Grilled Chicken and Fresh Vegetable Salad


  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 4 cups mixed lettuce and spinach, washed and dried
  • 1 large ripe tomato, chopped
  • 1 ripe avocado, pitted, peeled, and sliced
  • 1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro or parsley (optional)

For the dressing:

  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Preheat your grill or grill pan to medium-high heat. Season the chicken breasts with olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and paprika.
  2. Grill the chicken for 5-7 minutes per side, or until it’s fully cooked and has an internal temperature of 165°F (75°C). Remove the chicken from the grill and let it rest for a few minutes before slicing it into strips.
  3. In a large salad bowl, combine the mixed lettuce and spinach, chopped tomato, avocado slices, red onion, and fresh cilantro or parsley (if using).
  4. To make the dressing, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, minced garlic, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. Taste and adjust the seasoning as needed.
  5. Drizzle the dressing over the salad and toss gently to combine. Top the salad with the grilled chicken strips and serve immediately.

Health Benefits:

Grilled Chicken: A lean source of protein that promotes muscle growth and repair, strengthens the immune system, and helps maintain healthy body weight.

Lettuce and Spinach: Rich in vitamins A, C, and K, as well as minerals like iron and calcium. These leafy greens support healthy vision, strong bones, and a robust immune system.

Tomato: A great source of antioxidants, including lycopene, which has been linked to a reduced risk of heart disease and certain cancers. Tomatoes also provide vitamins A, C, and K.

Avocado: Packed with healthy monounsaturated fats that promote heart health, lower bad cholesterol levels, and support healthy skin and hair. Avocados also contain fibre, potassium, and vitamins C, E, and K.

Olive Oil: Contains heart-healthy monounsaturated fats and antioxidants that help reduce inflammation, lower bad cholesterol levels, and protect against heart disease.

Lemon Juice: Rich in vitamin C and antioxidants, lemon juice supports a healthy immune system, aids in digestion, and enhances the absorption of iron from plant-based foods.

This dish is a well-rounded, nutrient-dense meal that offers an array of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, supporting overall health and well-being.