Strawberry Almond Chicken Salad

This colorful, healthy strawberry almond chicken salad has the works! Juicy berries, crunchy almonds, creamy avocado, chicken, and homemade poppy seed dressing.

strawberry chicken salad in a white bowl

You are not lost. I, a bonafide cookie monster and sprinkle over-user, am posting a salad recipe today on this beautiful Sunday morning. It turns out that you are loving my savory food recipes, so I figure I’ll share a little more of my everyday eats with you.

Because with a wedding dress to fit into in 4 months, I can’t live off of nutella cheesecake alone… can I? Hope you’re hungry for some healthy recipes this summer.

This colorful salad has the WORKS. It’s meant for people, like me, who love all the fixings on a salad and not so much all the greens. Think tons of fresh berries, mandarin slices, crunchy almonds, creamy avocado, and lots of protein-packed chicken. Why, it’s summer in a bowl. (–> quick, name that Friends episode.)

For anyone wondering how Kevin and I are not 500 lbs each, our secrets are self control, a ton of running and biking, lots of veggies, and these salads for lunch. Life’s all about balance and the occasional reese’s pieces sundae dessert, of course.

chopped almonds on a white cutting board

avocado sliced in half

I own a pink polka dot paring knife, don’t you? Surprisingly enough, this knife is tack-sharp. One of the sharpest paring knives I own. Plus, it’s pretty. Makes a cute gift.

I dress today’s salad with some homemade poppy seed dressing. Besides caesar, poppy seed dressing is my favorite. You could really dress this summer salad with just about anything. Either balsamic or raspberry vinaigrette would be incredible, too.

I made my own poppy seed dressing using Lindsay’s recipe. The flavor is out of this world! She knows her stuff – I’ll never buy poppy seed dressing again.

creamy poppy seed dressing in a white bowl

This fresh, healthy salad is perfect when the temperature start to rise; it’s so refreshing and there’s little work involved. Use leftover cooked chicken, whatever greens you have on hand, and/or feel free to switch up the berries. Strawberries and blueberries were on sale this week for Memorial Day, so I stocked up… and also made two fruit pizzas.


Kevin says he’d like bacon on top of the salad, but I wasn’t about to cook a couple strips in my already horrendously messy kitchen. Also, try sprinkling a little creamy goat cheese on top. It’s my absolute favorite cheese and it would be perfect on this summertime salad.

This recipe will make about 4 decent sized side salads, but can easily be split between two people as a main dish. Especially if you’re a salad “topping” freak like I am. There’s so much going on in this salad, it’s incredibly satisfying.

strawberry chicken salad in a white bowl with a fork

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strawberry chicken salad in a white bowl with a fork

Strawberry Almond Chicken Salad

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: serves 2-4
  • Category: Dinner
  • Cuisine: American


This colorful, healthy strawberry almond chicken salad has the works! It’s for those of you who love all the toppings on salads… full of juicy berries, crunchy almonds, creamy avocado, chicken, and topped with homemade poppy seed dressing.


  • 6 cups spinach or field greens (I used 3 cups each)
  • 1 cup sliced strawberries
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 3/4 cup mandarin orange slices
  • 1 ripe avocado, sliced
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 12 ounces skinless, boneless cooked chicken, chopped
  • poppy seed dressing (homemade or store-bought)*


  1. Toss everything together in a large bowl, except for the dressing, until combined. Pour desired amount of dressing overtop and serve immediately.
  2. Yes, it’s really that easy.


  1. Dressing: You could really dress this summer salad with just about anything. Either balsamic or raspberry vinaigrette would be incredible, too.
  2. Options! Try crumbling a few strips of bacon overtop and/or adding 4 ounces goat cheese, gorgonzola, or feta cheese!

Keywords: strawberry almond chicken salad, strawberry chicken salad

My TV appearance! Here is the direct link to the video– also at the bottom of this post.

Yesterday was a huge day for me; we had our cake tasting and I also visited the WBAL studios for another TV appearance on the weekend morning news!

