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Recipes for Summer Sustenance: Dried Cherry & Chicken Salad

August 5, 2020

- Jessica Hugle-Foster, BA, CHC

Dried cherries are a quick and easy salad ingredient that can help you enjoy the taste of summer all year long!

This salad is one of my personal favorites, because I have to avoid acidic foods due to a chronic infammatory condition called Interstitial Cystitis. This salad provides color, texture, flavor, and nutrition, all while helping me stick to an IC-friendly diet! Not to mention, the avocado and flaxseen oil provide health fats; the cherries provide a punch of flavor, fiber, and antioxidants; and the cabbage provides multiple vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants. 

Ingredients:

  • Baby red leaf and romaine lettuce
  • Cucumber
  • Avocado
  • Goat cheese
  • Shredded Carrots
  • Shredded red cabbage
  • Dried sweet Cherries (no sugar added)
  • Grilled chicken tenderloins
  • Flaxseed oil (with or without lingans)
  • Sliced almonds

Optional:

  • Exchange dried cherries for fresh or frozen wild blueberries
  • Salt to taste

Instructions:

  • Add lettuce to medium-sized salad bowl. I use a third of a standard-sized, prepackaged container.
  • Wash cucumber. If seeds or skin bother your stomach, remove them when it is appropriate. Cut off 1/8 of cucumber and cut into small wedged slices. Add to bowl.
  • Sprinkle a small amount of goat cheese to taste.
  • Wash whole avocado and cut in half. Cut two slices from one half and dice those into small cubes. Add to bowl.
  • Add a small handful of shredded cabbage and carrots to the bowl.
  • Remove about five large dried cherries from bag. Cut into quarters, or smaller, and add to bowl.
  • Cut one to two grilled chicken tenderloins into small pieces and add to bowl.
  • If your flaxseed oil has lingans, shake your bottle so that they can be dispersed in the oil (lingans=antioxidants). Add no more than 1 tablespoon of oil to salad.
  • Sprinkle about 1/8 cup of almond slices onto salad.
  • Toss and enjoy!