Strawberry Chicken Salad with Bacon and Avocado

The 4th of July summer holiday is over and now it’s time to get back on the eating-healthy bandwagon.  Are you with me?!!  I don’t know about you, but it’s felt like vacation every day for the last several weeks.  And vacation for me means eating.. a lot… like whatever I want whenever I want.  We’ve had our fun, and now it’s time to lighten thing up a bit.  I announced this to my husband last night and then made him eat this salad for dinner:  Strawberry Chicken Salad with Bacon and Avocado

Strawberry Chicken Salad with Bacon and Avocado... tossed in a Strawberry- Balsamic Vinaigrette- from RecipeGirl.com

It wasn’t like eating this salad for dinner was torture or anything.  There was a good amount of roasted chicken in there, sugared almonds, avocado and BACON.

Strawberry Chicken Salad with Bacon and Avocado... tossed in a Strawberry- Balsamic Vinaigrette- from RecipeGirl.com

I also snuck in some cucumber, yellow bell pepper, blue cheese and plenty of fresh strawberries.

Strawberry- Chicken Salad with Bacon and Avocado - from RecipeGirl.com

The dressing was my GO-TO homemade vinaigrette:  Strawberry Balsamic.  Simple.

Strawberry Chicken Salad with Bacon and Avocado... tossed in a Strawberry- Balsamic Vinaigrette- from RecipeGirl.com
This recipe serves up 4 to 6 side dish salads, but if you’re eating it as a main dish salad and you’re really hungry, you may wish to just split the big bowl with someone else in your family (or halve the recipe).  As for my husband- the guy who is never, ever excited about eating salad for dinner- he was absolutely delighted with this one, and I heard zero griping.  Praise, in fact, all-around.  We both loved it, and ate the entire bowl between the two of us!

Strawberry Chicken Salad with Bacon and Avocado

Yield: 4 smaller plates or 2 large

Prep Time:25 min

Ingredients:

SALAD:
4 or 5 large handfuls of mixed greens
5 slices bacon, cooked until crisp and crumbled
3/4 cup chopped cucumber
1/2 cup chopped yellow bell pepper
1 1/2 cups chopped cooked chicken
1 1/2 cups sliced fresh strawberries
1 large avocado, chopped
1/3 cup crumbled blue cheese, goat cheese or feta cheese
1/3 cup slivered almonds, sugared (see tips below)

VINAIGRETTE:
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon strawberry jam (a little less if you don't like sweet dressing)
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

Directions:

1. See the tip below to make the sugared almonds.

2. Place the greens in a large bowl. Add all of the other ingredients. In a small bowl, whisk together the vinaigrette ingredients. Drizzle in the vinaigrette a little at a time, as desired, and toss (you may not wish to use it all).

3. Divide among plates and serve immediately.

Tips:

*To make the sugared almonds: In a small skillet, heat 1 tablespoon brown sugar over medium heat until it begins to melt. Add the almonds to the pan and toss rapidly until the sugar coats all of the almonds and the almonds are lightly toasted. Sprinkle with a tiny bit of cayenne pepper, if you'd like to add some spice to them. Pour them out onto a glass dish and separate almonds with a fork. Cool until hardened and break into pieces.
*If you are preparing this salad as gluten-free: be sure to use GF varieties of bacon and jam, and use goat or feta cheese.

Source: RecipeGirl.com

More strawberry salads on the blogs that are lookin’ good:
Avocado- Strawberry Spinach Salad with Poppyseed Dressing by Gimme Some Oven
Strawberry- Cucumber Salad by Oh Sweet Basil
Quinoa Salad with Blueberries, Strawberries and Watermelon by Gluten-Free Goddess
Strawberry, Pistachio, Feta Cheese and Basil Salad by Cookin Canuck
Triple Berry Salad with Sugared Almonds by RecipeGirl

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  • Laureen wrote:

    This looks delightful!

  • Kevin (Closet Cooking) wrote:

    Salads like these are perfect for warm summer days!

  • Nutmeg Nanny wrote:

    Oh man! This salad is just packed with amazing flavor, I’m falling in love here 🙂 it looks really satisfying!

  • patsy wrote:

    This is totally my kind of salad! I might just make it and serve at our next family get together!

  • julie wrote:

    I can’t wait to try this….no nuts for us because of allergies but I will try it with roasted pine nuts or sunflowers seeds….looks very yummy

  • Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel wrote:

    Oh my gosh, Lori.. I want to stick my head into that big bowl of salad goodness and never come out! All those flavors sound so tasty and harmonious together. Plus, hello, anything with bacon and avo is good in my book 🙂

  • Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. wrote:

    Strawberries are one of my favorite additions to my salads! And then you went and added bacon and avocado which makes it even better!

  • Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet wrote:

    This salad just screams summer to me!

  • La Torontoise wrote:

    Lori, thank you!
    Did it; with all organic ingredients. Avocado gives texture. I used baby spinach leaves instead of mixed greens; for the vinaigrette: used raspberry vinegar; left out the strawberry jam (as the strawberries are so ripe and sweet) and the italian seasoning (as did not know which one to use; here – I’m very close to Italy and any supermarket offers not one but many types of italian seasoning, all with specific flavors; so, extremely hard to choose).
    Was a great eat for a hot weather.

  • Jackie @ The Beeroness wrote:

    That looks like the Worlds Most Perfect Salad.
    Beautiful!

  • RecipeGirl’s Mom wrote:

    I especially love salads in the summer with all the fresh produce available. This one looks not only colorful but yummy!

  • Kristin wrote:

    I was surfing your site looking for your recipe for your asian salmon (which I love), and came across this recipe. I made it for dinner and my husband and 2 boys loved it. This was a perfect dinner for a hot summer night.

  • Bev Loop wrote:

    Will definitely try this. Looks so refreshing but filling too. The balsamic, strawberry dressing will be something new for me but sounds really good.

  • La Torontoise wrote:

    Lori, thank you so much! I like simple, yet flavor-rich and delicious dishes. Will try this one out, however before going any further I have a question that you could possibly help with:

    I’m in the South of France right now, local strawberries have a very strong flavor, are dark red inside and are so sweet; if I’d add the sugared almonds to them, I would get two dominant flavors in a single recipe, therefore not sure if both would work well together. Was wondering if some freshly ground almonds would do a better job (as ground almonds will bring neutral flavor)?

    Now, regarding the cheese, I’d go for a mature goat cheese that is mature and firm in texture.

    Thank you. I’m so enthusiastic, can hardly wait to hit the farmers’ market tomorrow.
    All the best!!

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      Sure, or even just sliced, plain almonds would be perfect.