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Cajun Chicken Salad

This spiced chicken salad with kale, avocado, orange, and pomegranate makes a perfect lunch or a light dinner. Healthy and nutritious!
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time40 minutes
Course: entree, lunch, Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken salad, citrus salad
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 452kcal
Author: Jovita | Yummy Addiction


For the Cajun chicken:

  • 1 lb. (450g) chicken breasts
  • 1/2 tablespoon avocado oil
  • 2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning

For the dressing:

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • sea salt and black pepper , to taste
  • 1/2 clove garlic , minced

For the salad:

  • 1 bunch kale , destemmed and roughly chopped
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil , for massaging kale
  • 1 avocado , peeled and cubed
  • 1 orange , peeled and chopped (I used ½ orange and ½ grapefruit)
  • 1/4 cup pecans , toasted and chopped
  • 1/4 cup red onions , thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds


The Cajun chicken.

  • Preheat the oven to 425°F (220°C).
  • Drizzle the avocado oil all over chicken breasts. Sprinkle the Cajun seasoning on the chicken and rub to coat. Bake for 25-35 (depending on the size of the chicken) minutes until the chicken is golden brown or internal temperature reaches 165°F (75°C) on an instant read thermometer.
  • Remove from the oven, cover and let rest for 5 minutes before slicing.

The dressing.

  • Whisk all the ingredients for the dressing together in a small bowl. Set aside.

The salad.

  • In a large bowl, add the kale and massage it with the olive oil until tender. Add the avocado, orange, pecans, red onions, and pomegranate seeds. Drizzle with the dressing and toss gently.
  • Slice the chicken breasts into strips and arrange on top of the salad.



Inspired by Real and Vibrant


Calories: 452kcal | Carbohydrates: 19.2g | Protein: 28.2g | Fat: 30.5g | Cholesterol: 82.7mg | Sodium: 94.7mg | Sugar: 11.2g