Chicken Strawberry Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

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This Chicken Strawberry Salad with a homemade lemon vinaigrette dressing is the perfect summer salad whether it’s lunch time or dinner time. Fresh spring mix with lemon pepper chicken, fresh strawberries and an easy lemon vinaigrette salad dressing are the perfect mix of flavors, something sweet and something savory.

An overhead shot showing the ingredients of the salad including sliced almonds, cranberries, strawberries, goat cheese, cucumbers, chicken, avocado and lettuce. There is a jar of lemon salad dressing in the background and two gold forks.

I know what you must be thinking, where’s that cake and what’s up with this salad? Funny you ask. The most common question I get (and even my husband gets) when I tell people what I do is, how do you not weigh hundreds of pounds? I smile and politely say, oh well I did once, and I’m never going back there (read about my weight loss journey).

The truth is, we do our best to eat relatively healthy and we workout 4-6 days a week, but that wasn’t always the case. We’ve found a good routine for the past year and although it’s hard work, we know what that takes.

A close up shot showing the ingredients of the salad including sliced almonds, cranberries, strawberries, goat cheese, cucumbers, chicken, avocado and lettuce.

For me it’s portion control, even if that means weighing my food and tracking my points with Weight Watchers. I’ve proven to myself that I can’t be trusted without it and that means I am not going to be successful. But I don’t let that dictate my life.

I obviously eat a lot of sugar, especially when I am recipe testing and baking all the time. We enjoy a good meal out occasionally and I am always down for a cocktail. So, I just try and find my balance, or maybe squeeze in an extra walk now and again.

A lemon vinaigrette dressing being drizzled over a strawberry chicken salad.

Since summer is right around the corner, I figured you might be interested in my Chicken Strawberry Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette. This is a staple salad for me, especially in the summer.

Leafy spring green are served with seasoned grilled chicken,  fresh sliced strawberries, crunchy almonds and creamy goat cheese are tossed with some sliced cucumbers and ripe avocado. All served with an easy 5 ingredient lemon vinaigrette.

I first had this salad when I was in Breckenridge Colorado snowboarding a couple years ago. We stopped for lunch and I ordered a similar salad to this. It was SO good, I wrote down the ingredients, so I could start making it at home.

A gold fork sinking into a big bowl of chicken strawberry salad

The best thing about this salad is that you can add or take away whatever you don’t like. When we have this for dinner, it’s more of a build-your-own-salad-bar situation so my husband can add whatever he does or doesn’t want.

Chicken Strawberry Salad Ingredients 

To make this Chicken Strawberry Salad, we will need:

  • Greens- baby spring mix lettuce, or a lettuce of your choice. Spinach would be great to.
  • Protein- A little grilled chicken seasoned with your favorite salt and pepper seasoning
  • Fresh strawberries- sliced or quartered
  • Cucumber- thinly sliced. I prefer English cucumbers, but either would work
  • Avocado- if in season, a ripe avocado takes this salad over the top
  • Dried cranberries- sweetened or unsweetened, your choice but these definitely add a little bit more sweet to this salad
  • Nuts-  sliced almonds are always my go-to, but walnuts could be good to
  • Goat cheese- everything is better with goat cheese, adding a little bit of texture an tanginess to this salad

For the chicken, I just use some all seasoning like my favorite Crazy Jane’s or some Trader Joe’s Lemon Pepper seasoning. The chicken is good warm or cold, but as long as it’s a thin cut, you’re in good shape.

A big blue bowl with a tossed spring salad and a gold fork

This 5 minute lemon vinaigrette is super easy to whip up and I make myself a big batch so I can have it for a couple of days. All you need is olive oil, lemon juice, white vinegar and salt and pepper. The great thing about this dressing is if you prefer a stronger lemon taste, you can add additional lemon juice or more vinegar for a stronger taste as well.

How to make this Chicken Strawberry Salad:

Simply combined your ingredients, tossed or untossed in a large salad bowl. I prefer not to toss mine and drizzle the dressing on myself because not everyone likes a lot of dressing. Or serve it as a build-your-own salad bar at the dinner table. You can’t really go wrong with that.

The lemon is the perfect complement with the variety of flavors you find in this salad, a little bit of sweet and a little bit of savory. Eating healthy doesn’t need to be overly complicated, and a meal like this that you can sort of just throw together makes our evenings that much more enjoyable.

Chicken Strawberry Salad with a homemade lemon vinaigrette dressing

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An overhead shot showing the ingredients of the salad including sliced almonds, cranberries, strawberries, goat cheese, cucumbers, chicken, avocado and lettuce. There is a jar of lemon salad dressing in the background and two gold forks.

Chicken Strawberry Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

  • Author: Beyond Frosting
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 27 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings

Description

This Chicken Strawberry Salad with a homemade lemon vinaigrette dressing is the perfect summer salad whether it’s lunch time or dinner time. Fresh spring mix with lemon pepper chicken, fresh strawberries and an easy lemon vinaigrette salad dressing are the perfect mix of flavors, something sweet and something savory.

Ingredients

For the salad:

  • 1 pound chicken, seasoned, grilled & chopped
  • 5 ounces baby spring mix
  • 1 large English cucumber, sliced
  • 1 large avocado, diced
  • 1 pound fresh strawberries, sliced
  • ¼ cup sweetened dried cranberries (optional)
  • ¼ cup sliced almonds (optional)
  • Goat cheese for garnish (optional)

Lemon Vinaigrette

  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • ½  teaspoon salt (to taste)
  • ½ teaspoon pepper  (to taste)

Instructions

  • For the salad: season and grill the chicken, allow to cool. Toss all the ingredients together in a large bowl to combined. Toss with dressing or serve dressing on the side.
  • For the vinaigrette: combine all the ingredients in a glass jar with a lid and shake to combine. If you prefer a less salty dressing, start with ¼ teaspoon. Add additional vinegar or lemon juice to taste. Store dressing at room temperature for up to 2 days.

Notes

Chicken can be seasoned with your favorite salt & pepper seasoning. I love Crazy Jane’s Mix Up Salt or Trader Joe’s Lemon Pepper grinders.

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