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Strawberry Avocado Salad with Balsamic Chicken

Refreshingly simple, Strawberry Avocado Salad with Balsamic Chicken is like springtime in a bowl. Fresh, juicy strawberries, creamy avocado, crunchy pistachios and pan-seared chicken is nestled in a bed of greens and drizzled with a sweet-savory balsamic dressing.  Healthy and easy!

Strawberry Avocado Salad with Balsamic Chicken- recipe from RecipeGirl.com

So, this is the time of year when I try to pull things back together….reset the healthy eating meter, so to speak.  When the weather gets warmer and I know that I’ll eventually have to put on a pair of shorts, I do my best to eat a little lighter, a little leaner, a little brighter.  Salads are always my go-to because you can layer them with flavor without packing in the calories. Fresh ingredients start to pop up in the farmer’s markets and this is where I go for my salad inspiration.

Strawberry Avocado Salad with Balsamic Chicken recipe from RecipeGirl.com

Strawberries are looking mighty fine right now so I picked up a basket and a handful of avocados. They’re like my favorite flavors right now, the sweet/tart strawberries pared with buttery avocado just works in a magical way.  I pan seared a chicken breast and then “braised” it, sorta, in a Brown Sugar Balsamic sauce which doubled as the base for a syrupy vinaigrette.  That’s how this Strawberry Avocado Salad with Balsamic Chicken was born….it was kind of genius, if you ask me.  One less dish to wash!

Strawberry Avocado Salad with Balsamic Chicken recipe from RecipeGirl.com

I arranged a pile of greens on a platter then topped them with the strawberries, avocados and chicken, sprinkled on some thinly sliced red onion, chopped pistachios and drizzled with my warm pan vinaigrette. The whole thing comes together in about 20 minutes….served warm it makes a fantastic main course salad worthy of entertaining, serve it chilled for a super tasty workday lunch.  Either way, your tastebuds are going to beg you to make this Strawberry Avocado Salad with Balsamic Chicken pretty regularly.  And so will your entire family.

Strawberry Avocado Salad with Balsamic Chicken recipe from RecipeGirl.com

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Strawberry Avocado Salad with Balsamic Chicken

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 7 cups baby spinach or field greens, washed and dried
  • 2 cups sliced strawberries
  • 1 large avocado, pitted and sliced
  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup chopped pistachios

Directions:

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  2. Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Add to the pan and cook for 5 to 6 minutes on each side.
  3. While the chicken is cooking, whisk together the brown sugar, vinegar and water. Pour the mixture over the chicken and bring to a boil.
  4. Continue cooking the chicken in the balsamic syrup for an additional 3 to 4 minutes until cooked through and no longer pink. Transfer to a platter and keep warm.
  5. Remove the pan from the heat. Whisk in the mustard and thyme. Set aside.
  6. Arrange the greens on a large platter.  Top with the strawberries, avocado and red onion. Slice the chicken and arrange on top of the salad.
  7. Sprinkle with pistachios and drizzle with the dressing. Serve immediately.
SOURCE:  RecipeGirl.com

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Kellie Hemmerly

Kellie is a busy mom of two and former marketing manager who is on a quest to create the fastest, tastiest dinners that every family will love. Creator of The Suburban Soapbox, a food and lifestyle blog, her recipes are fool-proof and suitable for quick weeknight dinners or easy entertaining.

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3 Responses to “Strawberry Avocado Salad with Balsamic Chicken”

  1. postedApr 7, 2017 4:15 AM

    I could eat this everyday!  Absolutely beautiful salad with great color and flavor.  Yummy!

  2. postedApr 7, 2017 2:46 PM
    Barbara

    I like the recipe but would like the nutritional info & if there r any reviews would be nice to read,thanks 

  3. postedApr 13, 2017 7:38 AM

    This salad is mouthwatering!! Can’t wait to try it!

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