Healthy Habits With Tara Gaede: Fennel Seasoned Potato Salad with Chicken, Egg, Sun-Dried Tomato & Shallots
Though I take pride in making healthy whole food meals for my family, I still love the taste of decadence. Potato salad is an indulgence, often loaded with mayonnaise and lacking nutritional value. My take on this BBQ favourite is not only decadent, it’s loaded with protein, made with clean ingredients, and it’s filling enough to be eaten as a meal instead of a side dish.
- 1 cup sliced shallots
- 3 large garlic cloves, minced
- 2 cups quartered baby redskin potatoes
- 4 eggs, hardboiled and sliced
- 2 medium to large sized chicken breasts
- 1/3 cup green onions
- 2 tbsp flat leaf parsley, chopped
- 1/2 cup sun-dried tomato
- 1 tbsp fennel seed
- 3/4 greek yogurt
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp whole grain dijon
- Juice of 1/2 lemon
- A bit of lemon zest
- 1/2 tbsp fennel fronds (the gee, grass-like pieces on top of fennel bunch)
- Sea salt and pepper to taste
Start by baking your chicken breasts.
While they’re baking, spray a non-stick skillet with olive oil cooking spray. Add potatoes. Saute for 2 minutes, then add shallots and garlic. When potatoes start to brown, add fennel seeds to the pan, to toast. Just shake the pan while cooking, instead of stirring. This way, the shallots will brown very nicely, giving your salad a robust flavour.
In a large bowl, combine chopped egg, green onion, parsley and sun-dried tomato, along with cooked potatoes and chopped chicken breast.
In a separate bowl, whisk together greek yogurt, olive oil, whole grain dijon, lemon juice, lemon zest and fennel fronds. Season with sea salt and pepper and add to salad mixture. Stir to coat. Serve warm or chilled.
About the Author: Hi, I’m Tara Gaede, and I’ve been cooking and eating with a whole foods approach since my first pregnancy in 2009. Up until then, I never gave a second thought as to the crap I was putting in my body; fast food, pre-packaged snacks, ready-made sauces and dressings, etc. One day, it hit me; I’m building my baby on added sugars, sodium, chemicals and trans fats. So, after discovering the clean eating concept, I emptied my fridge and cupboards, and started fresh…literally. I’ve now built a lifestyle based on the perimeter of the grocery store; produce, proteins and whole grains. As a result of wanting what was best for my unborn baby, I ended up losing all of my baby weight and more. Not to mention, the whites of my eyes are brighter, my hair is healthier, and I just feel better in general. I’m a firm believer that if you make the switch to whole foods, your life will change without having to ‘diet’, count calories or live with the guilt of “cheating” when you decide to have that once-in-a-while treat.