Whole30 approved protein salad with chicken | insimoneskitchen.com

Simple yet delicious protein salad with chicken and fennel

Looks good huh? We’re now almost a week into the whole30 and I’m feeling good. I don’t suffer too much from withdrawal symptoms except maybe a little bit tired in the morning but actually less than it used to be. After having slept rather poorly for the last 8 months, it is an immense relief that I sleep so much better now! It’s weird maybe but it works every single time. I just love the whole30.. 🙂 And after 6 days my pants are becoming looser already even though we have certainly not eaten less than before. We eat really good, delicious meals. The only issue – as always – as that breakfast. I actually tried eating this salad you see here as part of the breakfast with fried eggs, but the combination didn’t work at all.

Protein salad with chicken whole30 approved | insimoneskitchen.com

And eggs just get boring so I need to come up with something else. For next week I am planning to pre-make a couple of little chicken hamburgers or something like that so I can make a meal around those, rather than the eggs. I can freeze them so that should work. Let’s see if we can eat a week worth of breakfasts without eggs. Quite a challenge on the whole30 but I think we should be able to manage! There are a couple of other options  saw that looked delicious but so far all involve banana and Tom does not like banana… So that is not a good option unless I am alone.

He wasn’t too happy when I started another whole30 but now is he glad I did, as he is feeling much better and losing weight rapidly too. And that was necessary as his beer belly started to have a life of it’s own.. 🙂 Hahaha…

And again – as always – I am seriously contemplating keeping the diet like this. It makes me feel too good to be ignored. I know there are lots of people who now think I am crazy for leaving out entire food groups but there really is a good science behind it and I can highly recommend you read the book ‘It starts with food’ to get a better idea of how it all works. That’s not to say I will never eat sugar or a sandwich again, don’t get me wrong. But I can easily follow this meal plan for the majority of the time and if there is a special occasion or I baked a really fabulous cake… it’s not a problem to have a slice. In the end it all comes down to balance and what you put in your mouth. But this is the only way of eating that helps me feel rather amazing, so that has got to count for something. I’m tired of being tired so to speak.

Anyway, we still have 24 days to go, so I might sing a very different tune once those days are over.. Lol… (like NEVER again!!! I think I have said that once as well…)

In the meantime you can enjoy this delicious protein salad with chicken and lot’s of veggies!

Whole30 approved chicken salad with fennel | insimoneskitchen.com

Whole30 approved chicken and fennel salad

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Prep time 10 minutes
Cooking time 10 minutes
Total time 20 minutes

2 -3 people


  • 350 gram chicken filet
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 fennel thinly sliced and shortly baked in coconut oil
  • 2 sticks of celery
  • 1 apple
  • 4 tbsp of mayo
  • 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar

  • You can bake the chicken or cook it. I like to cook mine for about 10 minutes in boiling salted water and than pull the meat apart, so you get a pulled chicken (have you noticed that everything seems to be ‘pulled’ these days??
  • Slice the bell pepper and the celery in thin pieces and clean and cut the apple. Mix all ingredients together and dress with mayonaise and apple cider vinegar.
  • Add salt and pepper where needed.


The nutritional values above are calculated per portion. The details are based on standard nutritional tables and do not constitute a professional nutritional advice.

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  • Want to know more about the whole30? Read this post where I explain what it did for me the last time.
  • Or go to the whole30 website for more ins and outs
  • All whole30 recipes you can find here

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Simone van den Berg

Food blogger from the Netherlands. Loves good food. Likes to create healthy and easy recipes for daily use, but also loves the occasional sweet dish. Lives in the Netherlands with her two cats; Humphrey and Buffy. Profession: Food photographer, food blogger, recipe developer and nutritionist