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. I re-set 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, and 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 farmers markets and this is where I go for my salad inspiration.

Strawberry Avocado Salad with Balsamic Chicken recipe from RecipeGirl.com

Strawberries are in season, so I picked up a basket of them plus a handful of avocados. They’re my favorite flavors right now: the sweet/tart strawberries paired with buttery avocados just works in a magical way.  

About this Strawberry Avocado Salad:

I pan seared a chicken breast and then “braised” it, sort-of, 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’s kind of genius, if you ask me.  One less dish to wash!

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

It’s very easy to assemble.  Arrange a pile of greens on a platter, and then top them with the strawberries, avocados and chicken. Sprinkle on some thinly sliced red onion and chopped pistachios, and drizzle with the 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 weekday 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

Here are a few more of my favorite salads you might like to try:

Strawberry- Avocado Salad with Balsamic Chicken

Such a delicious and summer salad recipe with a ton of flavor!

Course Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword strawberry avocado salad
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 442 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 16 ounces boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 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 mixed greens (washed dried)
  • 2 cups sliced strawberries
  • 1 large avocado, peeled & sliced
  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup chopped pistachios

Instructions

  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.
Nutrition Facts
Strawberry- Avocado Salad with Balsamic Chicken
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 442 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 21g 32%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 72mg 24%
Sodium 230mg 10%
Potassium 1300mg 37%
Total Carbohydrates 35g 12%
Dietary Fiber 8g 32%
Sugars 22g
Protein 30g 60%
Vitamin A 101.9%
Vitamin C 80.5%
Calcium 11.8%
Iron 20.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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  • Jenn Peas and Crayons wrote:

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

  • Tricia @ Saving Room for Dessert wrote:

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