Chicken Salad with Strawberry + Sweet Balsamic Dressing
Some people don't love fruit in a salad but I am not one of those people! Fruit adds sweetness, colour and nutrients.
Strawberries are in season (don't you just love summer)?! Today, I bought a whole tray (16 punnets) for $7 from Harris Farm - so I needed to use them up!
I used a rotisserie chicken from the supermarket for this recipe. You can cook your own chicken for this recipe but, hey... sometimes convenience is king. I always opt for free range). Remove the skin and add it to the salad.
Toasted almonds would also be great in this recipe. I used pumpkin seeds because they were already toasted in the fridge. With seeds and nuts, I toast a whole batch and then store them in an airtight container for a quick healthy snack option (hello high protein/fat/fibre snack!) or I add it to salads or yoghurt.
Aussie Asparagus is amazing at the moment, so I added those in for substance (and because they're cheap)! It takes jus a few minutes to cook. Broccolini would also be great here.
In the photos, I used a balsamic glaze but this sweet balsamic dressing is delicious and easy for everyone to make.
Enjoy this healthy chicken salad recipe!
Chicken Salad with Strawberry + Balsamic Glaze
- Prep time: 5 minutes
- Cooking time: 5 minutes
- Serves 6
- 6 cups of baby spinach leaves, rinsed
- 1 punnet of strawberries, tops removed, quartered
- 1/2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 2 bunches of asparagus, trimmed
- 1 avocado, cubed
- 1 roast chicken, skin removed, shredded
- 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds, toasted
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 80ml/3oz extra virgin olive oil
- 50ml/2oz balsamic vinegar
- 1.5 tablespoons brown/coconut sugar
- Pinch of salt
- Heat a frying pan over med-high heat. Add olive and sesame oil to pan. Once hot, add asparagus. Saute for 3-5 minutes, tossing occasionally. Remove from pan, and cut on the diagonal (it looks fancy that way ;)
- In a serving bowl, layer spinach leaves, strawberries, asparagus, avocado and chicken. Top with pumpkin seeds. Drizzle with sweet balsamic dressing.
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