Berry Chicken Salad with Blueberry Vinaigrette

Sunday, March 24, 2013

From our skinny table to yours ...

Is there any better feeling than a big salad for dinner? We LOVE to have a salad for dinner a couple times a week. It's the perfect light, satisfying meal and packed with nutrient dense fruits & veggies. Plus, you get so much food for the calories!

Our secret to the perfect skinny salad? A good salad consists of dark greens, fruit, nuts (instead of croutons), part-skim cheese and lean protein. This is our go-to recipe creator but it can be changed out a hundred different ways!

With springtime all about fresh berries, tonight's delicious combination includes spring mix greens, strawberries & blueberries, toasted pecans, part-skim mozzarella cheese and lean chicken breast.

We top this with our homemade blueberry vinaigrette. We love to make our own dressing and fruity vinaigrettes are our favorite because the thickness and sweetness comes from fresh fruit!

Hope you enjoy this one and happy spring :)

Nutrition Facts Per Serving (including dressing!)
Serves 4
Calories: 479
Fat: 25.1 grams
Carbs: 20.4 grams
Dietary Fiber: 4.3 grams
Protein: 43.8 grams

1 pound thinly sliced chicken breast
1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
1 family size package of spring mix lettuce (12 oz)
1 lb. package strawberries sliced
1 cup blueberries
1/2 cup toasted pecans
1/4 cup part-skim mozzarella cheese

Blueberry Vinaigrette
1/4 cup blueberries
1/4 cup white balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp brown sugar
1 garlic clove
Salt & pepper

Let's get cooking!
1. Heat grill pan to medium high heat and add one tsp of olive oil. Season chicken with salt & pepper and cook for 4-5 minutes on each side until cooked through. Slice on an angle.
2. To make dressing, add blueberries, vinegar, olive oil, lemon juice, brown sugar and garlic to blender. Pulse to combine. Season with salt & pepper.
3. Heat sauté pan to medium heat and gently toast pecans for 2 minutes until fragrant.
4. Plate up lettuce, fresh berries, mozzarella cheese, pecans and top with chicken. Serve with 1/4 of your dressing on the side.

Makes 4 healthy portions!

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  2. Look yummy thanks for sharing it.

  3. This looks so fucking good. I will be making this later this week. Thank you for all the great recipes!

  4. OMG this looks amazing! I have been eating salads for dinner the last few weeks and I love it! I will definitely be adding this to my list!

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  5. Popped in from Let's Get Social Sunday's. Salad looks and sound good; but we only have salad for dinner in the summer when we don't want hot food. I never feel like I've "eaten" when I don't have a hot meal. Besides you gotta have something hot to try and warm up a bit...typing that as I look out the window and the latest dump of snow..........groan...still waiting for spring.

  6. I just put together a "50 Fabulous Chicken Dishes" Recipe Round Up from links that were submitted to The Weekend re-Treat over the past couple of weeks and this recipe was included and featured in today's post!

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  7. The ingredients for this chicken salad are quite interesting. I have never tried strawberries in my salad and I am afraid it might turn me off. However, because I am always into trying out new things, I will prepare this for dinner. Thank you for the recipe.

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