Blackened Chicken Spinach Salad

Blackened Chicken Spinach Salad – light, nutritious and delicious, this salad is easy to make and great for lunch/dinner. Blackened-Chicken-Spinach-Salad

This blackened chicken spinach salad is made with spinach, juicy blackened grilled chicken, onions, blueberries and topped with Whole Natural Blue Diamond Almonds and light honey Dijon dressing.

You might already know that I love salads! They are super simple and quick to make and you can use your favorite seasonal ingredients. I’ll make a salad for lunch every day during the week, unless I go out to have lunch with friends.

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I already posted a blackberry and strawberry salad on the blog this summer. And what a surprise ? Today’s salad is made with fresh blueberries! They were the perfect addition to this spinach salad.

I haven’t been cooking with spinach lately.

But I recently found out that I have iron deficiency and I decided to incorporate it into some fresh salads like this blackened chicken spinach salad.

Greens and protein + some berries and nuts, seems to be the perfect combination for a healthier salad for me.

I’ve been in love with Blue Diamond’s Whole Natural Almonds! They aren’t roasted and have no flavor, but they are great quality and taste perfect! While I love them for a snack, I add them to salads for some extra crunch. You can use them for granola bars and trail mixes, too. I did need to hide them from my husband, when I saw a container of these nuts disappear in a few hours!

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Blackened Chicken Spinach Salad
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Blackened Chicken Spinach Salad
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 

Blackened Chicken Spinach Salad - a nutritious salad, great for summer.

Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 385 kcal
Author: Lyubomira from CookingLSL
Ingredients
For the blackened chicken:
  • 2 8 oz boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
For the salad:
  • 4 cups baby spinach
  • 1/2 small red onion , thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup blueberries
  • 1/4 cup Blue Diamond All Natural Almonds
  • 1/3 lb cooked asparagus
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese (optional)
For the dressing:
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp oregano
Instructions
For the chicken:
  1. In a small bowl combine all spices for the seasoning. Rub chicken breasts on all sides. Drizzle with oil.
  2. Preheat a gas grill to medium-high heat. Clean grates.
  3. Grill chicken for 4-5 minutes per side, until the temperature of the meat reaches 165F. Remove from the grill and let it rest for 3-4 minutes, then slice.
For the dressing:
  1. Combine all ingredients for the dressing in a small jar, close the lid and shake.
For the salad:
  1. Place spinach on a platter. Add blueberries, onions, asparagus, feta and chicken. Add almonds. Pour dressing on top and serve.
Recipe Notes

This is a nutritious salad, that makes 4 small servings, or 2 more generous servings.

Nutrition Facts
Blackened Chicken Spinach Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 385 Calories from Fat 261
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 29g 45%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 53mg 18%
Sodium 664mg 28%
Potassium 609mg 17%
Total Carbohydrates 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 6g
Protein 20g 40%
Vitamin A 69.1%
Vitamin C 16.1%
Calcium 11.9%
Iron 15.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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