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Strawberry Spinach Salad

Strawberry Spinach Salad - A crowd favorite! Loaded with baby spinach, fresh strawberries, juicy, tender chicken thighs + the dreamiest poppy seed dressing!

The crowd favorite! Loaded with baby spinach, fresh strawberries, juicy, tender chicken thighs + the dreamiest poppy seed dressing!

Strawberry Spinach Salad - A crowd favorite! Loaded with baby spinach, fresh strawberries, juicy, tender chicken thighs + the dreamiest poppy seed dressing!

Say hello to my favorite part of summer: all the vibrant, beautiful, colorful salads.

With juicy, grilled chicken thighs seasoned with some salt and pepper, this makes for a hearty meal for any time of the day.

Serve with fresh strawberries for that natural sweetness and pecan halves for that extra crunch. Sometimes I even throw in candied pecans for that extra treat! SO SO GOOD.

And the poppy seed dressing is seriously so creamy, so dreamy.

Strawberry Spinach Salad - A crowd favorite! Loaded with baby spinach, fresh strawberries, juicy, tender chicken thighs + the dreamiest poppy seed dressing!

Strawberry Spinach Salad

A crowd favorite! Loaded with baby spinach, fresh strawberries, juicy, tender chicken thighs + the dreamiest poppy seed dressing!

20 minutes10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 4-5 cups baby spinach
  • 1 1/2 cups sliced strawberries
  • 1 avocado, halved, seeded, peeled and sliced
  • 2 small Persian cucumbers, sliced
  • 1/2 cup sliced red onion
  • 1/2 cup toasted pecan halves
  • 1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese

Directions:

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, milk, honey, vinegar, poppy seeds and Djion; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Place in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
  2. Preheat grill to medium heat.
  3. Brush chicken with canola oil; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Add chicken to grill, and cook, turning occasionally, until chicken is completely cooked through, reaching an internal temperature of 165 degrees F, about 10 minutes.
  4. To assemble the salad, place spinach in a large bowl; top with chicken, strawberries, avocado, cucumbers, onion, pecans and goat cheese. Pour the poppy seed dressing on top of the salad and gently toss to combine.
  5. Serve immediately.

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12 comments

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    This salad is fantastic! We used red leaf lettuce the first time we made it because that’s what we had on hand and we’ve made it that way at least four times since. We all love this salad – even our teenager who doesn’t like salads. He says it’s his favourite and comments on how great it is every time. Thank you for another great recipe!

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    This deliciously, beautiful salad is so refreshing.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Delicious!

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    I could have eaten the whole bowl. I sped up the process by using rotisserie chicken meat instead.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    I love all your recipes. Thanks for sharing this article! Although I don’t know how to cook, I will definitely try it one day.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Great and easy week night meal. Didn’t want to cook tonight, but this came together fast and was delicious. Great dressing!

  7. I LOVE Avocado on a salad.  This recipe is amazing!!

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    just made it last night…my company loved it and I can’t wait to make it again

  9. Your dish looks so gorgeous! I also often spend time combining the ingredients and decorating the dish like this. It always give me a sense of satisfaction both for eyes and mouth xD

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    This salad is amazing! The colors, flavors and textures all work perfectly together. So perfect for summer, thank you!

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    This salad was so good! My whole family loved it!

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    OMG This is absolutely amazing!