I’m rather embarrassed dear readers, on how easy this recipe really is. You don’t have to tell anyone you used a bag of pre-sliced organic broccoli slaw, I certainly won’t say a word. Some of you may even ignore my subtle attempt at getting you to whisk up your own balsamic vinaigrette in order to avoid all those synthetic food additives like sulfits, HFCS, MSG, disodium phosphate, EDTA and GMO soy & canola oils. I know you’re busy multi-tasking, looking after the kids and reporting to your daily place of work. For heaven’s sake we all can’t be Martha, Giada or even Rachel…do I need to provide last names?
Yes, some commercially produced vinaigrettes and salad dressings are better than others. And if you’re going to be stubborn about it, I do like Organicville dressings, and Annie’s Organic dressings. Be careful and read the labels, not all of Annie’s products are organic, or dairy-free. They also use the “N” word . No not that N word, here it means “Natural” and don’t get me started about the term natural when used in conjunction with Front of Package labeling.
Well since we’re talking about it, the word “Natural”, in the world of food labeling has no defined definition, meaning your highly processed, highly refined grain, vegetable, fruit, beverage or meat bi-product (pink slime) can use it even if the end product contains GMO’s, undisclosed natural flavorings, enhanced food coloring, antibiotic or ammonia residue and perfume. What, you didn’t know there was orange perfume in your “100% All Natural” orange juice? Well, now you do and that’s another story. Many food manufactures continue to use “the most over used word” to describe their food products because, dear reader, they know you don’t understand that it’s undefined. What we as consumers do understand is that we like the word natural very much and so food manufactures use the “N” word so you feel good about your food purchase. By the way, the FDA does actually have a loose standard for the term Natural:
What is the meaning of ‘natural’ on the label of food?
From a food science perspective, it is difficult to define a food product that is ‘natural’ because the food has probably been processed and is no longer the product of the earth. That said, FDA has not developed a definition for use of the term natural or its derivatives. However, the agency has not objected to the use of the term if the food does not contain added color, artificial flavors, or synthetic substances.
Have a question about food transparency for the FDA? Ask here: FDA
Here’s what you’re going to need for this recipe:
- 1 12oz Bag of Organic Broccoli Slaw
- 1 Organic chicken breast, grilled, sliced
- 1 Organic tomato wedged into sections
- 1 Bell pepper, sliced
- 3 Tbs sliced almonds
- Empty the bag of broccoli slaw in a large bowl
- Slice the grilled chicken breast into ½" pieces and arrange along the sides of the bowl or over the slaw.
- Wedge the tomato and place around the edges of the bowl or on top of the slaw.
- Slice the bell pepper into strips and arrange over salad.
- Sprinkle with sliced almonds (optional)
- Dress with the easy vinaigrette dressing in recipe below.
Easy Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing
- 1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1/4 cup Balsamic Vinegar
- 1 Tbs. Rice vinegar
- 1 fresh minced garlic clove
- 1/2 tsp basil
- 1/2 tsp thyme
- salt and pepper to taste