I made this again for dinner last night and the vinegar/oil options I used were da’ bomb!! I used the Rocky Mountain Olive Oil Company’s Cranberry Pear Vinegar w/ Garlic Olive Oil…..seriously close to the original!!! Just sayin!****
- Place chicken, chili sauce & marinade in a bowl. Let sit 15 minutes.
- Chop lettuce and place in serving bowl.
- While chicken is marinating, chop veggies & and place on top of lettuce.
- Place chicken in the oven at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes or until warm (you can also just microwave it if’n you want)
- In a small bowl, combine balsamic vinegar, apple cider vinegar, olive oil, mustard, honey, celery seeds, and salt/pepper. Whisk together until smooth.
- Add chicken to salad and top with dressing.
Here’s a picture of the Ginger Marinade. It is soooo dang close to Grand Ave.’s, it’s ridiculous. I bought this at Big Hollow in the Asian section. I cheated, as always, with the rotisserie chicken. Feel free to marinade a chicken breasts and grill them on the grill.