Almond, Berry, and Chicken Spinach Salad

A healthy and incredibly simple spinach salad topped with chicken breast, strawberries, blueberries, toasted almonds, feta cheese, clementines, a squeeze of lemon, and a balsamic vinegar dressing.

Almond Berry and Chicken Spinach Salad with a delicious and easy dressing!

So, salad. It’s been a while.

Well at least a while since I’ve posted salad on this blog. (Don’t worry Mom. I’m still eating my greens and my veggies.)

Unless you count the tortellini pesto pasta salad. I mean it was kind of a salad. Just not a green lettuce type of salad.An incredibly easy, delicious, and healthy almond, berry, and chicken spinach salad

But this salad – this salad – is one heck of a salad. And very good for you too. Right down to the healthy dressing that is a perfect complement to the spinach and the salad ingredients.

And a great way to welcome in Spring.

If Spring ever comes. It’s still in the 30 degree range where I’m at. Which is an improvement from last week…sooooo I’ll take it.

But if the sun wants to show it’s smiley face sometime soon, I would be oh so happy!

An incredibly easy, delicious, and healthy almond, berry, and chicken spinach salad

So yeah, the dressing. It’s only four ingredients. All good-for-you ingredients – olive oil, balsamic vinegar, honey, and some dijon mustard.

Oh, and a squeeze of lemon if you want. I didn’t add that to the dressing though, just over the salad before the dressing was poured on.

An incredibly easy, delicious, and healthy almond, berry, and chicken spinach salad

The rest of this salad is pretty straight forward – blueberries, sliced strawberries, and some peeled clementines are the fruity aspects. Then there are toasted almonds and feta cheese. And finally chicken.

The almonds are sliced and toasted. I bought them sliced, but toasted them myself. Suuuuper easy. Just pour the almonds into a small skillet over medium heat and stir them around a bit until they are toasted to your liking. This adds so much flavor! You can leave out the nuts if you want, or try another nut. Pecans and walnuts come to mind for this salad, but I’m sure there are other nuts you could try too.

The feta cheese tastes great with the berries and spinach salad. Again, you can definitely substitute a different cheese OR leave it out entirely if you don’t want it or have dietary restrictions.

An incredibly easy, delicious, and healthy almond, berry, and chicken spinach salad

Finally, the chicken. I cooked the chicken on a skillet over medium heat with some olive oil, salt, pepper, and my favorite chicken seasoning – Mrs. Dash chicken grilling blends. SO good and adds a boat load of flavor to the chicken. I even sprinkled some of it over this salad.

Instead of cooking the chicken over the skillet, you can grill it or even boil and shred it. However you like your chicken! You could even buy a rotisserie chicken and use that for the salad which we love to do. Or if you want to make this salad vegetarian, simply leave out the chicken.

An incredibly easy, delicious, and healthy almond, berry, and chicken spinach salad

Almond, Berry, and Chicken Spinach Salad
 
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Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 4 cups baby spinach (remove stems if desired)
  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 cup fresh strawberries
  • 1/2 cup clementine oranges
  • 2-3 tablespoons feta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons slivered almonds
  • 1 large boneless, skinless chicken breast (plus olive oil, salt, and pepper)
Dressing
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey
  • Optional: squeeze of lemon, Mrs. Dash chicken grilling blends seasoning
Instructions
  1. Prepare the fruits and lettuce by washing and completely drying.
  2. Remove strawberry stems and slice them. Remove clementine skins and separate into sections.
  3. Sprinkle both sides of the chicken breast with salt, pepper, and Mrs. Dash chicken grilling blends to taste.
  4. Lightly coat your skillet with 2 to 3 teaspoons olive oil.
  5. Preheat the skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Place the chicken in the skillet and then reduce the heat to medium and cook until the meat is no longer pink and the juices run clear, about 8 to 12 minutes.
  6. As the chicken cooks, turn it occasionally so it browns evenly. If it starts to brown too quickly, reduce the heat to medium-low.
  7. Meanwhile, combine all of the dressing ingredients into an airtight jar. Shake until well combined. Toss the dressing with the spinach. Add in the fruit and feta cheese and toss again. If desired squeeze some fresh lemon over the salad. Just about a teaspoon.
  8. Toast the almonds in a small skillet over medium heat for about 1-2 minutes stirring constantly. Add the almonds to the salad.
  9. Once the chicken is finished, remove from heat and slice or chop it. Let it cool and then add it to the salad.
  10. Separate the salad onto two dishes and enjoy immediately.

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Comments

  1. says

    Now this is quite a beauty! It looks almost like a work of art. That dressing sounds perfect in all its simplicity. Well, now I know what my lunches next week will consist of!

    • chelseamessyapron says

      We had snow flurries all day so definitely not feeling like Spring! Haha definitely hoping its right around the corner!

  2. says

    Ohhh I do love this! Great minds think alike Chelsea! I posted something so similar to this ;) Colorful fruity salads are the BEST. Love your pictures as always, awesome food styling! Soooo happy it’s finally officially Spring tomorrow, thank goodness!!

  3. says

    This is such a gorgeous salad, Chelsea! It does remind me of spring. :) I love all the colors and fruit you packed into this one. Maybe if we all eat this salad and pretend like it’s spring, it will just happen. Haha. Love it! :)

  4. says

    I can’t wait to dive head first into salads like this! Salads loaded with fruit, nuts, and grilled chicken are my favorite when the temperature rises.

    I will have you know my two year old son is sitting next to me saying “yummy, yummy, yummy” He thinks this looks pretty fantastic too!

  5. says

    Mmmm this is exactly my kind of salad!! Now if only berries would come back in season!! I can’t wait for that … the last few weeks it’s been a toss up if they are okay or not at the store!

  6. says

    Wow! Now this is my kind of salad! Love fruit in my salads then add the chicken for a little protein and I’m one happy camper! The photos are gorgeous Chelsea and I so want that honeycomb thing! Pinned, thanks for sharing at Show Stopper!

  7. says

    What a GORGEOUS salad! I can’t wait for some fresh fruit to hit the produce section of my grocery store. YUM!
    Found you via the Two Cup Tuesday Link Party. This post has been Stumbled and Pinned!

  8. says

    What a gorgeous salad Chelsea! I love all the fresh fruit and berries in here – totally getting me excited for warmer weather and fresh berry season :)

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