Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Paleo Mayo-Free Chicken Salad

The kids and I are lucky to live across our town park, which features a lake, playgrounds, pool, playing courts and beautiful trails. We love to have a picnic over there on the last nights of school, and tonight the weather will be absolutely perfect for the event.

I usually make some sort of salad with lots of components that we can all pick at, and this one couldn't be easier or tastier! Almond butter makes a rather unconventional binder for chicken salad, but by including sweet elements like dried cranberries and apple it really works. I included walnuts and celery for crunch.

We enjoyed our salad wrapped in iceberg lettuce leaves. My kids usually have trouble eating lettuce wraps, as everything falls out. Added bonus? The stickiness of the honey and nut butter actually helped hold everything together and make them easier to eat!

The amounts are mostly approximate, as it really depends on your preference. If you don't do nuts, you can always use sunflower seed butter.
 Paleo Mayo-Free Chicken Salad

1 cup chopped chicken
1/4 green apple, chopped small
large handful blueberries
small handful chopped raw walnuts
3 chopped celery stalks
1 tbs. dried, juice-sweetened cranberries
2 tsp honey
3 tbs. raw almond butter
salt, to taste
Romaine lettuce leaves, for serving

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Wrap in lettuce leaves for serving.

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