Family Hike and Healthy Chicken, Orange and Kale Salad

This Healthy Chicken, Orange and Kale Salad is perfect for lunch or dinner, any time of year!

Healthy Chicken, Orange and Kale Salad
Last week, while the boys were still home from college, we spent one day hiking Pilot Rock, outside of Ashland, Oregon, not too far from the beautiful Mt. Ashland Ski Resort. Studies show that *Fathers now want more of a connection with kids and home life, and that requires putting in the time. I’m happy to say that our kids have had this kind of a father since the day they were born. He’s the driving force in getting our family into the outdoors on a regular basis. Not only does he value family time, he’s a great example to our family why we need this time away; the benefits of the how nature brings us all together. For this, I am eternally grateful.

Pilot Rock, Ashland, Oregon

Coming home off the mountain left our family of 5 starving and wanting a healthy dinner. STAT.

Mom, What’s for dinner?

Healthy Chicken, Orange and Kale Salad

Do you ever panic when you hear those words? LOL I’ve learned to be prepared, and since we’re all on a semi-health kick this New Year (meaning not hard core, but reaching for as much healthy food as we can), I’m glad I had these key ingredients on hand:

-Bag of organic kale greens.

-Fresh produce: Cara Cara oranges, fresh raspberries, red onion.

-Rotisserie chicken.

-Nuts and cheese: pecans and feta cheese.

Healthy Chicken, Orange and Kale Salad

I whipped up a giant kale salad, adding the dressing, and massaging it into the leaves, then letting the salad sit for 30 minutes.

Put a loaf of frozen bread in the oven.

Dinner was made!

Healthy Chicken, Orange and Kale Salad

Here’s the beauty about a salad like this, though, if you don’t have the ingredients. You can stop at any grocery store and pick up those items in less than 15 minutes!

Another tips that helps you be prepared when making salads is that you can freeze feta cheese. It changes the texture a bit, but it’s great for salads!

How to freeze feta cheese:
Taking the fresh cheese, place it in an airtight freezer container or Ziploc bag, seal and label. Freeze up to 45 days. After defrosting, use on salads or cooked dishes.

Healthy Chicken, Orange and Kale Salad

We reflected on our hike.

Such beauty on a clear, somewhat warm day (for January).

Pilot Rock, Ashland, Oregon

The clouds were amazing.

Succulents growing up on top.

Thankful to be together.

Every day is a gift.

I’m happy our family loves kale now, because we grow it in our garden (a lot of it!) and use it for salads (Baby Kale Salad and Pomegranate Kale Salad), Kale Chips, and also put it in our smoothies.

The salad is fantastic to serve to guests, too.

I always love entertaining when I know I’m putting good, healthy food into our guests’ mouths. And I think they love it, too.

What’s your favorite combination with kale for a salad?

Healthy Chicken, Orange and Kale Salad

Chicken, Orange and Kale Salad Recipe

Yield: 6 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Delicious made with sweet Cara Cara oranges.

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 cups Rotisserie chicken, pulled and chopped
  • 1 10 oz. bag kale, washed and chopped
  • 2 seedless oranges, sliced
  • 3/4 cup feta chese
  • 1 cup fresh raspberries
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 1 cup spicy pecans (or toasted)
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoons honey
  • 1 teaspoons salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup olive oil

Directions:

  1. Mix the vinegar, lemon juice, honey, salt, and pepper. Gradually blend in the oil, whisking thoroughly.
  2. Place the kale and onion in a large bowl. Add the dressing, setting aside 3 Tablespoons, massaging it into the leaves. Allow to sit for 30 minutes.
  3. Place the kale mixture on a large platter adding the chopped chicken, orange slices, fresh raspberries, feta cheese and nuts.
  4. Drizzle the remaining dressing on top; toss to serve.

Recipe from Real Simple Magazine January 2014

We bought the Cara Cara oranges from Costco. You can read more about them, here.

   

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15 Responses to “Family Hike and Healthy Chicken, Orange and Kale Salad”

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    Anna @ Garnish with Lemon — January 6, 2014 @ 9:04 am

    The color of those oranges is gorgeous! And I’m totally envious of your outdoor hike as I stare out the window at our frozen Minnesota tundra. Looking forward to stretching our legs together as a family when the weather warms up here later in the week.

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    jamie levine — January 6, 2014 @ 9:55 am

    What a gorgeous backdrop! Love the colors in this salad. I’m sure everyone was glowing by the end of the day.

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    Jan Udlock — January 6, 2014 @ 10:25 am

    Hi Sandy,

    I loved your entire blog today! I need to add feta to my salads.

    What type of frozen bread did you use? We use frozen bread dough every Friday for pizzas but wanted to know what you’re using.

    Your blog is beautiful!
    Jan

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    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — January 6, 2014 @ 10:50 am

    What a beautiful salad! And I loved seeing all of your pictures of your hike with the fam! How fun!

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    Mary — January 6, 2014 @ 1:05 pm

    Hi Sandy!

    You were right…I love this post! The pictures of your home state are gorgeous…and love the salad! I was just telling Ted last night that I want to start a habit of having a salad at lunch most weekdays. You are helping me make my plan easy! :-)

    Happy New Year to you and your family!

    Much love,
    Mary

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    Tieghan — January 6, 2014 @ 9:46 pm

    Your hike looks like so much fun! I hike pretty much everyday, so I love seeing these photos!!

    The salad is gorgeous and I love the flavors!

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    Shaina — January 7, 2014 @ 8:08 am

    Such a gorgeous salad, Sandy!

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    Lori @ RecipeGirl — January 7, 2014 @ 8:23 am

    I love that your family is so close and does so many neat things together! Your salad looks perfect.

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    Megan {Country Cleaver} — January 7, 2014 @ 9:54 am

    This is a gorgeous salad for a post-hike lunch! What a great hike, so beautiful!

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    Kirstin — January 7, 2014 @ 11:17 am

    Great post. I usually use kale in soups and smoothies, or kale chips…I’m not a fan of the taste/texture of it. I need to try the baby kale, it seems “softer”. But often we will do a large salad for dinner..loaded with chopped veggies, etc..

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    katie — January 7, 2014 @ 4:47 pm

    mmm this salad sounds great. I never think to use kale in the salad form only cooked. I love the idea of freezing feta. I had no idea you could do that. doh!

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    Deborah — January 9, 2014 @ 7:58 am

    What a fun hike!! And the colors in that salad are just amazing!!

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