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Citrus Salad with Chicken and Shaved Vegetables

Cirtus salad with chicken
Citrus Salad with Chicken and Shaved Vegetables

Recipe and photography provided by Heinen’s partner, Chef Billy Parisi. 

Start your New Year off right with this delicious, fresh salad loaded with grapefruit, oranges, almonds, pomegranates and shaved vegetables.

Citrus Salad Greens

After all of the heavy holiday foods, there is nothing I crave more than some fresh greens. It’s as if my body is telling me “you must ingest this immediately.” I am more than happy to oblige in this because clean eating makes me feel so great and full of energy. This salad is packed with nutrients and is very easy to make!

Making Citrus Supremes

When eating salads, I like when the ingredients are easy to eat. Can you imagine getting a big bite of a grapefruit with the seeds and tough inner membrane? You would be chewing for days!

My way around this is to simply peel the citrus then slice in between the membranes giving you the perfect little citrus wedges. This is a great way to serve citrus on a salad.

Sliced Citrus

How to Shave Vegetables

I’m not going to lie, thinly slicing vegetables on a mandolin can be a little scary. A simple workaround is to use your vegetable peeler. After all, you use it to shave the unwanted outside layer of a root vegetable, so why not apply that same technique throughout the entire vegetable?

You can shave anything, and for some reason, it always seems that vegetables take on a completely different flavor when cut or sliced in a unique manner. Just try it and you’ll see.

Peeled Carrots

Adding Protein

I wanted to add some protein to this shaved vegetable and citrus salad and the easiest way I know how to do so is to pan roast chicken on the cooktop.

  • I start by heating up some oil over high heat until it begins to lightly smoke.
  • Next, I add in my seasoned chicken and turn the heat down to medium.
  • Then, I let the chicken cook for 5-7 minutes on each side or until browned and cooked throughout.
  • Finally, it’s time to slice and serve on my salad.

Chicken on Stove Top

Serving the Salad

When it comes to serving salads, I like to fan out all of the ingredients on top so everyone who is enjoying it knows exactly what’s in it and can pick and choose their added toppings. There’s nothing worse than a pre-mixed salad and having a bunch of stuff in it that you can’t stand. In addition, I also think it looks really pretty this way.

Be sure to serve this salad with one of Heinen’s delicious vinaigrettes such as their Red Wine Vinaigrette or their Balsamic Vinaigrette. Here’s to a happier, healthier you in 2020.

Citrus Salad with Chicken and Shaved Vegetables

Serves 4-6


  • 3 6-8 ounce boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 9 ounces Gotham Greens Mixed Medley Greens
  • 2 each supremed green and ruby red grapefruit
  • 2 supremed oranges
  • 2 stalks of celery. thinly shaved
  • 2 peeled carrots, thinly shaved
  • ½ fennel bulb, thinly shaved
  • Seeds of 1 pomegranate
  • ½ cup of raw almonds, halved
  • Your favorite Heinen’s vinaigrette dressing
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Slice your citrus and peel and shave your vegetables. Set aside.
  2. Season the chicken breasts on both sides with salt and pepper.
  3. Add the oil to a medium-size saucepan over high heat.  Once the oil begins to smoke, add in the seasoned chicken breasts and turn the heat down to medium and cook for 5-7 minutes per side or until golden brown and cooked throughout.
  4. Slice the chicken and set aside.
  5.  Place the greens in a large serving bowl and evenly spread out the grapefruit, oranges, celery, carrots, fennel, pomegranate seeds, almonds and sliced chicken over top of the greens.
  6. Serve alongside your favorite Heinen’s vinaigrette.

Citrus Salad with Shaved Carrots and Chciken

Chef Billy Parisi headshot
By Chef Billy Parisi
Chef Billy Parisi is a culinary school grad who spent 15 years in the restaurant industry as a line cook, sous chef and executive chef. Now he develops, photographs and films simple and delicious recipes that will make everyone feel like a chef in their own kitchen.

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