Chicken is one of the healthiest meats we can eat, as it brings many benefits to our body, being rich in a wide variety of nutrients. However, the balance between healthy and tasty may be easily lost when we add a side dish that comes loaded with fat and that, whether we like it or not, might defeat the purpose of trying to have a healthy diet. That’s why we decided to gather five of our favorite side salads that will help us complement any chicken meal we have in an easy and healthy way.
Whenever we are looking for an easy to make and healthy salad to have as a side dish for our chicken meal, we can’t avoid thinking about dilled cucumber and tomato salad. It is a fast and fresh alternative that requires ingredients we might already have in our fridge or garden. Besides, its zesty vinegar mixture makes it the perfect complement for any chicken meal you want.
Just because you are having chicken with a side of salad, it doesn’t mean that you can’t add any more meat to the mix. If you are tired of the classic creamy potato salad we all know, try having a tangy potato salad with bacon instead. This will add more protein to your meal while reinventing a classic and sometimes boring recipe. Don’t forget to add garlic and honey-mustard vinaigrette to make this salad tangy.
If you are looking for a really refreshing salad that will make hot summer days more bearable but that won’t take too long to prepare, you should consider having a watermelon and cucumber feta salad. This is a very delicious and simple salad that can be prepared in less than 30 minutes, and it doesn’t need much preparation, since all you need is salty feta cheese, fresh cucumber, and sweet watermelon. If you still want to add more flavor, don’t be afraid to throw in some blueberries or strawberries, too.
One of our favorite salads to serve as a side with any chicken dish is a creamy cucumber salad since it is both delicious and nutritious. Besides, it is so convenient as it only takes 15 minutes to prepare, and you can take care of it while you are cooking the chicken. Instead of using sour cream, go for Greek yogurt to make a light and healthy creamy dressing.
Opting for a roasted vegetable salad will give us a light and refreshing alternative that will allow us to enjoy our favorite greens and enjoy a rich mix of different flavors at the same time. The secret to get the most delicious results is tossing the vegetables in a dill vinaigrette and mixing everything with fresh green onions and tomatoes. This fresh alternative to the classic creamy potato salad will complement all our chicken meals any day of the week.