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!
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.
Coming home off the mountain left our family of 5 starving and wanting a healthy dinner. STAT.
Mom, What’s for dinner?
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.
-Nuts and cheese: pecans and feta cheese.
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!
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.
We reflected on our hike.
Such beauty on a clear, somewhat warm day (for January).
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?
Get the Recipe:
Chicken, Orange and Kale Salad Recipe
- 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
- Mix the vinegar, lemon juice, honey, salt, and pepper. Gradually blend in the oil, whisking thoroughly.
- 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.
- Place the kale mixture on a large platter adding the chopped chicken, orange slices, fresh raspberries, feta cheese and nuts.
- Drizzle the remaining dressing on top; toss to serve.
We bought the Cara Cara oranges from Costco. You can read more about them, here.
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What a fun hike!! And the colors in that salad are just amazing!!
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!
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..
This is a gorgeous salad for a post-hike lunch! What a great hike, so beautiful!
I love that your family is so close and does so many neat things together! Your salad looks perfect.
Such a gorgeous salad, Sandy!
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!
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!
What a beautiful salad! And I loved seeing all of your pictures of your hike with the fam! How fun!
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!
Hi, Jan. I buy the whole wheat from Costco in their bakery section, and freeze it. Here’s a post, and happy New Year, Jan!
What a gorgeous backdrop! Love the colors in this salad. I’m sure everyone was glowing by the end of the day.
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.