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Best Seasonal Balsamic Chicken Cherry Salad with Simple Dijon Dressing

When life is all about hustling, and you still want to eat healthy, try this Balsamic Sweet Dijon Chicken Cherry Salad. You can make the chicken ahead of time so you can take it on the go.
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When life is all about hustling, and you still want to eat healthy, try this Balsamic Sweet Dijon Chicken Cherry Salad. You can make the chicken ahead of time so you can take it on the go.

chicken-cherry-salad-on-a-white-plate-with-ingredients-around

It’s the first day of June, which means there is only two weeks left of school, more summer days to come, and delicious red fruit is in season. You must have seen these sweet, juicy red fruit in your supermarket! Sadly cherries are just seasonal, so enjoy them while they last!

Cherries are packed with antioxidants; they help reduce muscle pain and keep your heart healthy. This superfood can also help you sleep well. You can enjoy them just as they are, which makes a great snack, but you can also dress them up in quick chicken and cherry salad like this one. But cherries are not the only ingredient with delicious benefits. Olive oil is good for gallbladder health. It increases the production of pancreatic juices and the risk of gallstones decreases. Don’t forget the greens that make this recipe a salad: spinach. Spinach promotes healthy, glowing skin. It is low in calories but very high in nutrients and helps the brain and nervous system function.

Prep-ahead recipes are the best since it saves time day-of, especially if you’re cooking for a crowd. You can definitely prepare the chicken ahead of time and add the fruit and greens when you are ready to serve. The longer the chicken is marinating, the more flavorful it will be!

What do I need to make this recipe?

Cherries are a sweet treat in late summer, helping in exercise recovery and giving your body antioxidants!

Spinach supports your bones and helps to reduce blood sugar.

Avocado is rich in potassium, which helps to regulate fluid balance.

Feta cheese is rich in phosphorus and calcium, supporting bone health.

Pecans are filled with protein and fiber, both so beneficial to your gut!

Protein-packed salad recipes for maximum nutrition: 

Greek Salad with Grilled Chicken

Apricot Chicken Salad With Honey Mustard Dressing

Classic Chicken Caesar Salad and Homemade Caesar Dressing

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Best Seasonal Balsamic Chicken Cherry Salad with Simple Dijon Dressing

When life is all about hustling, and you still want to eat healthy, try this Balsamic Sweet Dijon Chicken Cherry Salad. You can make the chicken ahead of time so you can take it on the go.
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Course: Appetizer, Dinner, Lunch, Salad, Salad Dressing, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Allergy: Nut Free
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 514kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1 chicken breast, boneless & skinless
  • 3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp honey
  • ½ Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 pinch pepper
  • 1 cup cherries, pitted & sliced
  • 1 Tbsp feta cheese
  • ½ avocado, sliced
  • 1 Tbsp pecans, chopped

Instructions

  • Sprinkle salt and pepper over the chicken.
  • Whisk 3 Tablespoons oil, 1 teaspoon honey, 1/2 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar, and 1 Tablespoon dijon mustard. Add chicken and marinade for 10 minutes.
  • Sear chicken both sides until cooked through; about 10 minutes.
  • On a plate arrange 1/2 cup spinach, 1 cup cherries, 1 Tablespoon feta cheese, 1/2 sliced avocado, and 1 Tablespoon chopped pecans.
  • Slice and add chicken to the salad ingredients, then enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 514kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 24g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 80mg | Sodium: 335mg | Potassium: 859mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 196IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 73mg | Iron: 1mg

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