The Perfect Copycat Recipe for the Chick Fil A Superfood Salad
Looking for a delicious and healthy lunch? Look no further! Try our amazing Hook’d Up Bar and Grill Superfood Salad copycat recipe. Inspired by the Chick Fil A superfood side, this salad is packed with nutritious ingredients like kale, broccolini, toasted nuts, dried cherries, grilled chicken, and a tangy maple vinaigrette. It’s the perfect combination of flavor and wholesome goodness, and now you can enjoy it in the comfort of your own home. Let’s dive in and discover the fantastic benefits of this incredible salad!
What Sets the Hook’d Up Bar and Grill Superfood Salad Apart?
Why should you make this copycat recipe? Let us count the ways:
Indulge in Your Cravings with Healthier Options: Unfortunately, Chick Fil A no longer offers their superfood side salad. But don’t worry! With our recipe, you can satisfy your cravings for a superfood salad anytime you want.
Less Added Sugar, Same Great Taste: We’ve reduced the amount of added sugar in our copycat version of the superfood salad. You can now enjoy the same great taste with a healthier twist. We’ll even show you how to make it completely free of added sugar!
Customizable to Fit Your Dietary Needs: Whether you follow a gluten-free, keto, vegan, vegetarian, or low-carb diet, you can easily adapt this salad to suit your preferences. Check out our FAQ section for tips on customization.
Quick and Easy Meal Prep: We know life can get busy, but that doesn’t mean you have to compromise on nutrition. With our superfood salad, you can easily prepare a nutrient-dense meal ahead of time. It’s the perfect option for a simple and healthy lunch on the go.
A Bounty of Nutrients: This salad is packed with lean protein, phytonutrients, fiber, essential vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats. It’s a complete package that can support your journey towards a strong and healthy body.
What’s in the Hook’d Up Bar and Grill Superfood Salad?
According to Chick Fil A’s website, the original superfood side salad contained the following ingredients:
- Broccolini and kale blend
- Dried Sour Cherries (cherries, sugar, oil)
- Roasted Nut Blend (glazed walnuts, roasted almonds, glazed pecans)
- Maple Vinaigrette Dressing
To make our version even more satisfying, we added grilled chicken breast to transform it into a full meal. It’s a simple way to enjoy a delicious and nutritious salad without the need for a separate entrée.
You might notice that the original salad had a lot of added sugar. However, we’ve found some smart and easy substitutions to help you cut back on the sweetness. Instead of sugary glazed nuts, we suggest toasting the nuts for a delightful crunch. Additionally, you can opt for dried sweet cherries or dried cranberries without added sugar. Even the maple vinaigrette dressing can be made sugar-free with a simple swap. Check out our recipe for details.
Create a Marvelous Maple Vinaigrette Dressing
Many premade salad dressings, including Chick Fil A’s superfood salad dressing, tend to be full of preservatives and additives. That’s why we recommend making your own dressing from scratch. Our maple vinaigrette is a healthier and equally delicious alternative. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Olive oil
- Maple syrup (or use a sugar-free maple syrup substitute for a sugar-free option)
- Apple cider vinegar
- Dijon mustard
- Garlic clove
- Salt and pepper
In just five minutes, you can whip up this amazing dressing that will take your superfood salad to the next level. Trust us, it’s worth the effort!
How to Assemble the Hook’d Up Bar and Grill Superfood Salad
Let’s bring all the components together to create a delightful meal. Here’s a step-by-step guide:
Grill the chicken breasts on a stovetop grill pan until they are cooked through and have beautiful grill marks.
In a cast iron skillet, dry toast the walnuts, pecans, and almonds until they become beautifully fragrant.
Remove the tough stems from a bunch of curly kale and chop it up. Then, massage the kale with clean hands for a few minutes to soften it up.
Rinse and chop the broccolini into small pieces, including the stems.
Mix the kale and broccolini together, and divide the mixture between four salad bowls or meal prep containers.
