Strawberry Avocado Spinach Salad with Grilled Chicken and Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing

07.14.2016

Summer will have come and gone before we know it so I hope you are all enjoying an abundance of salads in your diet featuring all the fresh fruits and vegetables that are in season right now! If you are like me you’ve got quite a list of salads that you want to make throughout the summer, but at the top of that list should be this perfectly bright and summery Strawberry Avocado Spinach Salad with Grilled Chicken and Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing! It has the perfect blend of flavors and it includes so many healthy ingredients like spinach, strawberries, avocados and lean chicken breast. And of course let’s not forget one of the main highlights of the salad – the perfectly tender and crunchy, wonderfully nutritious Fisher Walnuts! This salad just isn’t complete without them! Most of the time you’ll find me adding some sort of Fishers nuts to my salad because a salad needs that crunch and delicious nutty flavor. Here they really just finish this salad off, plus they make it just that much more filling which is important since this is meant to be served as a main dish.

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I love walnuts not only for their delicious flavor but I also love the fact that they are a healthy food to include in my diet. I love when a food not only tastes great but it’s good for you too! Walnuts have so many health benefits (while they include things like omega 3 fatty acids, antioxidants and protein), they are definitely good food to include regularly into your diet! I always keep them stocked in my pantry, not just for baking and cooking but for snacking too. And of course I choose Fisher Walnuts over other brands not only for their quality but because they are made without preservatives. Nuts shouldn’t need preservatives yet other nut brands are adding them, it’s great knowing Fishers doesn’t. Even more reason to add then to this delicious salad!

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Strawberry Avocado Spinach Salad with Grilled Chicken and Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing

Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing

  • 1/2 cup light mayonnaise
  • 1 Tbsp lemon zest
  • 3 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 3 Tbsp honey
  • 2 1/2 tsp poppy seeds
  • 1/4 tsp salt , or to taste

Salad

  • 1 lb boneless , skinless chicken breasts, grilled then cooled 10 minutes and diced
  • 8 oz baby spinach
  • 2 1/2 cups sliced strawberries
  • 3/4 cup Chopped Fishers Walnuts , lightly toasted
  • 1 large avocado , peeled and diced
  • 4 oz feta cheese , crumbled
  • 1/3 cup chopped red onion

Instructions

  1. For the lemon poppy seed dressing:
  2. Whisk all ingredients in a bowl until well blended. Cover and store in refrigerator until ready to use.
  3. For the salad:
  4. Layer spinach and chicken among 4 plates or into 1 large salad bowl then layer over remaining salad ingredients. Spoon dressing over salad and serve immediately.
  5. Recipe source: Cooking Classy

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24 comments

  • Giselle: This looks amazing! I can’t wait to make it! July 15, 2016 at 12:06pm Reply

  • Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine: Beautiful! I love poppy seed dressings! July 15, 2016 at 12:35pm Reply

  • J Chase: This looks delicious! I can’t wait to make it. July 15, 2016 at 12:58pm Reply

  • Janna: This salad looks SO delicious…I will definitely have to try it before the summer is over!!! Thanks for sharing! :) July 15, 2016 at 2:02pm Reply

  • Nancy: All of my favorite, healthy foods–so fresh and eye-appealing! Part of our enjoyment of eating happens with the eyes. July 15, 2016 at 2:58pm Reply

  • Renee: Yum! Love the dressing! July 15, 2016 at 3:10pm Reply

  • bianca @ sweet dreaming: salads like this are my fav!!!! with crumbled cheese, nuts, and fruit! July 15, 2016 at 9:46pm Reply

  • Lindsay: This looks amazing!!! July 15, 2016 at 11:51pm Reply

  • Lois Kim: This salad looks so refreshing! Love the combination of ingredients. July 16, 2016 at 12:23am Reply

  • Auntiepatch: I’m taking this salad to a potluck tomorrow! Yum! July 16, 2016 at 12:28am Reply

  • tricia McAvoy: Thanks for all the wonderful recipes. July 16, 2016 at 3:42pm Reply

  • Eileen: Looks Mouthwatering
    I am going to try to use yogurt instead of MayO July 17, 2016 at 4:34am Reply

  • Carmen: This salad looks delicious and perfect for next weeks annual family reunion! July 17, 2016 at 11:40am Reply

  • Carly Williams: That salad looks so good! I love the addition of the walnuts! July 18, 2016 at 8:30am Reply

  • David: I grew up with two large pecan trees in our yard, so we ate pecans on everything. I guess I took those days for granted because I rarely eat them now. July 18, 2016 at 7:23pm Reply

  • Susan Christy: There were many years we couldn’t have nuts in the house due to a severe allergy. Now that I can, I just can’t seem to get enough nuts. Nuts in and on everything! July 19, 2016 at 9:02am Reply

  • Jennifer m.: Oh my goodness– this looks amazing! Adding it to my salad list now! Thanks for the recipe! July 19, 2016 at 2:14pm Reply

  • AmyG: The lemon poppyseed dressing seems is so simple, I think I have all the ingredients on hand. My husband loves poppyseed dressing so this will have to be our next main dish salad. July 19, 2016 at 6:56pm Reply

  • manda: The salad looks amazing. July 20, 2016 at 10:50am Reply

  • Taylor Closet: This recipe looks amazing, will try this one. Thank you. July 20, 2016 at 11:04am Reply

  • Jamie Jones: Thank you for posting all these wonderful yummy recipes. You keep it healthy, fast and flavorful July 21, 2016 at 3:41pm Reply

  • Lisa: The salad looks delicious, I think I’m going to have to try it this weekend. July 22, 2016 at 11:48am Reply

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