Day 192: Maple Roasted Pumpkin Chicken Mason Jar Salad



    

Maple Roasted Pumpkin Chicken Mason Jar Salad
    
Day One Hundred and Ninety Two (28.11.2012)
Yield: 2 or 3 pints (4 - 6 cups)
Recipe Source: Super Food Ideas Magazine, September 2008 (page 50)
     
Today is day 3 of 5 mason jar salads, with one of my favourites that I found the recipe for back when I was at university. Layered in a jar, you can prepare several of these a few days ahead for a quick lunch break. The sweetness of the maple syrup combined with the walnut and apple cider vinegar makes a refreshing salad that you are going to love!
         
Ingredients:
800g butternut pumpkin
1 tablespoon oil
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1/2 cup walnut pieces
500g (1lb) skinless chicken breast
spices (optional)
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 teaspoons maple syrup
1 teaspoon wholegrain mustard
lettuce, sliced (or baby spinach leaves)
tomatoes, diced
    

Cook pumpkin and walnuts.
Peel and dice butternut pumpkin into 1/2inch (1cm) cubes, place into a bowl. Drizzle with 1tbsp oil + 2tbsp maple syrup. Stir to combine. Spread pumpkin onto a lined baking tray in a single layer. Bake in 200'C oven for 25 minutes or until tender, adding 1/2 cup walnut pieces in the last 5 minutes.
   
Cook chicken.
Cut chicken breast into slices (or leave whole if you wish). Cook in a frying pan on medium-high heat until cooked through, adding a sprinkle of spices if you wish (I usually add paprika, parsley, garlic and onion to mine). Cool for a few minutes, then slice.
   
Make dressing.
Shake in jar to combine: 2tbsp olive oil + 2tbsp apple cider vinegar + 2tsp maple syrup + 1tsp wholegrain mustard.
   
Assemble salad.
Pack into pint (450ml) mason jars, starting from the bottom with the dressing and finishing with the walnuts at the top:
Dressing (bottom/base)
Lettuce/baby spinach
Tomato
Pumpkin
Chicken
Walnuts (top/rim)
    
Serve.
Place lid onto jar, shake gently to distribute dressing throughout salad. Eat straight from the jar or pour contents into a bowl to serve.
     
Enjoy!
    
Variation: substitute the walnut pieces for pine nuts or any other type of nut you wish.

    
   
FIVE DAYS OF MASON JAR SALADS:
# 1 - Cobb Mason Jar Salad
# 2 - Ham Egg Spinach Mason Jar Salad
# 3 - Maple Roasted Pumpkin Chicken Mason Jar Salad
# 4 - Caesar Mason Jar Salad
# 5 -  


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