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Chicken, Strawberry & Toasted Almond Salad

This Chicken, Strawberry & Toasted Almond Salad is simple, elegant, and absolutely delicious. It’s full of ripe strawberries, moist chicken, and crunchy almonds.

Chicken, Strawberry & Toasted Almond Salad with Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette

Since I’ve posted numerous cocktail recipes recently, I decided to skip Thirsty Thursday this week and celebrate the mamas. I know Mother’s Day brunch is a big deal (as it should be), so I made you a little special somethin’ to add to your brunch day menu.

This chicken, strawberry & toasted almond salad is just about the easiest salad you’ll ever make. The salad itself consists of four simple and seasonal ingredients: chicken, strawberries, toasted almonds, and mixed greens.

Chicken, Strawberry & Toasted Almond Salad with Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette

I used the help of my local grocery store and picked up a rotisserie chicken. Let’s be honest, you can’t beat the $5 it costs for a ready-prepared bird. With all of your other preparations, I’m sure you can use the extra help.

Chicken, Strawberry & Toasted Almond Salad with Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette

The salad is fresh, vibrant, and healthy. I love the combination of salty, sweet, savory, and tangy. The tang comes from the strawberry balsamic vinaigrette that gets generously drizzled right before you’re ready to serve the salad.

Chicken, Strawberry & Toasted Almond Salad with Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette

I really love the dressing I made to go with this salad. It’s a strawberry balsamic vinaigrette that uses strawberry jam to give the dressing a hint of sweetness and punch of berry flavor. There, the secret is out!

You can use store-bought or homemade jam for this recipe. I happened to have a jar of this small-batch strawberry jam lingering in my fridge from when I made my strawberry jam bourbon smash (which is also a great Mother’s Day recipe), so I used that.

The dressing really does take this salad to a whole new level of deliciousness. Everyone will be asking for your recipe.

Chicken, Strawberry & Toasted Almond Salad with Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette

If you want to make your mama feel special, load her up with homemade salad and a few boozy beverages.

Mom, I know you’re reading, so this is for you:

Thank you for being you. For your constant, unconditional love. For your patience, friendship, and thoughtfulness. For listening to everything, and I mean every single word, that cascades from my mouth. Thank you for your wisdom, advice, and guidance throughout the years. Thank you for picking me up when I’m down, mending my broken heart, and fixing every single boo-boo over the years. Thank you for being my cheerleader, role-model, and the absolute best friend a gal could ever ask for, ever. Thank you for the little things, the big things, and everything in between. But, most of all, thank you for being the best damn mom!

Chicken, Strawberry & Toasted Almond Salad

Hearty chunks of tender chicken, sweet strawberries, and crunchy almonds get tossed with earthy mixed greens and drizzled with a tangy strawberry balsamic vinaigrette.

Yield: 4 servings

Total Time: 10 minutes

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 0 minutes

Ingredients:

Salad:

  • 1 (5-ounce) container spring mix
  • 2 cups cooked chicken, cut into bite-size chuncks 
  • 1 and 1/2 cups sliced strawberries
  • 1/2 cup toasted sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup freshly chopped basil

Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette: 

  • 3 tablespoons strawberry jam
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablesppon lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

For the salad:

  1. Add salad ingredients to a large bowl. 
  2. Toss to combine. 
  3. Drizzle the vinaigrette over the salad right before you’re ready to serve. 

For the vinaigrette: 

  1. In a small bowl, combine strawberry jam, balsamic vinegar, and lemon juice. Whisk to combine. 
  2. Slowly whisk in the olive oil. Give the mixture a few vigorous whisks to thicken.  
  3. Season with salt and pepper to taste. 
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16 Responses to “Chicken, Strawberry & Toasted Almond Salad”

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    Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor — May 7, 2015 at 7:26 am

    I love this light and refreshing salad that is perfect for lunch!

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    • Jennie replied May 7th, 2015 at 7:29 am

      Thanks so much, Ashley! It’s a great spring/summer salad. 

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    Laura Dembowski — May 7, 2015 at 7:43 am

    What sweet words for your mom.  Moms are the best.  My mom would love this salad for mother’s day, especially since it wouldn’t dirty many dishes ;)

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    • Jennie replied May 7th, 2015 at 7:54 am

      I didn’t even think of that fact, Laura. Minimal dishes is always best. Thanks so much! 

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    Cali @ Cali's Cuisine — May 7, 2015 at 9:02 am

    This looks very nice an healthy as an alternative to typical Mother’s Day Brunch fare. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    • Jennie replied May 8th, 2015 at 7:28 am

      Thanks, Cali!

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    Allie | BakingAMoment — May 7, 2015 at 9:03 am

    This is just the perfect addition to any Mother’s Day Brunch table.  So simple and lovely.  And your message to your mom is so touching <3

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    • Jennie replied May 8th, 2015 at 7:28 am

      Aww, thanks, Allie. Yeah, she said I made her cry. Enjoy your Mother’s Day. 

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    Julia — May 7, 2015 at 9:43 am

    Your note to your momma is so sweet!  And this is the perfect salad to share with my mom – i know she’d love it. That strawberry vinaigrette? Uhh…yes, please! 

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    • Jennie replied May 8th, 2015 at 7:29 am

      Thanks, Julia! Girl, that dressing is so good. Get it!

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    Liz @ Floating Kitchen — May 7, 2015 at 10:37 am

    This is perfect for the mammas! And for me, who is only a dog mamma! Ha! I love rotisserie chickens from the grocery store. It’s like my secret weapon. So flavorful and EASY! 

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    • Jennie replied May 8th, 2015 at 7:30 am

      No kiddos here either. I’m a pup and kitty mamma! It still counts. Yes, I love me some rotisserie chicken. Thanks so much, Liz!

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    Medha @ Whisk & Shout — May 7, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    This looks awesome! So much more exciting than a classic house to serve at Mother’s Day brunch :)

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    • Jennie replied May 8th, 2015 at 7:31 am

      Thanks, Medha! 

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    Kelley @ Chef Savvy — May 7, 2015 at 4:09 pm

    This salad looks wonderful! I am loving the vinaigrette! 

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    • Jennie replied May 8th, 2015 at 7:31 am

      Thanks, Kelley!

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