Last updated on January 17th, 2021 at 12:32 pm
This is a super delicious easy fall chicken salad recipe with roasted pumpkin or sweet potatoes and a bunch of other ingredients! No matter the season, this is a great healthy salad that you can enjoy and put on your list of favorite lunch ideas. (Also if you don’t have such a list, make one!)
Easy & Healthy Fall Chicken Salad
I know, I know it’s not fall anymore, don’t point and laugh pretentiously. Pretentiousness won’t get you anywhere. Sure, it’s hard to believe when you see my vitamin D blood results, but I don’t live in a basement with no access to sunlight or a calendar. I’m totally aware this is out of season and unacceptable. But it’s healthy and delicious and can be made during any season of life or year! And let’s clarify: you’re not getting a salad that is 3-month old. I made it last week, specifically 3 times last week. Because, pumpkin. One time I made it with sweet potato though and I loved it a bit more.
I’ve been envisioning and dreaming about this since the day my dad brought the last pumpkin from his backyard in December. Wow, another pumpkin! Thanks, dad. That’s exactly what I need. Another huge thing to sit on my counter for weeks until it gets moldy and starts carving itself. Has never happened and my kitchen counters are always clean, beautiful and disinfected with chlorine.
Ingredients: Everything In Your Fridge
Now, look at the salad. What do you see? I see one olive, something orange, some chicken, some lettuce, some feta cheese, a pepper, some scallions…I couldn’t decide whether this looked appetizing or as if someone already ate it and left some for you. You know how sometimes people offer you a bite of their food and you feel like life is punishing you for something. For example, at dinner with your family? No thanks, I don’t want to eat saliva. Instead, I will collect it and send it to a DNA testing lab, so that they can tell you where your genes come from and steal your genome to make super humanoids. It’s called karma for offering me half-eaten food.
What I had in my fridge for this salad was:
- rotisserie chicken
- roasted pumpkin or sweet potato (I liked the potato better)
- lemon juice of
- feta cheese
- fresh green pepper
- roasted red peppers
- green onions
How To Make This Fall Chicken Salad
Making this fall chicken salad is super easy:
- Put all ingredients into a big bowl
- Serve immediately
Maybe take a picture after you eat a little bit.
I just remembered, one time, many years ago, pre-hunchback and blog, when I was young and social, we had a girl’s night out and one of my friends got really hungry. Then she got half a gyros for free. I’m learning this is called manifesting, but I’m not sure how it worked, because she hadn’t made a vision board or written it down in her pocket journal. I guess that’s why it’s called the secret. What wouldn’t you give to have me tell that story again? Staying home for long periods of time has improved my story-telling skills.
Oh, there’s the salad again. Here, have my lunch leftovers. Does it look like that? To be fair, I hadn’t planned to make pictures, so I probably had eaten some of it already. But what can you do? This was the third day in a row I was making it, so I decided it’s probably worth sharing.
- 1 cup rotisserie chicken
- 2 cups lettuce, chopped
- 1 cup cabbage, chopped
- ⅓ cup pumpkin (or sweet potato), roasted
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- ½ lemon, juice of
- ½ avocado, chopped
- ½ cup olives
- 2 tbsp feta cheese, crumbled
- 1 green pepper, chopped
- 1 red roasted pepper
- 2 green onions, chopped
- 1 tsp olive oil
- salt and black pepper
- Prepare all your ingredients - wash and chop your vegetables, chop the chicken and if you don't have: chop a pumpkin or a sweet potato and roast it in the oven. I did not add anything to mine - just some salt, oil and a little bit of water. It was ready in around 20 minutes.
- Add all ingredients to a large bowl and mix together.
- Serve immediately!
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 435Total Fat: 25gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 117mgSodium: 1037mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 9gSugar: 6gProtein: 37g
I really hope you enjoy this salad, it’s currently one of my favorite ways to get some more fresh vegetables into my diet.
Also, to finish the story about my hungry friend on a drunken night out: We met a stranger on the street who was eating gyros, he offered her a bite and she actually ate it. Thought it was funny and super gross at the same time. Improve story telling skills – Check!