My Favorite Go-To Summer Salads

It’s Summer! One of the best things about warmer weather is being able to uncover the grill and the return to easy, refreshing dinners. I like to have my husband grill a boatload of chicken over the weekend (like two of those frozen bags) so that I can use it in various ways throughout the week. It simplifies meals so much!


Today I’m sharing four of my favorite salad combos using grilled chicken. If you have it in the fridge, it’s quick and easy to slice up and toss on top when the dinner hour rolls around.

This first salad is named after Steph, from whom I get all my best go-to recipes:

Steph’s Salad

Toss Together:

Baby Spinach
Walnuts
Chopped Avocado
Feta Cheese
Grape Tomatoes, Halved (or Vine Tomatoes, Diced)
Grilled Chicken
Crumbled Bacon
Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing


This second salad is fruity and sweet:

Summer Salad

Toss Together:

50/50 Spring Mix and Spinach
Strawberries
Blueberries
Mandarin Oranges
Pecans
Dried Cranberries or Mixed Berries
Grilled Chicken
Poppyseed Dressing

This variation is sweet and savory:

Spinach Salad

Toss Together:
Spinach
Strawberries or Apples
Blue Cheese
Walnuts
Red Onion
Dried Cranberries
Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing

And the easiest “cheater” salad of all time:

Caesar kit + Grilled Chicken!

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That last one has been my go-to as the pace of life has gotten faster in the last few weeks. We’ve been stocking up on the bagged Caesar salad kits at the store, and adding grilled chicken on top. It takes less than 5 minutes from the time you open the fridge to the time dinner is on the table.

Enjoy!

Posted on June 10, 2015 and filed under Building Your Home.