This arugula salad with chicken and black beans is a five-ingredient meal that rivals even the fanciest salad bars.
The trick to putting together a quick, healthy salad at home is to stock your fridge with ready-to-go toppings, such as lean proteins, fruits and veggies. Special add-ins like nuts, seeds and croutons can be stored in glass jars in your pantry. That way you can always see what you have on hand.
When you have a pantry stocked with good-for-you ingredients, it makes it a lot easier to choose a healthy meal when the “hangry” hits. And this salad is exactly one of those meals that can be thrown together in minutes.
A bag of pre-washed arugula means you can skip the step of washing and spinning the greens. All you’ll need to do is give the fresh veggies a quick chop, add the chicken and beans.
This arugula salad recipe calls for pre-cooked chicken breast, which you can prepare however you’d like.
For the most time savings, we recommend investing time at the start of the week to batch-prep your proteins. Simply roast chicken breasts in the oven, and you’ll have some on hand to use in a variety of recipes throughout the week.
Arugula Salad with Chicken and Black Beans
Chicken and black beans add protein and fiber, and avocado adds healthy fats to make this arugula salad with chicken a satisfying meal for lunch or dinner.
- 1½ cups fresh arugula
- 4 oz cooked chicken breast boneless, skinless, sliced
- 1/2 cup canned black beans
- ¼ cup chopped tomato
- ¼ medium avocado chopped
Place arugula in a medium serving bowl.
Add chicken, beans, tomato, and avocado; toss gently to blend.
Top with your favorite dressing and enjoy!
Nutritional Information does not including dressing.
The Nutrition Facts box below provides estimated nutritional information for this recipe.
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A great lunch option. Replace black beans with more veggies for dinner.
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Photos and recipe by Amanda Mexiner.