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This Chicken and Asparagus Salad with Caramelized Onion Dressing is not only made with all gut friendly foods but it’s delicious and filling. You will love the shredded rotisserie chicken, the fresh tomatoes, seared asparagus, bright green onions, crunchy pistachios, and salty feta cheese – topped with my simple, healthy caramelized onion dressing, you’ll be devouring this salad. It’s great for your gut and tastes amazing. You know I love a great flavorful salad! (See my other salad recipes here.)
I love salads that combine a couple of cooked items with fresh ingredients – the warm veggies and meat with the chilled lettuce and other crisp vegetables really makes a salad feel hearty and filling. It makes it feel like a meal rather than a side. The seared asparagus in this salad really makes the dish – it’s warm and flavorful and goes really well with the chicken, tomatoes, feta, green onions, and sweet caramelized onion dressing.
After struggling with some gut health issues for the past year, I got a gut biome test with my doctor (this is the one I used through my doctor, and she helped me go over each of the results). I actually thought Biohm did a great job with making the test easy (not sponsored! just a great process) and my results were processed quickly – if you do the test, be sure the go over the results with your doctor.
After getting the results and scoring poor gut health (some of the issues are genetic, some linked to my anti-anxiety medicine), I’ve started on a regimen with my doctor to get as many gut-friendly foods into my system as possible (in addition to lots of gut health supplements she gave me). I haven’t created a specific food plan yet, but for the time being I’m staying away from all flours and sugars, and trying to eat from the most gut-friendly and anti-inflammatory foods. Soon I’ll be creating a list of all those for you. I’ve been doing a lot of research every day about the best gut health foods, and I’m starting to compile them in categories.
All of the ingredients in this salad, including the dressing, are completely gut-friendly and help with your gut biome diversity. (Here is a list of all the ingredients: arugula, chicken breast, tomatoes, asparagus, feta cheese, pistachios, green onions, extra virgin olive oil, yellow onions)
Chicken and Asparagus Salad with Caramelized Onion Dressing
This Chicken and Asparagus Salad with Caramelized Onion Dressing is not only made with all gut friendly foods but it's delicious and filling. You will love the shredded rotisserie chicken, the fresh tomatoes, seared asparagus, crunchy pistachios, and salty feta cheese – topped with my simple, healthy caramelized onion dressing, you'll be devouring this salad. It's great for your gut and tastes amazing.
- 1 container (5 oz.) arugula (about 6-7 cups)
- 2-3 cups rotisserie chicken meat, shredded or diced (I like the Costco ones best)
- 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
- 1 pound asparagus (trim off top half and cut into 1-inch sections)
- 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
- 1/4 cup salted pistachios, chopped
- 3 green onions, diced
- salt and pepper to taste
- extra virgin olive oil, for cooking asparagus
Caramelized Onion Dressing
- 3 yellow onions, sliced
- 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 2 cups water
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
Caramelized Onion Dressing
Start by making the dressing. (It will take 25-30 minutes to cook down the onions so plan accordingly.)
Begin by heating 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil in a nonstick saute pan over medium-high heat.
Add sliced onions and mix to coat with oil. Cover pot cook 4 minutes until slightly soft.
Add 2 cups of water and cover. Then cook down for 25 minutes, or until onions are very soft. If water cooks off, add a little more.
Once onions are very soft, remove lid and turn heat to high. Saute for 5-6 more minutes until onions become a little darker or charred.
Remove from heat.
Add onions to a high-powered blended with extra virgin olive oil, apple cider vinegar, onion powder, and salt.
Blend until smooth. You can add a liittle water if you want it thinner. You can use it right away on the salad or chill until serving. Store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks in an airtight container or jar.
Begin by pan-searing the asparagus. I like to use the pan I used for the onions, to keep clean up easier.
In a nonstick pan set to medium-high heat, add 1-2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil. Add 1-inch pieces of asparagus and cook for 3-4 minutes on each side until slightly charred.
Once asparagus is cooked, remove from heat and lightly salt. Set aside.
Begin assembling salad by placing all the arugula in a large salad bowl. Then add the pieces of rotisserie chicken.
Next add the dressing (I like to coat these ingredients first). Toss to combine until well mixed.
Then top with tomatoes, asparagus, pistachios, green onions, and feta cheese. Add a little more dressing on top if desired, and then finish with a little salt and pepper.
If you need to make and pack this salad ahead of time, it stores great without the arugula. Just mix up all the ingredients in an airtight container. You can add the arugula just before you eat. Enjoy!
I really hope – especially if you’re trying to improve your gut health – that you get a chance to make this delicious Chicken and Asparagus Salad with Caramelized Onion Dressing – if you do, be sure to send photos tag me @plumstreetcollective on Instagram. Thanks for reading!