Strawberry and Spinach Salad with Balsamic
Cuisine: American
Author: Rachel Hanawalt
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 12 mins
Total time: 22 mins
This super-healthy strawberry and spinach salad with balsamic is packed with early summer flavors and easily transforms into a satisfying dinner.
Ingredients
Chicken (optional)*
  • 4 small skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
Salad
  • 8 C baby spinach
  • 2 C fresh sliced strawberries
  • 4 Tbsp crumbled feta
  • 4 Tbsp toasted sliced almonds
Dressing
  • See my recipe for Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette: http://simpleseasonal.com/recipes/homemade-balsamic-vinaigrette
Instructions
  1. If you are making your salad with chicken, prep the chicken before cooking by brushing it with olive oil and then seasoning with salt and pepper to taste. Cook in a stove-top skillet over medium heat for 10-12 minutes flipping mid way while keeping covered with a piece of foil, or until it reaches an internal temperature of 170ºF. Allow the chicken to rest for 5 minutes prior to slicing for the salad.
  2. To assemble the salad sprinkle a bed of spinach with freshly sliced strawberries, crumbled feta, and toasted slivered almonds. Top with sliced chicken breast as desired. Dress with balsamic vinaigrette.
Notes
Consider making without the chicken as a side salad and a vegetarian dish. Make with the chicken for a complete meal.
Recipe by Simple Seasonal at http://simpleseasonal.com/recipes/meal-types/salads/strawberry-spinach-salad-balsamic