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Grilled Chicken Salad with Strawberries

Buying seasonal produce is always a good idea. Not only will you get top quality, super-fresh fruits and veggies to make all the best salad recipes, but you will be supporting your local farmers. In some regions the strawberry season comes late, not until June, but you can usually get Californian strawberries from April, so they should not have too far to travel.

Aromatic strawberries are amazing in the following chicken salad recipe, and the slight bitterness from the spinach contrasts well with their sweet flavor. You can make this in smaller bowls or toss it together in one big bowl, serving the dressing on the side. Another tempting idea is to top it with blackened or grilled salmon, instead of using the chicken. That is up to you. The spinach and strawberry base is just as good with chicken or salmon.

This recipe is made in three stages. You need to prepare the strawberry and spinach mixture, you need to grill the chicken, and you also need to make the dressing. Make the dressing first, because that can stay in the refrigerator until you need it, then make the salad while the grill heats up. When the chicken is done, you can immediately slice it and top the salad with it, then pour the dressing over the top and serve it while it is still nice and warm.

Grilled Chicken and Spinach Salad
Summary: This healthy salad has it all - juicy chicken, sweet strawberries, nutritious spinach, crunchy nuts, and an orange dressing made with honey, orange, mustard and more.
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Cuisine: American
Recipe type: Salad
Serves: 4
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Ingredients
  • 4 chicken breast halves
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • ¾ cup walnuts or pecans
  • ½ pint sliced strawberries
  • 7 cups baby spinach
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
For the Orange Dressing:
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons flax seed oil
  • Dash of hot sauce
Instructions
  1. Add the dressing ingredients to a large jar, seal tightly and shake until well mixed.
  2. Chill the dressing until required, or for at least 20 minutes.
  3. Wash and dry the spinach leaves and tear any larger ones into smaller pieces.
  4. Layer the spinach in the bottom of a large bowl and arrange the nuts and strawberries on top.
  5. Rub oil over the chicken, then season with salt and black pepper.
  6. Cook on a medium-hot grill for 12 minutes or until done, turning halfway through.
  7. Slice the chicken and add it to the salad, then pour the dressing over the top.

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This colorful dish is really simple to make and it is a nice way of serving grilled chicken healthily. Grilled chicken is often served with high-fat side dishes like potato salad or coleslaw, but serve it with spinach, strawberries and nuts, and you will have this fantastic dish to look forward to. The dressing really brings the salad to life, complementing every flavor in it. You can serve this as an appetizer, or make it into your lunch or dinner. This is a versatile meal and a great way to showcase juicy, fresh strawberries.
 


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Christine Szalay-Kudra


Hello and welcome to Amazing Salad Recipes. My name is Christine and I'm delighted you are visiting. I started this blog because salad is such an important dish. It can be a side dish or a whole meal, and there are so many type I love to prepare and serve to my family, helping them get all their nutrients as well as having something they can really enjoy.


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