chicken spinach salad with pears, cheese and avocado

Spinach Chicken Salad (video)

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One of my favorite salad recipes! This easy spinach chicken salad is topped with crumbled cheese, creamy avocado, pecans, dried cranberries, chopped pears and dressed with a homemade poppy seed balsamic dressing. The dressing requires just 5 simple ingredients and it’s so delicious! Enjoy this salad with rotisserie chicken or prepare your own easy chicken breast! I love to have some rustic baguette on the side, too! This salad serves 2 as a main entree or 4 as a starter salad.

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Preparing the Chicken

I always start this salad with the juicy chicken! You can use rotisserie chicken breast for this recipe if you want to make the recipe even easier! I like to pick up the chicken on my way home from the store and enjoy it the same day. In my video recipe, I also show you how to prepare a really simple and delicious chicken breast, pan-seared and finished in the oven. Just brown the chicken all over, season with salt, pepper and your favorite spices, then bake until the internal temperature reaches 165F. Allow the chicken to rest for at least 5 minutes before slicing into serving-size pieces.

sliced juicy chicken breast over a bed of spinach salad with blue cheese

Poppy Seed Balsamic Dressing

You guys are going to LOVE this simple and delicious homemade dressing recipe! It’s made with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, honey, poppy seeds and a pinch of salt. I recommend using a high-quality, robust and flavorful olive oil for a tastier dressing. As mentioned in my video, I love using honey from Hawaiian Honey Eats – their honey is some of the best I’ve ever had! Simply combine all the ingredients in a dispenser bottle or measuring cup and mix for 1 minute until the dressing is creamy. Store any leftover balsamic dressing in the refrigerator.

Spinach Chicken Salad

Once you have the chicken prepared and rested, put together the salad! Spread a generous amount of spinach over a large platter or prepare individual servings in salad bowls. Top the spinach with sliced chicken, sliced avocado, chopped pears, crumbled blue cheese, dried cranberries and chopped pecans. If you don’t like blue cheese, try it’s lighter cousin gorgonzola or go plain with crumbled feta. Pour the dressing over the spinach salad when ready to enjoy and season to taste with salt! Enjoy with a side of rustic baguette and white wine!

If you want to prepare this salad ahead of time, simply arrange everything on a plate or platter and reserve the dressing. To preserve the color of the avocado, squeeze a bit of lemon juice over the top.

balsamic spinach salad with golden chicken breast, cheese, pears, and balsamic vinaigrette dressing

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