This Pittsburgh chicken salad recipe will change the way you think about salads. A salad usually has a lot of greens, other vegetables, and more often than not, protein.
Pittsburgh chicken salad, however, features a food item you never thought would make its way into a salad: French fries. Let’s see how these ingredients work together to make a healthy salad.
Is This Pittsburgh Chicken Salad Recipe Healthy?
Yes, this Pittsburgh chicken salad is healthy. This may surprise you, but this layered salad with chicken and French fries can be a part of a healthy diet.
There are 232 calories, 2.7 g of saturated fat, and 57.2 mg of cholesterol in each serving of this salad. These are reasonable numbers considering there are high-calorie items like cheese, French fries, and mayonnaise in this salad.
Thanks to the chicken, this salad also contains 16 g of lean protein, which promotes muscle health and can contribute to weight loss.
The vegetables in this recipe include lettuce, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions, and potatoes. They provide you with fiber and antioxidants, which supports heart, skin, and digestive health.
For the chicken
We use skinless and boneless chicken breast as it is the leanest cut of chicken. The seasoning contains olive oil, paprika, pepper, salt, and garlic powder.
For the salad
The vegetable lineup consists of cucumber, cherry tomatoes, red onions, romaine lettuce, and potatoes. The latter is made into French fries, which is the signature twist of a Pittsburgh salad.
Cheddar cheese is never a bad choice for a chicken salad, as its sharp flavors complement the chicken nicely.
For the dressing
We choose a simple but creamy dressing for this salad. Mayonnaise, milk, Greek yogurt, and garlic powder make a dressing compatible with chicken and fries.
Sprinkle some parsley to add some color and herby flavors to this already stacked salad.
What Else Can You Add to This Salad?
Adding more vegetables never hurts. Some of our favorites are carrots, radishes, and celery.
You can also substitute the ingredients in the salad. For the vegetables, you can experiment and use ones with similar tastes and textures.
In Pittsburgh, this salad is called steak salad so beef or even salmon are some protein alternatives.
If you’re looking for new flavors, replace cheddar cheese with blue or pimento cheese.
The dressing is also customizable. There are renditions of this salad that feature Buffalo sauce or ranch dressing.
What to Serve With
Pittsburgh chicken salad can be a standalone dish, considering the diversity of its ingredients. It makes a great dish to start your day with or an excellent option for a picnic.
This salad also goes very well with pasta or rice for a full meal.
How to Store and Reheat the Leftovers
The salad, including the French fries, should last for 3-4 days in the fridge. Transfer the leftover salad to an airtight container and refrigerate.
We don’t recommend freezing salad because the high-water content of the ingredients can turn them mushy.
Cooked chicken breast should stay fresh in the fridge for 3-4 days, same as the salad. Store the chicken in a separate airtight container. You can also freeze chicken for up to 4 months in airtight containers or heavy-duty freezer bags.
You can reheat chicken using the microwave, oven, air-fryer, or skillet. Add a little water while reheating to prevent the chicken from drying, this isn’t applicable for air-fryers.
Awesome Salads Featuring Grilled Meats
In just 20 minutes you can make a flavorful salad with shiny, sticky chunks of chicken that is our BBQ chicken salad. The BBQ sauce is our homemade version, made to suit a salad so that everything is balanced in taste.
We adore the idea of a salad mix: a convenient bag of greens that saves us from having to go through various types of lettuce. We made this grilled chicken salad with one by simply making a balsamic dressing, grill some chicken, chop it up, and toss everything together. The grapes, however, were a nice addition that adds an addictive juiciness.
Tuyet Pham is an award-winning Saigonese chef who believes that joy is the secret ingredient to delicious food. At Healthy Recipes 101, Tuyet personally tests and simplifies every recipe, ensuring maximum flavor with minimal effort. With a background at prestigious French restaurants P’TI Saigon and Le Corto, Tuyet knows how to make every dish exceptional.
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