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Strawberry Walnut Salad with Chicken

A fresh and tangy summertime salad starring strawberries!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Main Course, Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: fruit salad, heart-healthy, homemade dressing, summer
Servings: 4
Calories: 382kcal
Author: Chelsea Jackle, RDN

Equipment

  • frying pan with lid

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 16 oz boneless skinless chicken breasts raw, sliced or pounded thinly
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 8 cups spring mix
  • 1/3 cup raw walnuts chopped
  • 1 cup strawberries sliced
  • 1/4 cup goat cheese crumbled

Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing

  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 cup strawberries sliced
  • 1 tsp pepper

Instructions

  • Heat a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add 1 tbsp olive oil to coat. Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper, then add to the pan. Sear on each side for about 3 minutes, or until the chicken is golden brown and no longer sticking to the pan. Remove the pan from the heat, cover with a lid, and leave undisturbed for 10 minutes while you prepare the other ingredients.
  • Prepare the dressing by adding 3 tbsp olive oil, 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar, 1 cup of sliced strawberries, and 1 tsp pepper to a small blender cup. (A full-sized blender or food processor is also fine!) Blend until smooth.
  • Layer spring mix, walnuts, strawberries, and goat cheese in a large serving bowl. Drizzle with enough dressing to coat evenly, mix, and distribute on 4 plates.
  • Add 1/4 of the chicken to each plate and enjoy!

Notes

If you'd like to store this salad as leftovers, keep the dressing separate until you're ready to eat.

Nutrition

Calories: 382kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 775mg | Potassium: 500mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g