Arugula, Garlic Chicken and Goat Cheese salad with Balsamic Dressing

Salads are not cookies

But still, pretty darn delicious.



Not all salads are tasty though.

And not all salads aren’t cookies.

Erm, what? Of course, salads aren’t cookies. They aren’t supposed to be. The day we start putting leaves and chocolate chips together is the day I give up on humanity.

That being said, what I meant by that is that some salads are SO UNHEALTHY that they’re no better than eating cookies (which is never a bad thing, but, you know, HEALTH). The amount of cream and fat they put in those bottled dressing is horrifying.

Oh and, those “diet dressings”? Notice how diet has the word die in it? Honestly, with the amount of chemicals in those creamy, destructive bottles you might just get a heart attack.



Do not lose faith! It is possible to make healthy eating delicious at home! Honestly, if done right, salads aren’t all that terrible.

They can actually be really, really tasty. So here’s my favorite salad recipe!


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Arugula, Garlic Chicken and Goat Cheese salad with Balsamic Dressing:


For the dressing;

1/4 th cup balsamic vinegar (4 tbsp)

2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1 tbsp honey/pure maple syrup (more if you like it a little sweet. Taste!)

Pinch salt


Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and whisk with a fork to combine.

Set aside.


For the chicken:


1 cup chicken breast, sliced

1-2 large garlic cloves, sliced

1 tbsp olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste


Whack the chicken to flatten it. It cooks faster this way.

Meanwhile, heat a frying pan over moderate heat and add the olive oil. Toss in the garlic till brown and slightly crisp. Now add the chicken and the seasonings. Cook till it’s no longer pink.

Let it cool before adding it to the salad.



For the salad:

4-5 cups of arugula/rocket

¼ – 1/3th cup goat cheese/chevre crumpled (Feta also works nicely)

½ cup sliced cherry tomatoes

½ sliced red and yellow bell pepper each

2-3 tbsp’s or more of sliced olives (green/black/both)

Garlic chicken



Toss everything (apart from the cheese) in a large bowl. Add the dressing, toss again. Add the cheese and serve.





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