A new year means a time for healthier choices, or in this case, alternatives. This Chicken & Waffle Salad with Maple Dijon Vinaigrette is loaded with all the Southern flavor fan fare, but with a healthier spin. It makes it a great lunch option, and even doubles as a family meal.
Did you make any specific resolutions this New Year? How about set any specific goals for yourself?
That seems to be a pretty standard tradition when the new calendar rolls around. And it’s not all that bad an idea either.
The problem, at least for me, is sticking to those goals. Especially when it comes to my diet, and my ability to cook wholesome meals for the family that we’ll all love (and actually want to eat).
I’ve heard and read about alllllllll the fads, the trends, the diets that ‘work’.
Well, none of them have ever, successfully, worked for me- at least not in the long run.
What I have discovered that does work for me? Adapting some of my favorite comfort foods into a healthier form.
That way I can still satisfy those cravings, get the same flavors, but without a lot of the negatives. Mostly fried bits and those darned carbs. Ain’t gonna lie y’all- I’m not a ‘sweets’ person at all.
Bread, pasta and all that is more my ‘thang’. And I could not (happily) live without them for long.
A good recipe for Chicken & Waffles is a standard Southern staple. Each varies degrees by family, but they all have the same idea at heart- and they’re all smothered in a generous drizzle of maple syrup.
It’s also something I couldn’t live without. Thankfully, with this new idea for Chicken & Waffle Salad with Maple Dijon Vinaigrette, I’ll never have to.
Seriously, I can’t even imagine that life.
It wasn’t that long ago though that I wouldn’t have been able to imagine adding ‘greens’ to my beloved chicken & waffles either. It wasn’t a healthy dish. That word wouldn’t have touched it with a 10 foot pole!
Still, one’s got to get with the times. So get with them we did. Taking out the fried bits, and adding a bed of leafy greens. Chicken & Waffle Salad with Maple Dijon Vinaigrette delivers all the flavors you need and love, without the oils, trans fats, and a quarter of the carbs.
Quick & easy, this meal can be ready in a flash- making a great lunch or dinner.
Chicken & Waffle Salad with Maple Dijon Vinaigrette features tender chunks of ‘fried’ chicken (actually baked) & crisp waffle ‘croutons’ over a bed of mixed spring greens, topped off with a heavenly drizzle of an absolutely divine maple dijon vinaigrette.
Chicken & Waffle Salad with Maple Dijon Vinaigrette
For The Waffle Croutons
- 4 frozen waffles
- 2 tbsp melted butter
For The Maple Dijon Vinaigrette
- 1/3 cup oil
- 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
- 3 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tbsp vinegar
- salt & pepper, to taste
For The Salad
- 4-5 baked, breaded chicken tenders- cut into bite sized pieces
- spring mix greens
To Make The Waffle Croutons
- Using sharp kitchen shears, cut your waffles into bite-sized pieces. Spread them out onto a baking sheet. Drizzle them with the melted butter & toss to coat. Spread out again and bake at 350 degrees, for 7-10 minutes, until toasted and golden brown.
To Make The Vinaigrette
- In a large bowl, add all of the ingredients. Using a whisk, whip all of the ingredients together until they're evenly incorporated.
To Make The Salad
- On a serving platter, or in a large bowl, make a bed of greens. Add the chicken pieces and waffle croutons to it. Drizzle with the vinaigrette. Toss, if desired, to evenly coat.