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The balanced lunchbox

The balanced lunchbox

Here’s a delicious way to balance your body: forgo expensive takeaway lunches for this healthy, easy DIY lunchbox salad, courtesy of health and exercise guru, Louise Parker.

Herby Chicken, Peach and Feta Salad

I love this sweet and salty combination. Simply one of my favourite summer salads, this also works well with barbecued chicken, nectarines or fresh figs. Go heavy on the herbs for extra zing.

2 ripe peaches, halved and stoned
½ tablespoon olive oil
200g (7oz) cooked chicken,
small handful of mint leaves,
small handful of basil leaves,
2 tablespoons chopped chives
75g (2¾oz) pea shoots
75g (2¾oz) feta, crumbled
50g (½ cup) walnuts, chopped

1 teaspoon wholegrain mustard
1½ tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
finely grated zest of 1 lime
juice of ½ lime

Heat a griddle pan over high heat.

Brush the peaches with the oil and griddle, cut side down, until lovely and charred.

Meanwhile, mix the dressing ingredients together in a large bowl and toss in the chicken, herbs and pea shoots.

Serve the chicken mixture topped with the luscious griddled peaches, the feta and walnuts.

Louise  Parker: The 6 Week Programme by  Louise  Parker, Mitchell Beazley, £20 (

Louise Parker; @louiseparkermethod

Photography credits:

Louise Hagger and Chris Terry


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