Cranberry Avocado Spinach Salad with Chicken and Orange Poppy Seed Dressing

12.25.2014

I dare say this Cranberry Avocado Spinach Salad is one of the best salads you’ll ever eat! It’s packed with bright flavor and nutritious ingredients. And you’ll likely find yourself making this Orange Poppy Seed dressing on repeat. Who new salad could be so good!

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This salad is easily 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.

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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?

Enjoy!

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Cranberry Avocado Spinach Salad with Chicken and Orange Poppy Seed Dressing

5 from 2 votes

I dare say this is one of the best salads you'll ever eat! It's packed with bright flavor and nutritious ingredients. And you'll likely find yourself making this Orange Poppy Seed dressing on repeat. Who new salad could be so good!

Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Avocado Salad, chicken salad, Spinach Salad
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 730 kcal
Author: Jaclyn

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

Nutrition Facts
Cranberry Avocado Spinach Salad with Chicken and Orange Poppy Seed Dressing
Amount Per Serving
Calories 730 Calories from Fat 450
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 50g 77%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Cholesterol 105mg 35%
Sodium 776mg 32%
Potassium 1008mg 29%
Total Carbohydrates 38g 13%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Sugars 27g
Protein 36g 72%
Vitamin A 124.1%
Vitamin C 38.2%
Calcium 33.9%
Iron 19.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

73 comments

  • Amy Tran: I can’t wait to make this! Look so yummy. September 10, 2018 at 11:06pm Reply

  • Cq: Loved this! Made it for a party (minus chicken) was gone in no time. Added red onion for additional flavor. August 5, 2018 at 4:49am Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for the feedback! August 7, 2018 at 2:47pm Reply

  • Wendy Evans: This salad makes a great meal. We really enjoyed it. I might try goat cheese instead of feta next time. We did add some agave to the salad dressing. Thanks for a great recipe! February 27, 2018 at 5:52pm Reply

  • Olja: Delicious! Complete meal that leaves you satisfied every time. It is easy to make, you can use chicken roast leftover. January 6, 2018 at 6:50am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Olja and great idea! January 8, 2018 at 11:36am Reply

  • Suzy: I made this salad and boy was it refreshing and delicious! The dressing is my new favorite, definitely a keeper! July 18, 2017 at 1:13pm Reply

  • Angie: Oh yum!! I made this salad tonight and literally went back for seconds, thirds, and fourths!! The dressing is incredible! I didn’t add the chicken in tonight but tomorrow I’m eating the leftovers and adding in the chicken. Thank you for this amazing recipe. I highly recommend it!! January 5, 2017 at 9:18pm Reply

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