Cancer-Fighting Recipe: Chicken and Pear Salad with Mint Dressing

This light and refreshing salad delivers more than a serving of fruits and vegetables it also provides cancer and cold fighting properties too. One pear provides ¼ of the recommended daily value of fiber per day, which can help protect against colorectal cancer.

Honey acts as a prebiotic in the large intestine which supports gastrointestinal health as well as aids calcium absorption. Last but not least, mint and cinnamon contain anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties making this the perfect side to ward off colds.

Chicken and Pear Salad with Mint

Chicken and Pear Salad with Mint Dressing

Salad Ingredients

  • 3 firm ripe pears, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • Juice of ½ of a lemon
  • 2 cups of cooked chicken breast, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 cucumber, peeled, sliced thin and coarsely chopped
  • 4 tbsp, red onion, finely chopped

Dressing Ingredients

  • ¼ cup white vinegar or white wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 to 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/3 cup minced fresh mint
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 4 large lettuce leaves

Directions

1. Drizzle fresh cubed pears with lemon juice. In a large mixing bowl combine pears, chicken, cucumber, and onion and set aside

2. Blend vinegar, lemon juice, honey, mint, salt and pepper in food processor/blender until smooth

3. Pour dressing over salad and toss gently to coat all the ingredients. To serve, re-toss gently, sprinkle with cinnamon and arrange on plates with beds of lettuce

Serves 4

Per serving: 260 calories, 6 g total fat (<1 g saturated fat), 31 g carbohydrate, 23 g protein, 5 g dietary fiber, 131 mg sodium.

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