You’ll be ready for summer with this zesty, nutrient-rich Strawberry Chicken Salad! A refreshing and light, yet filling, balanced meal!
This is the kind of meal that makes you REALLY excited for Summer food.
It’s light and fresh, but also somehow filling? And loaded with protein and nutrients to make your body FEEL the summer glow from the INSIDE.
Plus, it has this CRAZY delicious homemade strawberry vinaigrette that is the perfect amount sweet, tart and ZESTY.
Guarantee your supper-under-the-sun is gonna include this simple salad quite a few times.
Why you will LOVE This Recipe
When it comes to salads, I get bored easily. I NEED variety and fun, exciting toppings to make my salads interesting because the typical green salad with plain dressing just won’t cut it when it’s ALL YOU EAT. I love a delicious mexican grilled corn salad with jalapeno and avocado or a colorful cabbage salad as a summer side dish. Today’s strawberry chicken salad recipe is going to make you want to hop aboard the salad train, too because it’s so lighty, balanced PERFECTLY with tartness and sweet flavor, and has summer written all over it! It also combines fresh fruits and veggies with protein to nourish your body AND keep you full- you will be SO glad you gave it a try!
Making a fun, fresh and healthy salad doesn’t have to be rocket science and this grilled chicken strawberry salad seriously proves that. Healthy, whole food ingredients are combined to make this salad and you’re going to love the flavor combination and how it all works SO well! We’ve got nutrient dense greens, juicy berries, 2 different sources of healthy protein AND delicious and nutritious fats in this salad. Gang’s all here, am I right?! Here’s what you will need to make it for your crew:
- Strawberry Lime Dressing
- Baby Spinach
- Cooked Chicken Breast
- Red Onion
- Goat Cheese
How to make a Strawberry Chicken Salad
To make yourself a strawberry salad, you’ll need some colorful and delicious whole foods and a few minutes- that’s it! Here’s how to make this salad:
Make the Vinaigrette
Head on over to the vinaigrette recipe and blend it up. The recipe should yield about one cup of salad dressing for your chicken and strawberry salad.
Spread the pecans onto a large cookie sheet. In an oven preheated to 400 degrees Fahrenheit, place the pan in the center and toast the nuts until they are lightly toasted and your kitchen smells nutty and delicious!
Divide the greens amongst 6 salad bowls. Top the spinach with the chopped strawberries, cubed chicken breast, sliced onions, goat cheese and diced avocado. Sprinkle with salt, to taste.
Dress It Up
Drizzle each salad with the vinaigrette and serve. DEVOUR!
Like so many of my recipes, this strawberry chicken salad can be mixed up and altered to suit your dietary needs and/or preferences. Instead of strawberries, you can use raspberries both in the dressing AND the salad itself if you prefer their flavor. You could even use blueberries or blackberries if they are your jam! If you don’t have lime juice or simply want to try something else instead, consider using a balsamic vinaigrette instead.
Can I use a different leafy green?
In all honesty, I found spinach to be the best leafy green for this salad, but other greens should work well too. If you have mixed greens, green leaf lettuce or arugula on hand, give it a try and let me know how your salads turn out!
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- Make the vinaigrette according to the recipe -it should make about 1 cup.
- Toast the pecans in a 400 degree oven until golden and toasted smelling – about 5-7 minutes. Watch them closed so they don't burn.
- Divide the spinach between 6 bowls, followed by the strawberries, chicken, onion, cheese and diced avocado. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt.
- Divide the dressing between each bowl (about 2.5 tbsp per salad)
Tips & Notes:
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