Bursting with fresh greens, fruits, and veggies, this paleo Copy-Cat Chick-fil-A Market Fresh Salad is a wonderful at-home option for salad lovers who need to stay away from sugars, dairy, and other unnecessary ingredients.
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Spring greens on the brain.
Ever since the weather began warming up (no matter how minuscule the ‘warming up’ may be), salads have been calling me. Thankfully, since being on the GAPS diet for just over a year now, I’ve been able to add salads back into my menu. Pre-GAPS, I was sadly quite sensitive to lettuce. That’s one of the amazing things about GAPS, it heals!
But back to the the greens. With spring comes the abundance of lettuces. My friend’s garden is bursting with all sorts of varieties, and she’s always happy to share. Garden-fresh salads, here I come!
Other than my friend’s backyard garden, Chick-fil-A is one of my favorite places to go to get a nice salad. Actually, a salad is all I can eat there. And even then, I have to ask for half the salad ingredients to be left off, it seems.
One of the hazards of food intolerances and sensitivities, I suppose.
While I love their Market Salad, it sadly contains quite a few ingredients that aren’t safe for people with sensitive and/or healing guts.
Their grilled chicken seasoning might be gluten-free, but it contains soybean oil, yeast extract, modified corn starch, corn maltodextrin, natural flavoring, sugar, cane molasses, dextrose, and xanthan gum. And then there’s the blue cheese, which is impossible to pick off if you forget to ask for it to be removed.
Thankfully the grain and sugar-filled granola and nut mixture comes separately!
Chick-Fil-A Market Salad.
If you’re like me, and love the idea of a salad filled with fresh berries, apples, and nuts (and grilled chicken), but can’t handle all of Chick-fil-A’s ingredients, I have good news for you: This paleo copycat Chick-Fil-A Market Salad is pretty easy to make at home. And even better, it tastes just as delicious, if not more, when you make it yourself!
Funny how that seems to be true with most things. 😉
A delicious topping.
If you need a delicious and easy dressing to go on your copycat Chick-Fil-A Market Salad, try my version of their Zesty Apple Cider Vinaigrette! Instead of topping your salad with things like soybean oil, sugar, xanthan gum, and calcium disodium EDTA, you can just use simple healthy ingredients.
If you happen to have leftover grilled chicken on hand, that tastes delicious on top, too. But with all the fresh fruits and veggies, this salad totally doesn’t need chicken, making it a great option for vegans, as well (just leave off the vinaigrette if you’re vegan)!
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Paleo Copy-Cat Chick-fil-A Market Salad
Free from gluten, grain, eggs, dairy and sugar.
- baby spinach
- romaine lettuce
- red leaf lettuce
- red cabbage, shredded or thinly sliced (you only need a little of this)
- 1 large carrot, shredded
- 1 green apple
- 1 red apple
- walnuts, chopped
- almonds, chopped
- leftover grilled organic chicken
Place all ingredients in large bowl and toss.
Top with leftover grilled chicken and Easy Apple Cider Vinaigrette Dressing (recipe below), if desired).
The amount of fruit and nuts you need will vary based on how much salad you’re making.
Not a very good photo, I know, but my “real” camera died just when I added the chicken. Figures, doesn’t it? So you’re stuck with a phone photo of the chicken part of the paleo Copy-Cat Chick-fil-A Market Fresh Salad. 😉
Easy Apple Cider Vinaigrette
Free from gluten, grain, eggs, dairy and refined sugar.
- 1/4 c. organic apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 c. water
- 1 t. minced garlic
- 2 T. honey (raw is best!)
Combine all ingredients in a jar and shake well.
Keep leftovers in the fridge.
Like this Copycat Chick-Fil-A Market Salad? Here are some other salads and veggie sides you might enjoy!