Sometimes we all crave something on the sinful side, but this recipe is something you are going to love and not feel guilty eating.
This healthy chicken salad will become your favorite new recipe that you will want to make over and over again.
In general, the AntiCancer 360 approach doesn’t rely on just one anticancer diet. We choose one of five different diets depending on the case and situation.
So today’s recipe will be ideal for those who want to use a ketogenic diet, and want to maximize the anticancer potential of their ketogenic meals.
The ketogenic diet is high in (healthy) fats, moderate in protein, and low in carbohydrates. It has the potential to limit the growth of tumors and lower inflammation. It can also help protect healthy cells from the damage of both chemotherapy and radiation .
Our creamy and crispy keto chicken salad is very healthy and loaded with tons of nutrients from the fresh ingredients used in this recipe.
The crunch from the walnuts, the slightly sweet and nutty flavor of the jicama, and the spice from the arugula, they all give this salad a wonderful flavor and beautiful texture.
We chose to use avocado oil-based mayonnaise instead of normal mayo to add into the creaminess and goodness of this salad.
We all love yummy, easy and quick recipes that don’t need hours in the kitchen to assemble. So this recipe is perfect for when you have leftover baked chicken.
Another perk of this recipe is that all the magic happens in one bowl. You combine all the ingredients in a medium size bowl, mix them with a spatula and this wholesome chicken salad is ready to be enjoyed. How easy!
Here are some of the great cancer-fighting ingredients that you will find in this delicious and enticing chicken salad:
- Arugula: High amounts of erucin and sulforaphane are found in arugula. These two compounds have been shown in studies to help fight breast cancer cell growth and dissemination . Other researchers have found that sulforaphane can inhibit the enzyme histone deacetylase (HDAC) that is involved in the progression of cancer cells .
- Jicama: Rich in antioxidants such as vitamins C and E, selenium and beta-carotene. Jicama has the potential to neutralize free radicals that can lead to cell damage and cancer. Additionally, jicama contains a prebiotic fiber called inulin. Studies have shown that consuming inulin fiber may protect against colon cancer .
- Leek: Presents a rich source of antioxidants, especially polyphenols and sulfur compounds. These special compounds, protect us from environmental and ingested carcinogens by equipping our antioxidant enzymes, enhancing DNA repair pathways, and having a direct effect on the fundamental identifiers of cancer progression and metastasis .
- Walnuts: Special compounds found in walnuts such as the ellagitannins, melatonin and gamma-tocopherol may each work through different routes to reduce oxidative stress, inflammation, and gene expression that can lead to cancer . Researchers have also identified other biochemicals found in walnuts, such as omega 3 fatty acids, tocopherols, β-sitosterol, and pedunculagin, that have cancer-prevention properties . In a study comparing different nuts and their anticancer effect, walnuts presented the highest total antioxidant activity. The proliferation of HepG2 and Caco-2 cancer cells was significantly inhibited in a dose-dependent pattern after exposure to the extracts of nuts, with walnuts exhibiting the highest antiproliferative activity .
This yummy and super-nutritious salad is easy and quick to make. It has a variety of textures and is also full of flavor.
You can scoop this chicken salad over a bed of salad greens, eat it with your favorite low carb bread, or wrap it in a low carb tortilla.
If you can get all the ingredients in organic form, that would be ideal. But, if not… You should get ingredients like bell peppers in their organic form since they are known to be especially high in toxins if bought in their conventional form .
Creamy and Crispy Keto Chicken Salad With Arugula, Walnuts, and Avocado Mayo
- 1 cup baked chicken shredded
- 1/2 leek finely chopped
- 2 tbsp mayo avocado oil
- 1/4 cup red onion
- 2 tsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp olive oil extra virgin
- 2 tbsp parsley finely chopped
- 2 tbsp walnuts raw, finely chopped
- 1/2 cup jicama chopped
- 2 tbsp red bell pepper finely diced
- 1 cup baby arugula
- In a large mixing bowl add the shredded chicken, diced leek, minced red onion, diced apple, diced red bell pepper, and the baby arugula.
- Add mayo, lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste, walnuts and parsley.
- Mix everything together until combined.
- Serve immediately and enjoy.
Recipe Adapted From: https://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/classic_tuna_salad/
Camila Pierson is a nutritionist who also holds a Master Health Coach Certification through Dr. Sears Wellness Institute. She has 8 years of experience leading lifestyle changes. Her previous work includes being a nutritionist, as well as a trained lifestyle coach for the CDC diabetes prevention program.
Camila is passionate about helping people meet their wellness goals. With her knowledge, she is also able to create delicious and nutritious anticancer recipes at AntiCancer360.