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.

This salad has it all! Healthy, easy, and full of fresh berries, chicken, avocado and topped with creamy homemade poppy seed dressing.

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.

Strawberry Almond Chicken Salad with Avocado

Strawberry Almond Chicken Salad with Avocado

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.

This salad has it all! Healthy, easy, and full of fresh berries, chicken, avocado and topped with creamy homemade poppy seed dressing.

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.

Naturally.

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 Almond Chicken Salad with Avocado

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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

Description

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.


Ingredients

  • 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)*

Instructions

  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.

Notes

  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 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!

This salad has it all! Strawberries, blueberries, avocado, almonds, chicken, spinach, so healthy!

84 Comments

  1. 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. Love the shirt you wore on TV! You’ve probably heard this before, but you’re in mad good shape, especially since your job is to eat dessert!
    Speaking of which, you can too eat Nutella cheesecake for every meal. Try it!
    But I guess when you have a salad this good, you can be healthy too!

    1. 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!

  3. I love the combination of savoury salads with fruit: it seriously is summer on a plate because of the flavours and colours. I have been looking for a poppy seed dressing for a long time so thank you for the link. You look so focused on making the cake in the last picture, I made it recently and it was to die for! Well done on the TV appearance, you were great!

  4. You look great! That’s so exciting…so much publicity for you 🙂 This salad looks awesome; I know my mom would love it. We both like tons of ingredients in salad instead of just iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, croutons, and cheese (which seems to be what a lot of restaurants call a salad, ugh). Your salad IS like summer in a bowl 😉 (I don’t know the actual episode title, but isn’t it the one where Joey has Janine/Elle Macpherson as a roommate and she’s putting potpourri and little boxes everywhere?)

  5. MAJOR congratulations on the tv appearance! Love the colorful, fun cupcakes/cake recipe; and I love the salad recipe in this post as well 🙂 Great mix of fresh ingredients!

  6. I love how bright and colorful this is! It’s like a Panera salad, yum! And congrats on your second TV appearance! Glad to hear you were less nervous this time.

  7. Oh and also… Your TV appearance was great! You can definitely tell you were less nervous. I’m sure you’ll be over all of your nerves someday when they keep asking you back! My word of advice: look up more! The world wants to see your pretty face!! 🙂 🙂

  8. I cannot wait to see you on your wedding day! You’re going to look fab! :o)

    And it’s so funny how you don’t realize you say things while you’re public speaking. In college, we had to record ourselves giving a speech and I was BLOWN AWAY by how many times I said, “um”, and, “like”!

    1. Thanks for making me feel better about it. I’m a little embarrassed. I don’t say um that often in regular conversation!

  9. It looks so good! My friends think I’m weird, but I absolutely love salads for lunch and have them all the time!

  10. I love this salad, Sally! There is a fast-food place where I live (Portillos) that makes a similar salad, and it is the best ever! But this one looks like it could rival it. I will definitely have to try this! Pinned!

  11. This salad looks amazing! We love chicken salad, especially when fruit is involved. And, I love it that you’re going to be sharing some healthy summer recipes. You read my mind of what I have been hoping for! Of course, I will still be making your vanilla cupcakes and blueberry muffins to go with it! I got on your website this morning before I ran out the door to church to see if anything else could change my mind about a dessert choice (currently going to be your Blueberry Almost Oat Squares) for Memorial Day. I can’t wait to get back to watch your TV appearance! Looks like I’m going to have to add to my dessert choices because I see a lot of yummy red, white, and blue in the picture!

    1. I looooove those blueberry almond oat squares Theresa! Great pick for memorial day. Love my fruit desserts. You should try my fruit pizza recipe: https://sallysbakingaddiction.com/2014/05/23/fruit-pizza/

  12. Congrats on your second TV appearance! I love this salad! I, too, live off of healthy salads for lunch and dinner (yes, the height of lazy)! I can’t wait to add this one into my repertoire! Easy on the lettuce and heavy on the toppings! It’s like you *get* me!

    I own a blue polka dot pairing knife and a gingham one too…they make me happy. 🙂

    1. Lindsay, I eat them for dinner too… yes, very lazy. In my defense, I bake all day and the last thing I want is a complicated dinner – you know?

      1. 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 😉

  13. You’re really becoming a pro at this TV-appearance thing, Sally!
    Absolutely love the salad. I love fruit in salads and this one is so so colourful. You couldn’t help but feel happy while eating it! 🙂

  14. Sally, you look amazing in those images from your TV appearance! Nice guns 🙂 You look wonderful, seriously!

    And that salad is just so vibrant and pretty! What a perfect summertime salad! pinned

    And your tie-dye cake. I saw that on Pinterest and had forgotten about that one – perfect for this time of year!

    1. Thanks for watching it Averie! I appreciate the arm compliment… I’ve been working them as much as I can lately. My bowling ball of a camera helps, as you know all too well!

  15. Loved watching your second TV appearance! You totally look great – and I second Averie’s comment – way to go on your arms! Seriously jealous of how strong they are! Love this fresh salad, and Lindsay’s poppyseed dressing is awesome, I’ve tried it and love it! Pinned 🙂

  16. Amazing, colorful salad – just like Summer itself! 🙂 Congratulations on yet another TV appearance! You are very photogenic and look gorgeous on a TV screen! I am sure this is not your last TV appearance either. 🙂

  17. This was dinner tonight. I replaced 1 tablespoon of poppyseed with chia seeds had to add a touch more water but everything turned out great! Perfect summer day dinner! Thank you

  18. Sally you did an amazing job in your tv appearance. You’re a really natural speaker, engaging and entertaining to watch. I have a media training tip that might help you to reduce your ‘ums’ – it’s all about slowing down your pace just a little bit. Before you start to speak or answer a question take a deep breath. Those three seconds that you’re breathing will give you the chance you need to reset your thinking. When your thinking is on track you’re less likely to use filler words like ‘um’. Don’t worry about appearing to the audience or the person interviewing you like you’ve frozen up – to anyone watching that tiny moment that you’re taking a breath will seem natural.

    Meanwhile, your cookbook just arrived to me here in Australia, I can’t wait to start baking my way through it!

    1. Thank you so much for the advice Lynda! I will definitely think about all of that if I’m ever asked on TV again. I do need to slow down. I think when I’m nervous, I just rush through what I’m trying to say and stumble over my words. I appreciate the advice!

  19. Love this salad the flavor combo looks amazing! Also congrats on your 2nd TV appearance!! You did a great job again and I’m sure you will become a pro in no time!

  20. Hello, can I get a woot woot? You not only were on TV twice, you had swirled cake! I obviously missed your last post. That is way cool, congrats!
    And this salad looks incredible. I cannot stand the salads with lettuce, cheese, and dressing. I mean, really, that is not a salad – this one fits the bill perfectly. We love our fruit and poppyseed salads around here, but this one tops all. Thanks for sharing, pinned!

  21. Gorgeous salad! I love avocados and fruit. In place of chicken for protein I’d add some quinoa, but the almonds do the trick too.

    Great job on your second television appearance. FYI, there are all natural food dyes that you can use. They’re made out of veggies. India Tree Liquid is a great product, and you can create almost any color you can imagine.

  22. Salad sounds absolutely terrific. I’m going to try it this week. Question on the link to the poppyseed dressing…..it says 1/4 cup olive oil mayonnaise. I never heard of this product. Is this an error? TIA! Keep up the excellent work on perfecting recipes to deliciousness.

  23. 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 🙂

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