Sally on set at WBAL TV

If you tuned in to watch me, thank you so much! While I wasn’t nearly as nervous as the first time, I still had a few butterflies and felt I stumbled over my words. Live TV, answering questions and trying to concentrate on what I was doing with my cake, is harder than it looks! But the women there make it so easy and carefree. I made my festive, fun Tie-Dye Cake for Memorial Day weekend – this is a cake you have to try this summer! It’s great for any holiday, really. I use my favorite homemade vanilla cake recipe.

Thank you again for all your support and encouragement. I wouldn’t have been asked on TV if it weren’t for all of you. And thanks for having me back, WBAL! Here’s the video link – let me know what you think. Please ignore all my “ums” – I need to work on that!


  1. Lose weight with chicken says:

    This is Absolutely beautiful, I love avocados and strawberries, I have never thought of this combination in a chicken salad. This is going to be our memorial day lunch for our dieting group today.

  2. Baker Bettie says:

    The colors are so beautiful! And congrats on the TV appearance! I would be a nervous wreck.

  3. Yes that’s the episode haha! At first Joey thinks the potpourri is edible lol.

  4. Thanks Eve – and I’m glad you’ve tried that cake!

  5. What I love most about baking is sharing with others – more so the experience of being in the kitchen. So all the goodies I’m always around? I can’t eat them all! I also work out… a lot. So thank you!

  6. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust says:

    I can’t even imagine being on TV. *gasp* You did awesome!!

  7. Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking says:

    Oh I know! Sometimes I just feel happy that there is dinner at all! Plus salads for dinner help me cut down on the gym-time 😉

  8. Amy @ Thoroughly Nourished Life says:

    It’s almost a savoury fruit salad – and it looks like a party in a bowl to me!
    I can’t wait to watch your TV appearance when I get back home, you are doing wonderfully inspiring things Sally 🙂

  9. Congratulations on your television appearance, and this salad looks so delicious!

  10. Hey Sally, this salad looks amazing! i made a super summery salad that you might dig since you love goat cheese too, its super easy too just bite size pieces of watermelon, chopped fresh basil, goat cheese and a little drizzle of balsamic vinegar (i used a white peach balsamic but any will do 🙂 its simple but amazing and super summery flavours and colours!

  11. Jess @ Sweet Menu says:

    Well done Sally! You are a pro! You should be so proud!

  12. So glad you tried it Carol – thanks for reporting back!

  13. This salad looks so fresh and satisfying — perfect for lunch or a light dinner!

  14. Thanks so much Jess!

  15. Hi there! Here are a few posts about how I got started.

  16. Amy @ Amy's Healthy Baking says:

    You’re so cute and festive in your latest TV appearance Sally!! You must have made a super sweet first impression for them to ask you back. I wouldn’t be surprised if they offered you a regular slot! 🙂 And your salad definitely reminds me of my favorite one from Panera: their strawberry poppy seed chicken salad. So sad that they only offer it during the summer, so it’s nice to have yours that’s so similar that I can enjoy once they whisk theirs off the menu!

  17. Don’t you mean the cake was to “dye” for 🙂

  18. Karen Fritts says:

    How much is your cookbook? Does it come in book form?

    1. Yep! Both hardcover and ebook. It’s available on Amazon in both forms, or from my publisher directly:

  19. I love your blog. Thank you for keeping me inspired to bake. And, I just bought the ingredients to make the glowing skin smoothie, so I am looking forward to trying it out.
    My question is, where did you get that polka-dot pairing knife? I love it and want one too!


    1. It was a gift, actually! Here is one on Amazon I just found though…

  20. Woah! This recipe is simply the best salad I’ve ever had. It has everything I love (strawberries! almonds! avocado! goat cheese!). I’m not fond of chicken in salads so I used goat cheese instead, as you suggested. I also made an express, healthy dressing with 100g plain Greek yogurt, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 1 tablespoon olive oil and 1 tablespoon poppy seeds. It was perfect! Thank you for this recipe.

    1. I need to try your super simple poppy seed dressing!

  21. Oh, this was so delicious! I used pecans instead of almonds and I had a few pumpkin seed/dried cranberry mix left over from another salad I added.

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