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

07.14.2016

Strawberry Spinach Salad with the works! Such a bright and refreshing summer salad! This fresh spinach salad is layered with sweet strawberries, tender chicken, crunchy walnuts and tangy feta and it’s finished with a creamy poppy seed dressing.

A Main Dish Strawberry Spinach Salad

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!

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It has the perfect blend of flavors and it includes so many healthy ingredients like spinach, strawberries, avocados and lean chicken breast.

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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.

strawberry spinach salad ingredients in a serving bowl before tossing.

Made with Preservative Free Walnuts

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!

Creamy lemon poppy seed dressing in a jar. For strawberry spinach salad.

The Creamy Poppy Seed Dressing

You’ll love the lemon flavors in this dressing. We’ve all had the classic poppy seed dressing but when you add lemon to it delicious things happen!

Strawberry and lemon are the perfect flavor pairing and it’s the best way to finish this salad!

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Grilled Chicken and Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing

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

5 from 1 vote

Such a bright and refreshing summer salad! This fresh spinach salad is layered with sweet strawberries, tender chicken, crunchy walnuts and tangy feta and it's finished with a creamy poppy seed dressing.

Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Spinach Salad
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 534 kcal
Author: Jaclyn

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: Whisk all ingredients in a bowl until well blended. Cover and store in refrigerator until ready to use.
  2. For the salad: 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.
Nutrition Facts
Strawberry Avocado Spinach Salad with Grilled Chicken and Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing
Amount Per Serving
Calories 534 Calories from Fat 315
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 35g 54%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 102mg 34%
Sodium 852mg 36%
Potassium 1203mg 34%
Total Carbohydrates 34g 11%
Dietary Fiber 7g 28%
Sugars 21g
Protein 35g 70%
Vitamin A 110.8%
Vitamin C 98.6%
Calcium 27%
Iron 19.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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26 comments

  • C. Kramer: I made this tonight and it was FANTASTIC! February 14, 2018 at 9:39pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad you liked it – thanks for leaving a comment! February 16, 2018 at 11:03am 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

  • 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

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

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

    • Jaclyn: Thanks! July 20, 2016 at 10:57am 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

  • 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

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