Crunchy beetroot slaw with grilled chicken

Crunchy beetroot slaw with grilled chicken

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Prep: 20 mins Cook: 20 mins


Serves 2
This sweet, earthy salad makes a great healthy accompaniment to chicken or salmon

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal299
  • fat13g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs12g
  • sugars11g
  • fibre11g
  • protein35g
  • salt0.3g


  • 2 skinless chicken breasts, flattened slightly
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

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    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 1 red eating apple, peeled



    Grown in temperate regions, apples are one of the most widely cultivated tree fruits. There are…

  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 raw beetroot, peeled



    A favourite in 1970s British salads (cooked and pickled in vinegar), beetroot is a root…

  • leaves from the beetroot (if you have them), washed



    A favourite in 1970s British salads (cooked and pickled in vinegar), beetroot is a root…

  • handful rocket leaves



    Rocket is a very 'English' leaf, and has been used in salads since Elizabethan times. It…

  • 50g toasted hazelnuts, very roughly chopped



    Grown in Europe and the US, hazelnuts are encased in a smooth, hard brown shell but are most…

  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar


  1. Rub the chicken breast with a little of the olive oil and season with salt and pepper. heat a griddle pan until hot, then griddle the chicken breasts for 6-8 mins on each side until cooked.

  2. While the chicken is cooking, cut the apple into fine matchsticks and toss in the lemon juice. Cut the beetroot into the same-sized matchsticks and set aside. When the chicken is cooked, toss the apple with the beetroot leaves, if using, rocket, hazelnuts, vinegar and the remaining olive oil. At the last minute, toss the beetroot through so it doesn’t bleed colour over all the other ingredients. Serve the chicken with a large pile of the salad alongside.

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2nd Feb, 2015
This is really delicious and very quick to make. I put cajun spice on the chicken to add some more flavour. Will definitely be making again.
8th Nov, 2011
This was a lovely dish we used our own apples and beetroot followed by your choc and beetroot cake yummy
10th Sep, 2009
Really enjoyed this & a great way to use beetroot raw. I added some fennel to the slaw as it was in the fridge, but could just as easily use celery or something similar. I also rubbed my chicken breast with a little morrocan spices before griddling.
7th Jun, 2009
My partner (not usually a salad lover) and I enjoyed this very much...the beetroot was fab! I was short on a couple of ingredients so I used some thinly sliced radish instead of apple, blanched roasted almonds instead of hazelnuts and balsamic instead of red wine vinegar. YUM!
10th Oct, 2008
I somewhat bastardised this dish, adding matchstick carrot and zucchini instead of apple and hazelnut oil instead of hazelnuts - and threw in some feta cheese - even so it was very tasty and went very well with roasted chicken pieces.
9th Oct, 2008
This was a really tasty meal - the apple in the salad was beautifully tart with the lemon juice and a good counter to the earthy beetroot. As a meal on it's own, I didn't think it would be sufficient so I made this with some couscous on the side as well. Lovely flavours and it was great to have something a bit different. I also marindaded the chicken in some piri piri sauce as well so that it would have a bit of extra flavour!
19th Sep, 2008
I made the slaw without the chicken. It was delicious and nice to have a different type of salad accompaniment for a change. I would definitely make again. Lovely flavours and textures. The only problem I did have was I think I put too much lemon juice fault though as I did not measure that part out!!
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