Main Meal Salad
With the proper ratio of protein, complex carbs, and healthy fats, a healthy salad can be so much more than a boring bed of lettuce. That’s why our Grilled Chicken Sorghum Spiralized Vegetable Salad is a perfectly nutritious entrée because it meets all the nutrient needs of your meal in one bowl. This salad starts with a vitamin-rich base of spiralized vegetables and is topped with protein-packed chicken breast that has been marinated in a savory blend of garlic and mustard and then grilled until lightly charred and wonderfully juicy. We especially love including sorghum in our salad because this ancient wonder grain is reaching global superfood status; it is gluten-free, non-GMO, and contains impressively high amounts of protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals AND it is proven to have a higher antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties than blueberries. The combination of raw veggies mixed with warm grains and grilled chicken provides a variety of textures that keeps every delicious bite interesting and fresh. A sprinkling of hemp seeds adds a heart-healthy dose of omega-3s and a nutty-tasting crunch that complements the chewy sorghum and flavorful chicken. We dress it all up with just the right amount of sweet bitterness from the balsamic and tang from the lemon and mustard. Filled with nutrient-dense and hearty ingredients, our Grilled Chicken Sorghum Spiralized Vegetable Salad relies upon the goodness of grains, piled-on proteins, and variety of veggies to create a main meal salad that is so much more hearty than a plate of mixed greens.
Nutrient Booster: Sorghum
Sorghum is a whole grain superfood with a high nutritional value. This grain is teeming with protein and is a good source of magnesium, copper, calcium, zinc, and potassium. Sorghum contains a wide variety of beneficial phytochemicals that act as antioxidants in the body. Consuming antioxidant-rich foods have been shown to decrease the risk of heart disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes, and some neurological diseases. In fact, eating whole grains, such as sorghum, may lower mortality from cardiovascular disease. Sorghum is also one of the best sources of dietary fiber, which is vital for overall digestive health. Sorghum is naturally gluten-free and its vast health benefits make it a nutritious addition to any diet. Toss a handful of cooked sorghum in a bowl of soup, spoon stir-fries or stews over a bowl of sorghum grains, use it in place of quinoa or rice, or mix it into a fresh salad, like our Grilled Chicken Sorghum Spiralized Vegetable Salad.
Make Once, Eat Twice
Sorghum packs health benefits in every grain and is so easy to cook using your oven, stovetop, slow cooker, or rice cooker. We love making a double batch of this whole grain because it can be frozen and reheated without losing its great taste and chewy texture for use in all of your favorite recipes. Plus, when you make sorghum in advance with different stocks and spices, it absorbs all the flavors and maintains them when reheated. At Triad To Wellness, we are obsessed with sorghum! We have created dozens of recipes that incorporate this superfood. From our Kale, Fennel and Sorghum Salad to our Wild Salmon and Sorghum Bowl or our Shrimp Jambalaya, our dishes highlight the versatility of whole grain sorghum. We use it as a risotto, in chili, as a mushroom stuffer, to top salads, and even in a stuffing. Let us inspire you to “make once, eat twice” by adding one of our favorite foods to your favorite meals.
Grilled Chicken Sorghum Spiralized Vegetable Salad
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 1½ teaspoon lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon sorghum syrup, or maple syrup
- 1/2 clove garlic, minced
- 1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4-1/2 teaspoon mustard powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 pound chicken breast, , pounded to 1/2″ thickness, cut into strips
- 3 large carrots, spiralized or grated
- 2 large zucchini, spiralized or grated
- 1 cup cabbage, shredded
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1 1/2 cups cooked, whole grain sorghum
- 3 tablespoons hemp hearts
In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, sorghum syrup, garlic, and Dijon mustard. Set aside.
In a medium size bowl, whisk together the olive oil, garlic powder, mustard powder, sea salt, and pepper. Once well combined, coat the chicken well and set aside.
Preheat your grill or grill pan to medium heat.
Place the carrots, zucchini, and cabbage in a medium size bowl and add three tablespoons of the balsamic dressing. Mix well and set aside.
Brush the grill or grill pan with 1 teaspoon olive oil. Add chicken and grill for approximately 5 minutes on each side, or until fully cooked to 165°F.
Add the grilled 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
Disclaimer: Triad to Wellness has provided nutrition communication services to The Sorghum Checkoff and Manitoba Harvest. However, we were not compensated for this post. All opinions are our own.