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!

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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 2 votes

This quick and delicious salad is the perfect weeknight meal

Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken salad, salad with avocado
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 1002 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 1002 Calories from Fat 702
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 78g 120%
Saturated Fat 16g 80%
Cholesterol 118mg 39%
Sodium 731mg 30%
Potassium 1279mg 37%
Total Carbohydrates 47g 16%
Dietary Fiber 12g 48%
Sugars 28g
Protein 35g 70%
Vitamin A 129.5%
Vitamin C 50.7%
Calcium 35.8%
Iron 26.2%
* 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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