Grilled Chicken Sun Dried Tomato and Avocado Spinach Salad

01.26.2018

Grilled Chicken Sun Dried Tomato and Avocado Spinach Salad is jam packed with flavor and nutritious ingredients and it’s perfect for a weeknight dinner! It’s rich in protein and the bright flavors in this salad and will leave you craving it time and time again.

Grilled Chicken Sun Dried Tomato and Avocado Spinach Salad

Spinach Salad with Chicken Sun Dried Tomato and Avocado

This salad layered with plenty of fresh baby spinach, lean grilled chicken breasts, creamy avocados, rich sun dried tomatoes, salty feta, crunchy pine nuts and it’s finished with a tangy lemon herb dressing.

After one bite I realized it’s been too long since I’ve made a grilled chicken salad.

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Grilled chicken salads are the best – especially when there are avocado included!

Those sun dried tomatoes here really do pack a flavorful punch, which is why you’ll only need a small amount.

Normally when I add tomatoes it’s like 3 big fresh tomatoes (because I’m obsessed) but here 1/3 cup of the sun dried tomatoes will go a long way.

My husband normally hates tomatoes but he loved this salad and actually requested it again for lunch the next day. Sun dried tomatoes have such a different flavor from fresh.

Grilled Chicken Sun Dried Tomato and Avocado Spinach Salad

Ingredients for this Spinach Salad

  • Baby spinach
  • Chicken breasts, grilled
  • Avocado
  • Sun dried tomatoes in oil
  • Feta cheese, crumbled
  • Pine Nuts

Ingredients for the Lemon Herb Dressing

  • Olive oil
  • Lemon
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Fresh parsley
  • Garlic
  • Dried basil and dried oregano
  • Honey
  • Dijon mustard
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Scroll below for printable recipe.

Grilled Chicken Sun Dried Tomato and Avocado Spinach Salad

Is There a Substitute for Pine Nuts?

And you can substitute another nut here for the pine nuts – sliced or slivered almonds or chopped walnuts are a good choice (but chop them so you get more in each bite).

I love the bit of crunch the nuts add to the salad. And do feel free to add more.

How Can I Get Chicken Breasts to Brown Better?

As a side note I found the key to nicely charred chicken breast is a pinch of sugar on each side. Since they are so lean they don’t tend to brown well without it.

Grilled Chicken Sun Dried Tomato and Avocado Spinach Salad

How I Grill the Chicken for this Recipe

I also like to pound to an even thickness and season with a little garlic powder and of course salt and pepper. Oh and brush with a tiny bit of oil before adding your seasonings.

Then cook on a 425 – 450 degree preheated grill about 4 minutes per side for 8 oz. breasts (or until 165 in center).

Also you may notice it’s not much dressing for 4 servings, the first time I made it with more dressing but found it to overwhelmingly oily between the dressing, oily tomatoes and avocado.

So the next time around I cut back and I think the amounts listed for the dressing are just enough.

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Grilled Chicken Sun Dried Tomato and Avocado Spinach Salad

5 from 2 votes

This is such a flavorful and satisfying salad! It's layered with so much goodness and the way the flavors compliment each other here is spot on delicious! A recipe you'll want to use again and again.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: chicken salad, Spinach Salad
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 535 kcal
Author: Jaclyn

Ingredients

  • 6 oz. baby spinach
  • 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts, grilled and cut into strips or cubes
  • 1 large avocado, sliced or cubed
  • 1/3 cup (heaping) drained sun dried tomatoes in oil, finely chopped
  • 3/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts

Dressing

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp finely minced fresh parsley
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1/4 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp dijon mustard
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. For the dressing, in a mixing bowl whisk together all dressing ingredients and season with salt and pepper to taste.

  2. Divide spinach among 4 plates. Top with chicken, avocado, tomatoes, feta and nuts. 

  3. Stir dressing and pour evenly over each serving. Serve immediately.

  4. Recipe source: Cooking Classy

Nutrition Facts
Grilled Chicken Sun Dried Tomato and Avocado Spinach Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 535 Calories from Fat 351
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 39g 60%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 97mg 32%
Sodium 564mg 24%
Potassium 1395mg 40%
Total Carbohydrates 16g 5%
Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
Sugars 2g
Protein 29g 58%
Vitamin A 93.7%
Vitamin C 62.2%
Calcium 20.9%
Iron 19.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

8 comments

  • Ashleigh: Can’t wait to make this! February 12, 2018 at 3:15pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Hope you love it Ashleigh! February 13, 2018 at 10:29pm Reply

  • Laura | Tutti Dolci: So gorgeous, need this salad in my life! :) February 7, 2018 at 7:17pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes you do. :) Thanks Laura! February 9, 2018 at 12:02pm Reply

  • Michelle: Scrumptious! Big flavors! Perfect as is. February 7, 2018 at 9:51am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for taking the time to leave such a nice review Michelle! February 9, 2018 at 11:56am Reply

  • Arul Delushon: Can I substitiue with Shrimp instead of Chicken? January 31, 2018 at 8:03am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes definitely. Hope you love it! January 31, 2018 at 9:28am Reply

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