Sometimes, simple ingredients can have the biggest impact! Try a gut-friendly twist on the traditional chicken salad, full of important vitamins and minerals for the body. Perfect for a hearty lunch or alfresco summer dining with the family, our recipe is full of monounsaturated fatty acids, contains polyphenols from the extra virgin olive oil, hemp hearts and vegetables – and is a great source of important prebiotic fibre!

Delicious and easy to prepare – it’s a great mealtime choice for supporting your gut health. Try a double portion too for a party-ready salad dish!

Warm Lemon Chicken Salad – Serves 2


  • 2 chicken breasts 
  • 30g watercress 
  • 1 courgette (green or yellow – or half of each) and spiralizer to create ‘zoodles’
  • 1 tsp sea salt 
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar 
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • Hemp hearts and pink peppercorns to finish
  • 100ml of extra virgin olive oil
  • Around 30 toasted pistachios


  1. Prepare the chicken marinade by mixing olive oil, oregano, apple cider vinegar and salt together
  2. Marinade the chicken for at least 1 hour. This can be done overnight!
  3. Create your zoodles with a spiralizer. If you don’t have one to hand, you can simply shave the courgette lengthways using a peeler
  4. Grill chicken for 20min, ensuring it’s cooked all the way through. It should have a lovely golden brown colour 
  5. Steam the zoodles for 4 minutes and mix with the watercress. The cress should wilt and soften a little
  6. Drizzle more extra virgin olive oil and a squeeze of lemon
  7. Finish with a scattering of hemp hearts, pistachios, and zesty peppercorns. Serve and enjoy!

Why is this good for the gut?

Courgette is naturally high in fibre – a great nutrient for gut health. In addition, it contains many important vitamins, such as B6, C and K. Pistachios are another great source of fibre and are believed to help nourish the good gut bacteria that support the body. As a lean protein, chicken tends to be kinder on digestive health than high-fat red meats.

Recipe developed by @lets_eat_better_together

Meet Navneeta Gough (@lets_eat_better_together), a mother of two young children who is passionate about using the power of food to make positive health changes. She embarked on her own wellness journey and found that supporting good gut bacteria is the key. Navneeta has transformed her health and wellbeing through diet prompted by her experience with Irritable Bowel Syndrome and lost an impressive 5 stone in just two years. We’ve partnered with Navneeta to develop a range of nutritious ‘gut-friendly’ recipes for you to try! As well as trying out Navneeta’s gut-friendly recipe yourself, why not visit her Instagram account and follow her journey?


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