Spinach & Strawberry Salad (with Berries)

The sweetness of the strawberries mixed with the honey-mustard chicken and amazing poppyseed dressing makes this Spinach & Strawberry Salad over-the-top tasty!


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This Spinach & Strawberry Salad is one of my personal favourites. The recipe is so simple yet sophisticated. If you’re looking for an alternative to the Honey Mustard Chicken, try out the Amazing Chicken Kabobs recipe chopped with this salad.

Honey Mustard Chicken Marinade

Place all marinade ingredients into a glass bowl.

Marinade ingredients for honey mustard chicken in blue bowl

Mix well.

marinade ingredients for honey mustard chicken in blue bowl

Place chicken breasts in shallow baking dish and pour marinade over top of the chicken. Turn chicken to coat both sides.

Marinate in refrigerator for 1 hour.

chicken with honey mustard chicken marinade in glass bowl

Heat 2 tsp. of olive oil in a non-stick skillet. Remove chicken from marinade and cook until chicken reaches internal temperature of 165F and is no longer pink inside. Throughout the cooking time, brush marinade over chicken applying only a little at a time.

Once cooked, set chicken aside and prepare remaining salad components.

Honey Mustard chicken sizzling in skillet

Homemade Poppyseed Dressing

This is THE easiest and most tasty dressing you will ever make. Place all ingredients into a jar or bowl and whisk. If you’re using a jar, put the lid on it and shake! Yes – it’s that easy 🙂

homemade poppyseed dressing in mason jar

Next, assemble the Spinach & Strawberry Salad

Spinach

Start by rinsing the spinach and draining it, then cut off any of the wooden stems of the spinach leaves, then place it in a large bowl.

Strawberries

Next, hull and slice or chop the strawberries. I like a mixture of cross sectional slices and chopped because it looks pretty on the plate. Set aside.

Avocado

Peel avocado and cut pull apart in half, then slice. Set aside.

Red Onion

Peel and slice red onion. If you prefer smaller pieces, you can chop it. Sweet onions also make a great substitution.

Feta Cheese

I prefer the block feta cheese in water and crumble it myself. For convenience you can buy the crumbled feta cheese already crumbled.

Sliced Almonds

The grocery store always has convenient bags of the toasted sliced almonds that are made for salads. You can also chop whole almond and pecans make a great substitution as well.

Putting it all together

For the photo that is shown below, I assembled the salad on the plate and drizzled the dressing over top. I sometimes find that easier because I have finicky eaters, some like onions, some don’t etc. This is also a good way to control how much dressing you put on the salad.

If you want to serve it in a bowl and have guest help themselves then follow these directions:

  1. Place spinach in large salad bowl and toss with a small amount of the dressing to coat the leaves but not soak them.
  2. In a separate bowl, add all other ingredients and toss them lightly in the dressing to coat.
  3. Then, add the bowl of the other ingredients to the spinach bowl and toss, adding more dressing.
  4. Have extra dressing available to add to the salad if desired.
  5. Slice chicken and toss into salad.
  6. I find that the amount of dressing that goes into a salad is a personal preference. I would rather have a little and add more later when I have it on my plate if needed.
Spinach & Strawberry Salad with Honey Mustard Chicken on white plate with fork at the side

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Spinach and Strawberry Salad on a white plate.

Spinach and Strawberry Salad


Description

The sweetness of the strawberries mixed with the honey-mustard chicken and amazing poppyseed dressing makes this Spinach & Strawberry Salad over-the-top tasty!


Ingredients

Honey-Mustard Chicken Marinade

6 tbsp. honey

2 tbsp. Dijon mustrd

3 tbsp. olive oil

1 tbsp. white vinegar

1 clove garlic, minced

2 finely sliced green onions

1/8 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. pepper

4 skinless and boneless chicken breasts

Poppyseed Dressing

1/4 cup white wine vinegar

3 tbsp. honey

1 tbsp. plus 1 tsp. poppyseeds

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. dry mustard

1/3 cup mayonnaise

1/2 tsp. lemon zest

1 tbsp. finely grated sweet onion

1 tsp. dijon mustard

1 tbsp. lemon juice

1/2 cup olive oil

Spinach & Strawberry Salad

8 cups spinach, rinsed

1/2 small red onion

5 cups sliced and chopped strawberries

1 avocado sliced

1/2 cup sliced almonds

3/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled


Instructions

Honey-Mustard chicken Marinade

1. Whisk all marinade ingredients together in a shallow glass dish  until combined. Add chicken breasts, turning to coat all of the chicken. 

2. Place in refrigerator and marinate for 1 hour.

3. Heat a nonstick skillet over medium heat with 2 tsp. olive oil.  

4. Remove chicken from marinade letting excess marinade drip back into the dish.  

5. Sear the chicken on each side. Brush or spoon remaining marinade on chicken throughout the cooking process coating each of the chicken breasts.

6. Cook until chicken reaches temperature of 165F and is no longer pink inside.  

Poppyseed Dressing

Place all ingredients in bowl and whisk together or you can use a mason jar and shake the dressing until all ingredients are well combined.

Spinach & Strawberry Salad

1. Place spinach in large salad bowl and toss with. small amount of the dressing to coat the leaves.  Enough to coat the leaves but not soak them entirely. 

2. In a separate bowl, add all of the other ingredients (chop the chicken and add it in here) and toss them gently in the dressing to coat.

3  Add the bowl of salad ingredients to the spinach bowl and toss, adding more dressing until you reach the desired amount.

4 Serve with additional dressing for guests to add as desired.

  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Salads
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 salad
  • Calories: 689
  • Sugar: 36.6 g
  • Sodium: 910.2 mg
  • Fat: 53 g
  • Saturated Fat: 9.5 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 48.8 g
  • Fiber: 8.4 g
  • Protein: 13.2 g
  • Cholesterol: 36 mg

Keywords: Spinach and Strawberry Salad, Honey Mustard Chicken

One Comment

  1. This salad is perfect when you want something different. We love the texture of the spinach with the honey mustard chicken and sweet strawberries!!

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