Honey mustard chicken salad is a quick meal that is great for the warmer months!
Eating lots of raw, dark leafy greens in salad has become very popular, but it’s important to understand that when you’re eating to support your thyroid, there are certain raw vegetables that are best to avoid.
Goitrogenic and cruciferous vegetables can inhibit the thyroid’s ability to use iodine. Your thyroid has to have iodine to make thyroid hormones, so eating foods that slow down or block this process isn’t a good idea and can contribute to hypothyroidism, goiter, cysts or nodules.
The good news is that cooking reduces the goitrogens, so while it’s a good idea to avoid eating them raw, you can still enjoy them cooked! Boiling is the best way to reduce the goitrogens, and steaming is second-best.
Here is a quick list of raw goitrogenic and cruciferous vegetables to avoid (and only eat cooked):
Here are the greens I recommend using for salads:
Green leaf lettuce
Red leaf lettuce
Little gems lettuce
For further reading on the topic of goitrogens, this article written by Chris Masterjohn, PhD, is a great resource.
The honey mustard dressing can be put together quickly, and I like to keep it in a mason jar throughout the week for a quick dressing or to dip raw vegetables like carrots or celery.
This salad would also taste great with steak or shrimp swapped out for the chicken, or other seeds or vegetables sprinkled on top!Print
Honey Mustard Chicken Salad
- Prep Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
- Cook Time: 10 minutes
- Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
For the marinade:
- 4 chicken breasts
- 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon Celtic Sea Salt
For the honey-mustard:
- 1 cup mayonnaise (I used Sir Kensington’s) – or use egg-free mayo for egg-free option
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 tablespoons raw honey (I used really raw honey)
- 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon raw apple cider vinegar
For the salad:
- Place the chicken in a large baking dish. Whisk together the lemon juice, olive oil, garli,c and sea salt and then pour over the chicken. Marinate at room temperature for 1 hour.
- Heat grill pan over medium heat for 2 minutes. Grill the chicken until cooked through. You can also grill on an outdoor grill. Cool for 10 minutes and then cut into bite-size pieces.
- Place the mayo, olive oil, honey, Dijon, and apple cider vinegar in a blender and blend until smooth. The dressing makes more than needed for just one salad, so store the leftovers in a Mason jar in the fridge. You can use it for other salads or as a dip for vegetables or chicken nuggets.
- Place the lettuce, cherry, tomatoes, avocado, cucumber, pumpkin seeds, and chicken in a large salad bowl and dress with the honey-mustard dressing.