Chicken and Strawberry Salad with Strawberry Dressing & Walnuts

Chicken and Strawberry Salad with Strawberry Dressing and Walnuts

This summer salad just takes me to my happy place. I’ve made it twice in the past week. I cannot stop eating this yummy salad. I make up extra batches of it so I have leftovers for my lunch the next day. It sure does take the pressure off to eat healthy when the dish is ready to rock in your fridge. We try to eat healthy during the week, then we kick up our heals a bit on the weekend. This is perfect for a weekday dinner, or a nice lunch.

The chicken is cooked in an Asian sauce. I wanted to keep this simple since most of us are more rushed during the week. If you’re like me you’re juggling way too many things so easy dinners are the key to success.

Chicken and Strawberry Salad with Strawberry Dressing and Walnuts

I also think the key to any picnic success is keeping it simple as well. If you let things get too complicated they spiral out of control way too quickly. I find easy dishes and simple drinks are the way to go when it comes to packing up a picnic lunch.

We go on picnics with the family a couple of times a year in a place called Point Pelee. The tip of Point Pelee is the most southern point in Canada. I know right, just a fun little factoid of you. We live about 20/30 minutes from there depending on which way you drive. It’s a family tradition my Dad kicked off. We used to always take visiting relatives there when we younger. I’ve continued the tradition with my own kids.

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Chicken and Strawberry Salad with Strawberry Dressing & Walnuts #flavorsofsummer

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: Tons of salad!

Serving Size: Depends how hungry you are!

Chicken and Strawberry Salad with Strawberry Dressing & Walnuts #flavorsofsummer

An easy to make chicken salad recipe tossed strawberries, strawberry dressing and walnuts. Perfect for a picnic or potluck!

Ingredients

    For the Chicken:
  • 3 pieces of boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into cubes
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil, more if needed
  • 2 tablespoons Stir fry Sauce (I used a General Tao Sauce)
  • Salt and Pepper if desired
  • For the Salad:
  • 1 package of Baby Romaine Mix (142 g/5 oz size)
  • 2 cups strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 1/2 cup of walnuts, chopped
  • For the Strawberry Dressing:
  • 2 cups strawberries, tops cut off
  • 2 tablespoons walnut oil (use olive if you don't have walnut)
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice

Instructions

    For the Chicken:
  • In a frying pan, or wok, swirl the oil into the pan over medium heat. Let it start to glisten a bit.
  • Toss in the chicken and cook for about 4 to 5 minutes, or until the chicken is starting to turn brown slightly.
  • Add the stir fry sauce and cook for about another 1 to 2 minutes, stirring to evenly coat the chicken and brown it evenly as well. If you need to hit it with a bit more olive oil that's okay.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Remove from heat and set aside.
  • For the Salad:
  • Clean and dry your greens.
  • Toss them a large bowl with strawberries you've washed, hulled and sliced.
  • Add the walnuts.
  • For the Strawberry Dressing:
  • In a food processor combine the strawberries, walnut oil, honey and orange juice. Give it a whir until it becomes liquid. If you want to hit it with salt or pepper you can, I prefer it with no additions of seasoning personally.
  • Putting it all together:
  • Give your salad a nice toss.
  • Add the chicken.
  • Toss again.
  • Plate it or put it in mason jars for a picnic.
  • Don't hit it with dressing until you're ready to serve it.
  • You can eat right away, or pop them in the fridge for later. Or pop them in a picnic basket for a fun family outing
  • Once ready to serve hit it with the dressing.
  • Serve with a big old summery berry smile!

Notes

You can omit the chicken for a nice meatless monday option!

You can substitute beef if you like!

You can add blueberries! I did that last week and it was divine!

You can use lemons or limes for that hit of acidity in your dressing. I just tend to reach for oranges when making some dressings. I also use oranges to macerate fruit. So it tends to be my first choice for a hit of acid.

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Chicken and Strawberry Salad with Strawberry Dressing and Walnuts

Gorgeous right!! I just love this salad. Blueberries set if off nicely too. We did that last week and it was amazing. You can pop this salad in mason jars for picnics. Are you ready for the cute factor. They’re sort of adorbs.

Chicken and Strawberry Salad with Strawberry Dressing and Walnuts | Cravings of a Lunatic

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Don’t forget to visit all the wonderful blogs that are posting summer recipes this week as we lead up to the 4th of July. These blogs have such beautiful food to share! We’re all sharing picnic food that is sure to tempt and delight you!

Mother Thyme
Cook the Story
It’s Yummilicious
White Lights on Wednesday
{i love} my disorganized life
Jane’s Adventures in Dinner
Sweet Remedy
Big Bear’s Wife
Cravings of a Lunatic
Kokocooks
Katie’s Cucina
The Tasty Fork
Scarletta Bakes

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Comments

  1. 1

    A beautiful, summer salad. And even perfect for a picnic. Keep up the traditions. They are the best memories!

  2. 3

    Made it twice in a week?? That says it all!! Actually, the picture said it too. This salad looks fabulous!!

  3. 5

    Ahh that is a salad I d enjoy right now. I ll save it for October when strawberries are available again. Btw excellent idea with the virtual picnic, usually I am not into linky parties but that sounds like fun. =)

    • 6
      Kim Beaulieu says:

      It’s so good Helene. You must try it. It’s worth the wait for your strawberry season.

  4. 7

    I love this salad and I’d be happy to have this and nothing else at a picnic!

  5. 9

    Lovely salad. Thank you. Have a great day!

  6. 11

    Nice, summery salad! I sometimes used strawberries in salad, but usually roasted, and not as the dressing. Love the idea of strawberry dressing! We’re eating a ton of salads at the moment – just seems the thing to do. Good stuff – thanks.

    • 12
      Kim Beaulieu says:

      I love roasted strawberries on salad, or just snacking on. They are amazing. The dressing is so good. I just love it. Which is weird cuz I rarely like dressings.

  7. 13

    SWOOOOOOOOOON! Cannot wait to pick Strawberries next week!!!!
    :)
    V

  8. 15

    Whoa! Hold the boat! Lunie made something HEALTHY?! Let me go note this in my journal!
    Looks AWESOME, Chica!

  9. 17

    Oooooh….I love the color of that dressing.

  10. 19

    ooh we call this faery berry salad at my house, it’s my favorite!

  11. 21

    Chicken AND strawberries? Two of my favourites in one salad? Yes, please.

    • 22
      Kim Beaulieu says:

      You’re welcome for dinner any day of the week woman. Now the weekend is a different story. Bah ha ha. Okay you can come by twice on the weekends. So I can expect you when??

  12. 23

    Strawberries are so awesome in a salad.

    Now, if I can stop eating them and save some to put into the salad…..

  13. 25

    Lovely and light salad!! Beautiful photos… I love how you had that dressing pouring in the photos. :)

    • 26
      Kim Beaulieu says:

      Thanks so much Ramona. Mini-me was kind enough to help me out. She’s always the one with her hands in the photos. Lol.

  14. 27

    Oh my, I’m drooling at your chicken salad! I’ve never had strawberry dressing, bet it’s so delicious :) Great photos, love the action shots

    • 28
      Kim Beaulieu says:

      Thank you so much Shannon. I love weirder dressings. I’m not a fan of a lot of regular types. But fruity ones I totally dig.

  15. 29

    Yum! I love a good strawberry salad.

  16. 31

    As we start eating more salad in summer time, my challenge as home cook is that I don’t repeat the recipe too much (unless favorite of favorites). It’s important to keep it interesting. Love strawberry and chicken combo with the dressing!

  17. 32

    This salad looks AMAZING!!!

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