Strawberry Spinach Salad with Grilled Chicken and Gorgonzola

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Grilled Chicken and Gorgonzola

Spinach Salad marinates in fresh strawberry balsamic vinegar before being topped with strawberry slices, grilled chicken, lemon zest and gorgonzola cheese, resulting in a flavorful and fresh salad.

On Valentine’s Day, I wanted to try something a little different approach to our family meal. I wanted something fresh tasting and healthy. Spinach doesn’t make it to our table a whole lot for reasons unknown really. I love a good spinach salad but always afraid the kids with give me that Ewww!!!! comment.


One way that I’ve found that works and the kids seem to really enjoy having fresh spinach  is to marinate it in the dressing for awhile before I serve it. In this way, the spinach gets a little bit of extra flavor at the last minute before serving, resulting in a very fresh and still crisp salad.

The addition of oranges, dried cranberries, and sunflower seeds lends texture and complexity at the same time as sweet, tart, and nutty goodness.

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Grilled Chicken and Gorgonzola

 Serves: 6

Dressing:

  • 1 Tablespoon balsmic vinegar
  • 6 strawberries hulled and sliced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon tarragon
  • 1/4 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup sliced toasted almonds (optional)

Salad:

  • 8-10 ounce bag fresh spinach leaves
  • 1/4 cup sliced red onion
  • 1/2 cup sliced strawberries
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, grilled
  • crumbled Gorgonzola cheese

Instructions:

  • Create the dressing by adding balsamic vinegar, strawberries, salt, pepper, tarron, sugar and lemon zest to food processor or blender. Blend until well pureed.
  • While blending, slowly drizzle the olive oil into the dressing.
  • Place in a mason jar with lid and refrigerate until ready to use.
  • Prepare the salad: spinach, red onion, sliced strawberries. Drizzle some dressing over the top. Mix lightly. Add grilled chicken and Gorgonzola cheese. (I have an easy way to “grill” the chicken for those of you who don’t have an indoor or outdoor grill that I’ll write up in another post. It’s so easy!)

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Grilled Chicken and Gorgonzola

February 16, 2012
: 6
: 15 min
: 10 min
: 25 min
: Easy

Spinach Salad marinates in fresh strawberry balsamic vinegar before being topped with strawberry slices, grilled chicken, lemon zest and gorgonzola cheese, resulting in a flavorful and fresh salad.

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Ingredients
  • Dressing:
  • 1 Tablespoon balsmic vinegar
  • 6 strawberries hulled and sliced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon tarragon
  • 1/4 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup sliced toasted almonds (optional)
  • Salad:
  • 8-10 ounce bag fresh spinach leaves
  • 1/4 cup sliced red onion
  • 1/2 cup sliced strawberries
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, grilled
  • crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
Directions
  • Step 1 Create the dressing by adding balsamic vinegar, strawberries, salt, pepper, tarron, sugar and lemon zest to food processor or blender. Blend until well pureed.
  • Step 2 While blending, slowly drizzle the olive oil into the dressing.
  • Step 3 Place in a mason jar with lid and refrigerate until ready to use.
  • Step 4 Prepare the salad: spinach, red onion, sliced strawberries. Drizzle some dressing over the top. Mix lightly.
  • Step 5 Add grilled chicken and Gorgonzola cheese. (I have an easy way to “grill” the chicken for those of you who don’t have an indoor or outdoor grill that I’ll write up in another post. It’s so easy!)

This is a great salad to make for Valentine’s Day! You’ll find more recipe sharing and tips on my Facebook page. For my previous meal plan ideas, you’ll find them here on my blog or grouped together on my Pinterest board. And don’t forget to check out my newly designed Recipe Index for our family’s favorite recipes.

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