If simply being full of tasty flavor isn’t enough, strawberries are also full of vitamins, fiber and antioxidants that work together to protect your heart, lower your LDL cholesterol, lower blood pressure and defend against cancer. It should come as no surprise that the strawberry is the most popular berry fruit in the world!
Recipe: Strawberry-Chicken Salad with Pecans
4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1 Tablespoon white balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon honey
1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
3/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
2 cups halved strawberries, divided
2 (4-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast cutlets
1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
4 cups fresh baby spinach
1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion
3 tablespoons chopped pecans, toasted
1 ounce reduced-fat feta cheese, crumbled (about 1/4 cup)
- Combine 1 tablespoon oil, vinegar, honey, thyme, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and 1/8 teaspoon salt in a medium bowl; stir with a whisk. Add 1 cup strawberries, tossing to coat. Let stand at room temperature 10 minutes.
- Heat a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Brush chicken with remaining 1 teaspoon oil; sprinkle evenly with remaining 1/8 teaspoon pepper, salt, and paprika. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add chicken to pan; cook 2 to 3 minutes on each side or until done. Remove chicken from pan; let stand 5 minutes. Cut across the grain into slices.
- Divide spinach, remaining 1 cup strawberries, and onion between 2 plates. Top evenly with chicken slices and strawberry-balsamic mixture. Top each serving with 1 1/2 tablespoons pecans and 2 tablespoons cheese.
Fat 22.2 g (saturated fat 3.9 g)
Cholesterol 77 mg
Carbohydrate 22 g
Fiber 6 g
Protein 31 g
From Cooking Light, May 2016
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