Warm weather is finally on its way, and what better way to welcome the change of seasons than with a light, healthy, and fresh chicken salad? This recipe is full of bright colors, crunchy vegetables, and chewy sorghum, all of which make the perfect combination to serve to friends and family all summer long. Not only is this dish full of protein from the chicken, but it’s also full of whole grain goodness from the sorghum! Whole grain sorghum is a nutrient-rich ancient grain that’s gluten-free and packed with protein & fiber, which may protect against diabetes, and insulin resistance, help manage cholesterol, and may inhibit cancer tumor growth (1). So go ahead and enjoy all that this recipe has to offer–it’s sure to be a big hit all summer long!
Spiralized Vegetables, Sorghum and Grilled Chicken Salad
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 1½ teaspoon lemon juice
- ½ garlic clove, minced
- ½ teaspoon dijon mustard
- 1 teaspoon sorghum syrup
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼-1/2 teaspoon mustard powder
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- 1 lb chicken tenders or chicken breasts, cut into strips
- 2 large zucchini, spiralized
- 3 large carrots, spiralized
- 1 cup purple cabbage, shredded
- 1½ cups cooked whole grain sorghum
- 3 tablespoon hemp hearts
- In a small bowl, combine all ingredients and set aside.
- In a bowl add 1 teaspoon olive oil, garlic powder, mustard powder, sea salt and black pepper. Combine well, and add the chicken to the bowl. Coat and set aside.
- Spiralize the zucchini and carrots. If you don't have a spiralizer, you can grate them instead.
- Place the zucchini, carrots and purple cabbage in a bowl and add 3 tablespoons of balsamic dressing. Mix well and set aside.
- Spread 1 teaspoon olive oil on a grill pan or in a grill over medium heat for 5 minutes. Add chicken and grill for 5 minutes on each side.
- Add chicken, sorghum and hemp hearts to the spiralized vegetables. Mix together, and add the rest of the dressing as desired.
- Serve in bowls.
Calories: 465 calories, Fat: 24 grams, Saturated fat: 3 grams, Carbohydrates: 34 grams, Sugar: 10 grams, Sodium: 370 milligrams, Fiber: 6 grams, Protein: 30 grams, Cholesterol: 60 milligrams
(1) Health Benefits of Sorghum. Whole Grains Council. http://wholegrainscouncil.org/whole-grains-101/health-benefits-of-sorghum
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