This Summer Berry Chicken Salad is the perfect blend of fruity, sweet, and savory. Filled with strawberry marinated chicken, it’s the perfect way to eat healthy in season, topped with a refreshing, creamy honey lime salad dressing.
I hope you had a wonderful weekend. Ours was both social and relaxing. I got dinner with a friend, we went to the pool, grilled out with friends, and got some housework/packing done.
July is going to be a SUPER busy month with traveling, so I’m cherishing these weekends while I can. We head to Indianapolis and Chicago next weekend, a trip to Asheville in a few weeks, a few days in Nashville to visit my brother, and a trip up North towards the end of the month.
Needless to say, I’m excited, but it’s going to be a whirlwind of a month. So, right now, I’m trying to be present, eat the local foods and play around in the kitchen.
I’m SO into the ways to use watermelon right now, and something cool or fruity is what I’m craving 87% of the time.
Enter this strawberry chicken salad.
And a chicken and strawberry salad certainly makes the cut.
Isn’t it weird how the weather can have such an effect on our choices? But, it’s still about being intuitive and listening to what those hunger cues are telling you.
This chicken and strawberry salad is everything you want in the summer. Delicious, lean protein chicken, a strawberry sauce marinade, fresh, crisp greens, creamy goat cheese, and a cool and creamy honey lime salad dressing.
Bring it to all of your summer BBQs and cookouts along with these kabobs made in the oven.
First, you’ll preheat your oven to 400 degrees. While the oven is heating, season your chicken. I like to use olive oil, paprika, garlic, and thyme.
Place your chicken in a baking pan and bake for 10 minutes. Turn over, and bake for 15-20 more minutes, or until white throughout. Truthfully, I like baking my chicken because it usually produces a juicier vs drier chicken breast.
While the chicken is baking, you’ll want to make your strawberry marinade.
Then, you’ll assemble everything! Prepare your salad greens, and top with avocado, goat cheese, and diced strawberries. When the chicken is done cooking, let it soak in the strawberry marinade for 5-10 minutes before decorating on the salad.
Lastly, add your honey lime salad dressing.
What makes this strawberry chicken salad recipe so unique is the strawberry chicken. I boiled down strawberries into a thicker sauce and used that to marinate the chicken.
It may sound intimidating but again, super easy. It takes about 20 minutes and you do it while the chicken is in the oven.
Here’s what you need:
After a few minutes, your strawberry sauce will start to bubble and thicken.
While this is happening, you can start making your greek yogurt dressing.
I used to be an all balsamic vinegar all the time kind of dressing girl. Sometimes, balsamic or my apple maple vinaigrette is all I want for something light and easy.
Now, I’ve branched out, and for good reason because this easy greek yogurt dressing recipe is life.
You want something thicker, or more flavorful, especially for this refreshing chicken and strawberry salad.
Making your own creamy salad dressing is SO easy and I’m really into the greek yogurt dressings – nice and thick (and extra protein)! This refreshing honey lime dressing recipe pairs perfectly with your summer salad with strawberries and goat cheese flavors and textures.
Simply mix olive oil, lemon juice, lime juice, honey, and Stonyfield yogurt. Exact measurements are below, but you can cater it to your own taste too!
I’ve already mentioned that this summer salad with chicken and strawberries is great for a cookout, barbecue, or get-together! So, what else should you serve with it?
For a strawberry breakfast recipe, you’ve got to try this baked strawberry oatmeal.
Here are some of my favorites:
Or, another delicious summer salad option is this Broccoli Kale Salad served with Salmon.
This grilled chicken and strawberry salad recipe is so flavorful that it’s worth these extra steps. Your summer green salad with strawberries is never going to be the same.
You can probably get 2-4 servings out of this depending on how much you’re wanting to eat.
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Do you like fruit in your salads?
Have you ever made your own strawberry sauce or jam?