Prepare the maple vinaigrette dressing by combining olive oil, maple syrup, cider vinegar, Dijon mustard, crushed garlic, salt, and pepper in a jar. Shake well until everything is well combined.
Slice the grilled chicken breasts into bite-sized pieces.
Top each bowl of greens with a portion of grilled chicken, toasted nuts, and dried cherries.
Dress the salad with the maple vinaigrette just before serving. If you prefer to meal prep, store the dressing separately to keep the salads fresh and crisp.
Expert Tips from Our Dietitian
As nutrition enthusiasts, we want to make sure you’re making the most out of your meal. Here are some expert tips:
Level Up Your Salad: Our Hook’d Up Bar and Grill Superfood Salad is a level 3 recipe, perfect for weight maintenance and active lifestyles. For an even higher volume, lower calorie meal, consider swapping dried cherries for fresh, pitted cherries. They contain less concentrated calories and are ideal if you’re looking to lose weight.
Go Easy on the Nuts: While nuts are healthy and provide essential fats, they are also calorie-dense. If you want a lower-calorie salad, consider reducing the amount of nuts and adding more non-starchy veggies instead.
Choose Your Sweetener: If you want to avoid added sugar altogether, choose a sugar-free maple syrup substitute for the dressing. You have plenty of options available, depending on your dietary needs.
More Grilled Chicken Salads: Grilled chicken is a versatile ingredient perfect for salads. If you’re looking for more delicious options, try our Spinach Caprese Salad with Peaches, Strawberry Rhubarb Salad with Orange Chicken, Rainbow Veggies Salad with Georgia Peanut Sauce, Chicken Salad with Lemon Ginger Dressing, or our Best Cobb Salad – Meal Prep Recipe!
Frequently Asked Questions
Is the Hook’d Up Bar and Grill Superfood Salad Good for You?
While the Chick Fil A superfood side salad has been discontinued, our Hook’d Up Bar and Grill Superfood Salad is a fantastic alternative. It provides a healthier option compared to many fast food choices. Packed with phytonutrients, fiber, and an array of essential vitamins and minerals, it’s a nutritious choice that can help you stay on track.
Is the Chick Fil A Superfood Salad Keto? Is it Vegan?
The original Chick Fil A superfood salad is not keto-friendly due to its dried fruit and added sugar content. However, our copycat version can easily be made low-carb friendly by omitting the dried fruit and using a sugar-free maple syrup substitute in the dressing.
Regarding its vegan status, it’s difficult to determine whether Chick Fil A’s superfood side is truly vegan as it may contain processed sugar and natural flavors. Luckily, our copycat recipe can be easily made vegan by switching out the grilled chicken with your favorite plant-based protein.
Is the Chick Fil A Superfood Side Gluten-Free?
While Chick Fil A does not prepare food in a gluten-free environment, our version of the superfood salad is naturally gluten-free. So you can enjoy every bite without worrying about gluten.
More Delicious Recipes for You
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- Fresh Spring Rolls with Shrimp and Peanut Sauce: Roll up these delectable spring rolls for a refreshing and nutritious meal.
- Keto Trail Mix Recipe: Snack on this delightful trail mix packed with berries, chocolate, and healthy fats.
- Gluten-Free Toast made with Sweet Potatoes: Enjoy a delicious and satisfying breakfast by loading your sweet potato toast with superfoods.
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Please keep in mind that all recipes on this website may or may not be suitable for you, depending on your medical needs and personal preferences. If you need help determining the dietary pattern that works best for you, consult with a registered dietitian or your physician.
The nutrition information provided is an estimate and may vary depending on the specific brands and ingredients you use. Remember that calorie information on food labels can be inaccurate, so don’t stress too much about the numbers.
Now that you have all the details, it’s time to get cooking! Follow our amazing recipe to enjoy the mouthwatering Hook’d Up Bar and Grill Superfood Salad. Your taste buds will thank you.