Cranberry Avocado Spinach Salad with Chicken and Orange Poppy Seed Dressing

12.25.2014

MERRY CHRISTMAS everyone!!! I hope you’ve had such a wonderful holiday!

Cranberry Avocado Spinach Salad with Chicken and Orange Poppyseed Dressing | Cooking Classy

While I didn’t make this salad on Christmas I’m really wishing I had another serving of it now! Yes this may sound a little strange, I had my doubts as I was brainstorming the idea of this salad in my mind, but I’m telling you it is one of my new favorites! It has such exciting flavors that all blend so amazingly well together! We all know that cranberry and orange were made to go together but when you add in creamy avocados, salty feta cheese, crunchy toasted almonds and a slightly sweet poppy seed dressing incredible things just happen. Then of course I added grilled chicken because I wanted to make a meal out of this, plus I just love the flavor of any kind of orange chicken so I knew this salad needed it.

You can use another type of lettuce with this salad, pretty much any mellow type lettuce will do, I just love spinach for its’ color and nutrition. Another thing I may try adding to this sometime would be bacon. I actually love the way bacon and orange pair together, plus nearly any salad (or any food for that matter) is better with bacon, right?

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Cranberry Avocado Spinach Salad with Chicken and Orange Poppy Seed Dressing

5 from 1 vote

Ingredients

Dressing

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 2 tsp orange zest
  • 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp poppy seeds

Salad

  • 1 lb chicken , grilled
  • 9 oz baby spinach
  • 2 medium avocados , cored and diced
  • 1 cup crumbled feta
  • 3/4 cup sliced almonds , toasted
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries

Instructions

  1. Add olive oil, canola oil, orange zest, orange juice, lemon juice, honey, dijon mustard and salt to a blender. Pulse until well emulsified. Pour into a jar and stir in poppy seeds. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  2. Add all salad ingredients to a large bowl. Pour dressing over top and toss to evenly coat. Serve immediately.
  3. Recipe source: Cooking Classy

70 comments

  • Tonya: Approximately how many will this serve? (My apologies if it’s listed and I missed it. I’m still on my first cup of coffee!) Thanks ☺ December 29, 2014 at 7:11am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Probably about 4. January 18, 2015 at 5:28pm Reply

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci): I absolutely love this salad, what great flavors and textures! December 26, 2014 at 10:38pm Reply

  • Rachel @ Bakerita: This salad looks delicious! I love cranberries and almonds in my salad, and that dressing sounds amazing. Hope you had a great Christmas! December 26, 2014 at 4:10pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Rachel!! I hope you had a great Christmas too! :) December 26, 2014 at 8:41pm Reply

  • Natasha of Natashaskitchen.com: Gorgeous salad! Perfect meal replacement during the post-holiday-I-definitely-overate recovery phase! ;) Pinning! :) December 26, 2014 at 2:29pm Reply

  • Vera: This looks delicious! I always love a good original salad, and that has definitely got it! Thanks for sharing! With love,
    Vera
    December 26, 2014 at 10:25am Reply

  • Tori@Gringalicious.com: OMG! I always love your salad recipes but this one is up there with the best! December 26, 2014 at 5:52am Reply

  • Malia @ Small Town Girl: Yum, drool, pinned! Love this! So many flavors that I adore :) December 25, 2014 at 10:40pm Reply

  • Amy @ The Blond Cook: I will definitely need to be eating salad after this holiday season! I am loving the combination of cranberries and the orange poppy seed dressing with chicken and spinach. Merry Christmas! December 25, 2014 at 7:57pm Reply

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