Smoked Chicken Salad

There is a new deli in Kinsale called Bia – its a gourmet food store and is selling all sorts of yummy ingredients – from oils to spices and gluten free and wheat free foods. One thing it does stock is the Ummera range – I bought their smoked chicken and had it for lunch.

I also bought a butternut squash so decided to make a quick salad in 15 mins – perfect for a healthy meal. Remember it doesn’t have to take loads of time to prepare a fresh meal. I did have these lentils left over from last night’s dinner – do try to always make extra when making a meal and storing it away in the fridge for the next meal.

Butternut squash is perfect for healthy living and is packed with Vitamin A (protecting you against viral infections and eye health) and a good source of manganese and Vitamin C

Serves 4 for a light lunch or 2 for a main dinner

Smoked Chicken and Butternut Salad

Smoked Chicken and Butternut Salad


  • 1 Butternut squash
  • 1/2 Ummera Smoked chicken
  • 2 cup of lentils
  • 3 good sprigs of mint- de stalked and chopped
  • 1 inch of root ginger - grated
  • 50 ml Extra virgin olive oil
  • Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper


  1. You can use tinned lentils or dried lentils (or left overs). If you are using tinned, drain 2 cups and wash well. If you are using dried, wash 1 cup of lentils well and place in double the amount of water (in the water, add 1/2 teaspoon of ground cumin and 1/2 teaspoon of ground coriander). Bring to boil and simmer for 20-30 mins.
  2. Peel the butternut squash with a potato peeler and chop into small 1/2 inch cubes. Place in a steamer and steam for 10-15 mins.
  3. Slice the smoked chicken thinly.
  4. Make the dressing by mixing the mint, ginger and salt and pepper with the olive oil.
  5. Mix the butternut squash, lentils (they are still a little warm) and dressing and place chicken on top.
  6. Wheat free, gluten free, sugar free, dairy free



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