I’ve come a long way in the 8 years I’ve had this blog. Before I couldn’t even stand the thought of salads and now I’m sharing them on a regular basis. Salads use to be a trigger word for me because they just reminded me of my starving-myself days. But now I just think of them as bowls filled with tons of fresh, delicious vegetables. No need to diet. Just eat. And after traveling through the Bahamas and eating salads almost every day for lunch, I’m feeling inspired to create even more!

PaleOMG Honey Mustard Crispy Chicken Salad

PaleOMG Honey Mustard Crispy Chicken Salad

As I try to type out this post, I keep getting distracted with some online shopping. Our trip to Bali is just around the corner which means it’s sneaking up hella fast. I’m on the hunt for dresses that don’t need me to wear a real bra. It’s Bali, who wants to wear a real bra there?? I really can’t believe it’s already August, which means it will be the end of August in 22 minutes. Time is stressing me out. But I feel parents must be jumping for joy now that it’s back to school. I forget what children are like since I’m never really around them, but while I was in Cabo I saw children playing from 8am and going strong until 10pm. How do parents do it? I would be so freaking tired.

PaleOMG Honey Mustard Crispy Chicken Salad

The whole topic of having children still seems to come up in my life. But my mind hasn’t changed. My womb is quite happy with a vacant sign on it. And have you guys watched the show ‘Working Moms’ on Netflix? It’s the freaking best. Or have you watched ‘The Let Down’ on Netflix? I just started it and it’s pretty damn funny. Yet oh so depressing at the same time. I told my hair stylist the other day that those shows make me even more scared to have children. And she said, “Oh, I would have never had children if I saw those shows first.” I feel like so many comedy shows about motherhood are coming out and they’re telling the real story about being a mom and scares the tits out of me!! Can I just remind you moms out there that you’re all saints and I bow down to you!!

PaleOMG Honey Mustard Crispy Chicken Salad

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Honey Mustard Crispy Chicken Salad

  • Author: juli
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 1x



For the salad

  • 14 ounces romaine heart leaves
  • 1 bundle watercress greens, cut from the stems
  • 12 ounces cherry tomatoes
  • 3 ounces prosciutto
  • 1 green apple, thinly sliced
  • 1 avocado, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons dairy-free soft herb cheese**

For the honey mustard dressing

  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon old style grain mustard
  • pinch of salt and pepper


  1. Preheat air fryer to 400 degrees F. While air fryer preheats, pat chicken thighs dry and sprinkle with salt on all sides. Once preheated, add chicken thighs to wire basket leaving room between each chicken thigh to help cook evenly throughout. Cook at 400 degrees F and for 20 minutes. Once time is up and chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F, let rest for a couple minutes, then top with pepper.
  2. While the chicken is cooking, make the salad. Layer it however you like – romaine hearts, watercress, cherry tomatoes, prosciutto slices, green apple, avocado, red onion, then the soft herb cheese.
  3. Finish it all off by make this dressing – place all ingredients for the dressing in a jar, close, then shake until combined.
  4. Top the chicken on the salad then pour the dressing over top before serving!


*You can remove the bone if you prefer, this will cut down the cooking time

**I used Treeline cashew milk soft herb cheese

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PaleOMG Honey Mustard Crispy Chicken Salad

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  1. KariVery says:

    I love Workin’ Moms!!!

    Ya, having raised two boys 3 years apart, it was pretty harrowing sometimes. I’m sure though, that even if I had the head’s up on what a nightmare it could be, I wouldn’t have listened…. I really wanted kids… then after they were here I thought what the hell have I done to myself??? When will I get my life back???? Now that they’re out of the house though I feel so good about being a mom and raising two wonderful men and all the shit and pain-in-the-ass of it feels worth it.

    1. juli says:

      that’s amazing Kari!!

  2. Amanda says:

    I just got back from Bali, had an amazing time at the Hilton Bali in Nusa Dua. I had such incredible meals at the gorgeous restaurants on the property and took a Balinese cooking class as well there. Loads of healthy options down there!

    1. juli says:

      that’s what i hear!! so excited to experience it!

  3. Taryn says:

    We went to Bali for our honeymoon and it was the absolute best! The temples are amazing, the beaches beautiful , and the people are SO nice. Get a delicious seafood dinner on the sand in Jimbaran! Hope you have so much fun.

    I only have one kid, and she is only a year old (and I am privileged to have a great support system) , but I would say I think some of those shows are a bit over the top. Yes it is hard, and yes it is tiring, but there is a lot of good, and at least for now, I still get some moments to myself and still feel like me if that makes sense.

    1. juli says:

      woooohoooo i’m so excited to go! my friend is already in Bali and said it’s fantastic out there. it’s going to be so fun!

  4. Sapna says:

    I tried this recipe last night and it was amazing!! Thank you, Juli 🙂

    1. juli says:

      glad you liked it Sapna!