Strawberry Chicken Salad with Strawberry Balsamic Dressing

A mouthwatering salad with fresh strawberries, cranberries, goat cheese and almonds.  The strawberry balsamic dressing gives it the perfect flavor and is one amazing summer salad!

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It really is no secret at all that I love a good salad.  It has helped me to keep a healthy diet and maintain my goals that I made at the beginning go the year.   Of course I have to keep going to the gym and doing crossfit so I can still enjoy a brownie every once in a while, but healthy eating has been key to my weight loss journey.

Speaking of the gym.  Let me tell you how my Saturday went down.  I knew that Memorial Day was on Monday.  And in crossfit, they do what is called the MURPH workout.  It is a seriously hard workout.  It consists of a 2 mile run, 100 pull ups, 200 push ups, and 300 air squats.   And it is amazing if you finish in under an hour.  So I went to the gym Saturday thinking that I would miss the workout on Monday.  But to my surprise they switched it to Saturday.  I was in for a real treat.  🙂

The thing that I love about Crossfit is the support that every person gives.  They become your family and cheer you on and help you through each workout.  My partner on Saturday helped to push me through each workout and we finished in 57 minutes.  It was such an amazing feeling and accomplishment.   I can’t believe that I actually did it!  It is incredible what we can push ourselves to do if we put our mind to it.

We have a little tradition on Saturdays to stop by the Einstein Bagel on the corner after the gym and get some bagels.  I gotta have my carbs after a tough workout.  But while I was there I saw a Strawberry Chicken Salad that looked amazing and I wanted to make it immediately!   So I got all of the ingredients and came home and made it for myself.  It was awesome.

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Everything about this salad was amazing from the chicken, to the fresh berries, to everything in between.  And I decided to top it off with a sweet strawberry balsamic dressing.  It was the perfect finishing touch to this salad.

This salad is incredible and perfect for the summer with all of the fresh berries inside.  I have already made it to days in a row and I know that this will become a favorite for you as well!

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5.0 from 5 reviews
Strawberry Chicken Salad with Strawberry Balsamic Dressing
 
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Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 2 cups cooked chicken, chopped
  • 4 cups romaine, chopped
  • 2 cups strawberries, chopped
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • ¼ cup sliced red onion
  • ¼ cup crumbled goat cheese
  • ¼ cup sliced almonds
  • Strawberry Balsamic Dressing:
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
Instructions
  1. To make the strawberry balsamic dressing: In a food processor or blender, pulse the strawberries, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, dijon mustard, garlic, salt and pepper until smooth. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl toss the chicken, romaine, strawberries, dried cranberries, red onion, goat cheese, and sliced almonds. Toss with dressing or drizzle on top of served portions.

Strawberry Balsamic Dressing from Paleo Leap

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Alyssa

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.
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Comments

  1. That salad is downright delicious. It’s so fresh looking that it’s all I can do to keep hitting the screen with a fork.

  2. This salad looks amazing, so fresh and scrumptious!

  3. Looks great! What kind of pre-cooked chicken did you use?

  4. It looks so delicious and it is so healthy. I love it. I cant wait to try making it. Besides, your blog is what I am looking for and so amazing and incredible 🙂

  5. Enjoying your site. What a beautiful family! Great pictures of all your recipes, too. I’m a Finnish Pancake fan, having learned to make them about 25 yrs. ago in BC, Canada. Too bad hubby & I are eating low carb now, but I can still try out some of the recipes for my 2 young adults.

  6. Looks fresh and wonderfully tasty!

  7. Karen Edmonds says:

    Had this salad for dinner tonight. I used toasted pecans instead of almonds. Fantastic!

  8. The picture shows red onion but i dont see it listed as an ingredient. Are there any other things that should be in the salad that i might be missing?

  9. Staci D. says:

    I see red onions but did not see them listed in recipe?

    • Thanks for catching that! I used about 1/4 cup sliced red onion.

      • Carolyn says:

        This was WONDERFUL! I made this for dinner tonight for my mother and me. We’ve recently gotten on a salad kick and it’s hot down here in Georgia currently. I wanted something cool for dinner and this was perfect! I will definitely be making this again! I’ve never made my own salad dressing before and the dressing was so delicious and easy to make. I’m not a huge fan of vinaigrettes, but I liked the tangy sweetness that was created when the strawberries were added.

  10. Billie says:

    I made this for a teacher appreciation lunch yesterday! Everyone loved it but thought the dressing was too sour. When I tasted it, I did think the dressing alone had a lot of balsamic vinegar taste to it. My husband said it should balance out when on the salad but I don’t think it did. Should I just reduce the amount of vinegar next time?

  11. Katherine Killeen says:

    The salad looks fabulous. Have looked high and low but can’t find the nutritional info. How do I find it? Thanks
    Katie

  12. Savannah says:

    Is it 1 tbs or tsp of Dijon mustard? Mine doesn’t look like the pretty red dressing you have in the picture?

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