Chicken, Apple and Smoked Gouda Salad

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This Chicken, Apple and Smoked Gouda Salad recipe is super easy to make and delicious. There is a lot of crunch and flavor in this salad, and it’s tossed with a simple, store-bought fat-free honey mustard dressing. So easy!

If you’re looking for a good, new lunch salad to make… you might want to consider this one.  It’s a spinach salad (changing things up a bit from ho-hum mixed greens).  Here’s how you make it:

The first thing you’ll do is cook the chicken.  It’s chicken breast simply seasoned with salt and pepper and then broiled in the oven.  Alternately, you can pan fry it in a nonstick pan sprayed lightly with nonstick cooking spray.  That’s the most difficult part of this recipe!  

Grab a bowl and combine fresh spinach with chopped apple, bell pepper, red onion and celery.  Then you’ll toss the salad with the dressing.  Sprinkle shredded Gouda cheese and toasted almonds on individual servings,

Is there a good brand of Fat-Free Honey Mustard Salad Dressing that is recommended?

I like the Maple Grove Farms brand of Fat Free Honey Mustard Salad Dressing the best. The Marzetti brand is pretty good too. If you want to make it homemade, here is a Fat-Free Honey Mustard Salad Dressing recipe that uses nonfat Greek Yogurt as the base of the dressing.

The Skinny Girl Honey Dijon Fat Free Sugar Free Dressing is probably your best bet if you’re following a strict, low-calorie diet. It only has 10 calories for two tablespoons… so for this recipe you’d only be adding 60 calories to the salad using the Skinny Girl dressing instead of a more classic fat-free dressing (which is more like 250).

This Chicken, Apple and Smoked Gouda Salad is quite a nice salad to make for lunch.  And it would be even better to serve for dinner alongside a cup of your favorite soup recipe.  I recommend my Tuscan White Bean Soup with Prosciutto.  That pairing would be perfect.  I’d add some white wine too!

Here are a few more recipes that will help you use up the rest of the Gouda cheese that you bought for this recipe:

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Chicken, Apple and Smoked Gouda Salad

This salad is full of great flavors!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings (2 1/2 cups per serving)
Calories 396kcal
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken apple and smoked gouda salad


  • 12 ounces skinless, boneless chicken breast
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 8 cups torn, pre-packaged spinach
  • 1 1/2 cups (about 8 ounces) thinly sliced red delicious apple
  • 3/4 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced celery
  • 1/2 cup sliced red onion, separated into rings
  • 3/4 cup fat-free honey mustard salad dressing
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) shredded smoked Gouda cheese
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted


  • Preheat your oven's broiler. Sprinkle salt and pepper over both sides of the chicken (if the chicken breast is too thick, then cut it in half horizontally). Place the chicken on a broiler pan coated with cooking spray; broil 5 minutes on each side or until the chicken is done. Cut the chicken into 1/4-inch-thick slices.
  • Combine the chicken, spinach, apple, bell pepper, celery and onion in a large bowl. Drizzle the dressing over the salad, and toss well. Sprinkle with cheese and almonds.


Serving: 1serving (2 1/2 cups) | Calories: 396kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 88mg | Sodium: 546mg | Potassium: 948mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 6800IU | Vitamin C: 59.5mg | Calcium: 303mg | Iron: 2.5mg
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