Grilled Chicken & Berry Salad

Surprise!! Before you get all excited that we’re halfway through the week and that So You Think You Can Dance is on tonight (go, Melanie!), I’m sorry to tell you that it is Tuesday and that we’re just so excited to be home and back in our kitchens that we have a couple of extra recipes this week.

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, a few weeks ago, I had Wendy’s Berry Chicken Salad for the first time and I loved it. I also realized that it was hardly rocket science and that putting my own version together couldn’t be too tricky, right? So much to my husband’s dismay that I wasn’t re-creating the Baconator (also known as the Widow Maker), I tossed together some fresh greens, strawberries, blueberries, toasted almonds, feta cheese, and this Berry Vinaigrette.

feta, strawberry vinaigrette, almonds, and grilled chicken

It ended up being the perfect summer dinner after a long day of working in the yard. He didn’t complain too much, although I’m pretty sure he quietly poured himself a bowl of cereal a few hours later.

First, I marinated some chicken breasts in some light Italian dressing and then grilled them up on the back patio. While they were cooking, I tossed some sliced almonds into a non-stick pan and toasted them over medium heat, stirring frequently, until they were light brown and fragrant.  I rinsed the strawberries and blueberries and sliced the strawberries.

strawberries and blueberries

Then I tossed together some Romaine and baby spinach…chopped romaine

and added a handful of blueberries, some crumbled Feta cheese, and the toasted almonds.

blueberries and almonds

If you’ve had the Wendy’s salad, you might be thinking, “Stupid Kate, that’s Parmesan, not feta in the Wendy’s salad.” Surprisingly, I do know my cheeses, I just prefer Feta in this salad. But freshly shaved Parmesan is also super delicious here, so use whatever you prefer.

Anyway. I topped the blueberries with the strawberries and then after the chicken was done, I let it stand for a few minutes and then I sliced it up and added it to the salad.

Final berry salad

I served the dressing on the side, but if you’re making this all in a big bowl for a crowd and are serving it immediately, I’d recommend dressing the entire salad just to make things easier.

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Grilled Chicken & Berry Salad


Description

Boasting savory chicken, sweet berries, tangy feta, and topped with a berry poppyseed dressing, this recreation of Wendy’s Berry Chicken Salad is easy to make at home anytime!


Ingredients

1/2 head Romaine lettuce, washed and chopped into bite-sized pieces
68 ounces baby spinach
1216 ounces chicken, marinated, grilled, and sliced*
8 ounces strawberries, sliced
8 ounces blueberries
4 ounces crumbled Feta or shredded fresh Parmesan cheese
1 cup sliced almonds, toasted
Berry Poppy Seed Dressing to taste


Instructions

For serving a large crowd, toss all the salad ingredients in a large serving bowl and add dressing to taste. For individual servings, arrange ingredients on plates and serve the dressing on the side. Makes about 8 side dish servings and 4 main dish servings.

*For a vegetarian dish, omit the chicken.


Keywords: salad, berries, summer salads, chicken

45 comments

  1. Hee! I made something very similar last night, after trying the Wendy’s salad last week. I added cucumber and pecans toasted with some brown sugar to mine, and drizzled on a blackberry viniagrette I made up. This is a great summer salad, especially when the temperatures are running in the 100’s, like it is where I live! 🙂

    Thanks for all the great recipes.

  2. Yum! This looks very similar to a salad I just tried and plan on making tonight. Same idea, but with pecans, no cheese and some pineapple and mandarins thrown in.

  3. It looks wonderful! I’m not sure I could convince my hubby though. He usually thinks I’m putting too much on salads when I add extra veggies or cheese. I haven’t tried the Wendy’s salad, but am thinking I might have too soon.

  4. Wow, that looks fabulous! I recently had that salad at Wendy’s and really enjoyed it. I’d love to be able to make it at home. 🙂 And I just got home from picking strawberries!

  5. Delicious! This is what we’re having for dinner tonight. My hubby will think it’s fancy since there is feta cheese and almonds. It will totally appeal to his food snobbery!

  6. Oooooh, this looks delicious! I’m pretty sure you could change up the combination of cheeses, nuts or berries in this and it would still be gorgeous. Now all I need is some summer weather to enjoy this in and I’m set!

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