Dinner and a Movie

by Ally Harding, 5:00 AM
Theo's been eating a lot healthier this week to make up for all the crap we ate this past weekend. I'm trying to follow suit and decided to make this Rainbow Salad with Honey Peanut Dressing for dinner last night.  We had everything on hand so it made it even easier. The original recipe is made with almond butter but we only had peanut butter so I used that instead. After making the dressing I was worried the peanut butter would over power the salad but it didn't at all. It all blended in well together. Definitely will be making this salad again. I like to call it figure friendly and husband approved.

{Rainbow Salad with Honey Peanut Dressing}
adapted from pinchofyum.com
2-4 servings


8 oz boneless skinless chicken breasts
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon chili powder
2 cups of grape tomatoes, cut into halves
1 cup blueberries, I used frozen and allowed them to thaw before use
3 cups of spring mix lettuce, chopped
1/2 cup feta cheese
1/2 cup almonds, chopped
1 cup chopped cucumber 
1 avocado, sliced 

3 tablespoons of peanut butter
1 tablespoon of olive oil
2 tablespoons of orange juice
3 tablespoons of water
1 tablespoon of stoneground mustard
1/2 tablespoon of honey
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder


Preheat oven to 375 degrees. 
Sprinkle the chicken with salt, pepper and chili powder on each side. Place chicken in a baking dish and bake for 25 minutes.
Cut and prep all vegetables and fruits. 
Once chicken is done baking, either cut into bite sized pieces if you prefer warm chicken on your salad or wait for the chicken to cool and then cut it.
Place the salad ingredients in a large bowl, saving the avocado till the end.
For the dressing, puree all the dressing ingredients in a food processor till smooth. I used my hand blender. Taste and adjust to your preference. We ended up adding in a tad more OJ thinking it was a bit too much peanut butter flavor.
Add the cut up chicken to the salad, pour on the dressing and toss until well mixed.
Add the avocado after mixing the salad or you'll end up with mushy avocado.

And viola! A beautiful, healthy, delicious salad!


I realize this movie isn't new but if you haven't ever seen 500 Days of Summer before you need to. It's such a cute, funny movie and Zooey Deschanel and JGL have such great chemistry. The music in the movie is awesome too. I never buy movies on DVD and this was one I bought as soon as it came out. We've been watching New Girl lately so I've been on a bit of Zooey kick.

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  1. yum! that salad looks tasty! and i love that movie! i have such a crush on JGL! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

  2. Yummy!

    ~Ashley @ A Cute Angle
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  3. That salad looks so good, pretty colors too! I've never seen 500 Days of Summer, I'll need to check it out :)

  4. I've really been getting my brain back into healthy eating mode. I was bad this winter, and I know bikini weather is nearly upon us so I've been trying to get back into shape! This salad sounds delicious, I will give it a try. And I absolutely love 500 Days Of Summer...such a good movie.

  5. Love the looks of that salad! I've been on such a salad kick too but my husband needs bread on the side to help fill him up!

  6. That salad looks so good!! I'm intrigued by the dressing. And yes, that is a CUTE movie!

  7. I have a recipe that uses peanut butter in the sauce and it is so good. Hmmmm that reminds me I haven't made it in a while. Anything that is man approved is a winner in my house lol ;-)

  8. Yummy salad. Bet soy not butter would be disgusting as a PB/almond replacement so I'll have to work on the dressing (poor Trey and his allergies). Love some Zoey but we still haven't seen that movie!

  9. We are going to Florida in a couple weeks so I should probably start eating healthier! This dressing sounds interesting. Love 500 Days of Summer but I thought the ending was kind of sad!

  10. Love 500 days of summer- that's where my Zooey D girl crush started! That salad sounds so good- I need to add that to our menu

  11. That salad looks amazing! I could eat salad for the rest of my life. I've never seen that movie but reading the comment above and now knowing Zooey Deschanel is in it I need to track it down stat. Love her!

  12. That salad looks delish! Its always so much easier for me to get back on a healthy kick when my husband is on board and motivated too! We are trying to do the same after our trip!

  13. OK I CANT WAIT TO MAKE THIS SALAD!!! It's going down this week. It has everything I love in it! I might add some other fruits and possibly some almonds/cashews too just for fun. I'll let you know how it goes. Thanks for sharing!

  14. Definitely putting this salad on my list of thinigs to make! Sounds so yummy! Thanks for sharing!

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