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!

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

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.

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

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 4 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!

Servings: 4 servings
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

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*
Fat 50g77%
Saturated Fat 10g63%
Cholesterol 105mg35%
Sodium 776mg34%
Potassium 1008mg29%
Carbohydrates 38g13%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 27g30%
Protein 36g72%
Vitamin A 6205IU124%
Vitamin C 31.5mg38%
Calcium 339mg34%
Iron 3.6mg20%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Avocado Salad, chicken salad, Spinach Salad
Calories: 730 kcal
Author: Jaclyn

76 comments

  • Doreen: This is very good. I made it for my neighbor ladies, and everyone liked it. I had to omit the avocados because they weren’t ripe enough, but otherwise I made it according to the recipe. May 23, 2019 at 4:45pm Reply

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