Chicken, Broccoli and Beetroot Salad with Avocado Pesto.
The sun coming out and feeling the Spring vibes makes us want to pack in some more simple salads that pack a punch with taste and nutrition.
Try out our simple but delicious Chicken, Broccoli and Beetroot Salad with Avocado Pesto. Yum!
250g tender stem broccoli
1-2 tsp rapeseed or avocado oil
3 skinless chicken breasts
1 red onion , thinly sliced
100g bag watercress
2 raw beetroots (about 175g), peeled and grated
1 tsp nigella seeds
For the avocado pesto
small pack basil
½ garlic cloves , crushed
25g walnut halves (or pecans) , crumbled
1 tbsp rapeseed oil
juice and zest 1 lemon
STEP 1 Bring a large pan of water to the boil, add the broccoli and cook for 2 mins. Drain, then refresh under cold water. Heat a griddle pan, toss the broccoli in 1⁄2 tsp of the rapeseed oil and griddle for 2-3 mins, turning, until a little charred. Set aside to cool. Brush the chicken with the remaining oil and season. Griddle for 3-4 mins each side or until cooked through. Leave to cool, then slice or shred into chunky pieces.
STEP 2 Next, make the pesto. Pick the leaves from the basil and set aside a handful to top the salad. Put the rest in the small bowl of a food processor. Scoop the flesh from the avocado and add to the food processor with the garlic, walnuts, oil, 1 tbsp lemon juice, 2-3 tbsp cold water and some seasoning. Blitz until smooth, then transfer to a small serving dish. Pour the remaining lemon juice over the sliced onions and leave for a few mins.
STEP 3 Place the watercress onto a large platter. Toss through the broccoli and onion, along with the lemon juice they were soaked in. Top with the beetroot, but don’t mix it in, and the chicken. Scatter over the reserved basil leaves, the lemon zest and nigella seeds, then serve with the avocado pesto.