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. The salad looks delicious! Man, fresh fruit sounds so good right now. Oh, and Melanie is my favorite on SYTYCD too! They are all incredible dancers, but she is most definitely my favorite!

  2. Kate … You’ve outdone yourself on this one!! I’ve been playing around with similar combinations, but you’ve nailed it here. Pure Genius. Had to have it for dinner tonight … and I know I’ve said this before, but this really is my new favorite salad. The dressing sends it over the top!! Thank You Thank You … I’m sure I’ll be eating it everyday. Loving every bite 🙂

  3. OMG! Made this tonight and it was soooo good! Actually, it was extremely good! I left the blueberries and feta out cuz I forgot to buy some today and I used splenda instead of honey in the dressing. I can’t wait to make this for my dinner guests next week!

  4. That is exactly what I did after eating that salad from Wendy’s! I thought it tasted great, but there just wasn’t enough for the price — so I made my own. I am SO excited to try your dressing, though, I just used some raspberry vinaigrette I had on hand, which was okay. But homemade dressing is definitely superior!

  5. This sounds delicious! We are always looking for a good new dinner salad. I’m thinking it would be even easier if I used half a rotisserie chicken. And I’m going to try it with queso fresco instead of feta because that’s what I have in my fridge and I think it will be nice with the berries. Thanks for the bonus post!

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