Nothing says summer like the perfect salad!
Hey friend! This salad is the brain child of having to eat leafy greens per my baby doctor. I have had low iron levels most of my pregnancy so I was instructed to eat more greens. I was taking an over the counter iron supplement and even that wasn’t doing the trick. (She promised me she would never make me eat liver. Phew!) So leafy greens and a script for more iron it is!
At the time this salad was born I had eaten salads full of spinach for 3 days. I needed something NEW and of course delicious. Plus, quick. Because, duh. I’m pregnant and hungry all.the.time.
And mine was extra fast because I had leftover chicken to add to the salad. Yessss. If you don’t have leftover chicken, no big deal. Just add about 10 extra minutes to this salad and you are set. If you are REALLY hangry (like me), you can even omit the chicken and still have a deliciously healthy and totally iron-y meal.
Oh the iron-y. Giggle.
I also saved time because I used store bought dressing. Gasp! A food blogger using store bought ingredients. The horrrrror. Yup. I used Hidden Valley cilantro lime ranch to top of this chicken fajita salad. And oh my gosh – best decision ever. (And if you want a homemade version, try this one!)
I go back to my baby doctor next week and she is going to test my iron levels again. I am hoping with the addition of iron rich foods and the new iron supplement that they are back up. I will report back once I talk to her so you can see how iron-y I am. (Giggle.)
Chicken fajita salad
- 1 onion, sliced
- 1 bell pepper, sliced
- 2 tablespoons of butter
- 1 clove of garlic
- 1 avocado, diced
- 1 cup of tomatoes, washed and dried
- 1 large chicken breast, cooked and sliced
- 2-3 cups of spinach or mixed leafy greens
- queso fresco for topping
- salad dressing of choice (I used cilantro lime)
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Julia Dawn Mason says
If you use a cast iron skillet to cook meats in, your iron levels will start coming back up. When I was pregnant with my children, I never had to take extra iron because I used cast iron skillets to cook with. Congratulations on the new baby coming.
Ohhh what a good idea! I have a cast iron skillet. I think I’ll start using it for everything now! Thanks Julia!
I agree with you that I would rather eat greens than liver…yuck! I laughed when you talked about buying dressing. It’s so not you, but sometimes you have to do things easy and simple….lol!! Hopefully, your iron levels are up!!
I would LOVE to make my own salad dressing.. but being 9 months pregnant and TIRED, it’s out the door. LOL. I’m hoping my iron is up as well! I should find out this week! 🙂