Low Calorie Main Dish Poultry Salads

Balsamic Chicken, Feta, & Strawberry Salad

February 23, 2012

I created this salad on accident. I intended to make the balsamic chicken and top it with feta and tomatoes and have that be my main dish, but somehow ended up slicing the chicken and making Balsamic Chicken, Feta, & Strawberry Salad instead. I love it when a plan comes together! The strawberries go beautifully with balsamic and with chicken, this ends up being quite a filling salad to have as your meal.

Balsamic Chicken, Feta, & Strawberry Salad

So, how’s it taste?

I’m a big fan! My friend Denise gave me a ton of fresh strawberries and I put them to good use having this salad several times. They add a juicy freshness to the salad. The chicken is delicious and matches perfectly since it’s cooked in the balsamic vinaigrette. It’s lightly seasoned and doesn’t overpower the rest of the ingredients. I added seasoned croutons for crunch (and I love them…could eat the entire bag in one sitting). The feta brings a nice tang, but not too much since it’s the reduced-fat version. I can’t eat a salad without some kind of cheese. If strawberries in a salad isn’t your thing, try substituting tomatoes. I made this salad doing just that using chopped Roma tomatoes and it was pretty fabulous as well.

Keep in mind when you’re counting the nutritional value, it will vary depending on the brand of ingredients you use, especially the dressing and croutons.

Balsamic Chicken, Feta, & Strawberry Salad

balsamic chicken by Pillsbury, Simple Healthy Meals, March 2005
makes 4 servings
per serving: 304 calories, 6g fat, 31g carbs, 3g fiber, 30g protein

Ingredients:

Balsamic Chicken
4 boneless chicken breast halves (1 1/4 lb.)
2 tbsp. balsamic vinaigrette dressing
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
1/4 tsp. garlic pepper

Salad
1 package (5 oz.) Spring Mix lettuce or fresh spinach (or any mix of lettuce)
1/2 cup seasoned croutons
1/2 cup reduced-fat feta
4 cups large strawberries, about 16
balsamic chicken
1/2 cup balsamic vinaigrette dressing

Directions:

1. For the balsamic chicken, set oven to broil. Brush both sides of chicken breasts with dressing. Sprinkle both sides with Italian seasoning and garlic pepper. Place on rack in broiler pan.

2. Broil with tops 4 inches from heat about 10 minutes, turning once, until chicken is no longer pink when centers of the thickest pieces are cut.

3. Let chicken cool enough to touch. Slice it into bite-sized pieces.

4. Place all salad ingredients into a large bowl and toss. Divide into 4 servings.

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  • Julie @ Table for Two February 23, 2012 at 9:22 am

    this looks really good and healthy! I love balsamic on many things and what a great pairing of flavors you got going on here πŸ™‚

    • Leah February 27, 2012 at 3:29 pm

      Why thank you! I’m a big fan of balsamic, too!

  • Cassie February 23, 2012 at 9:56 am

    This is my kind of combination, Leah. I love EVERYTHING about this!

    • Leah February 27, 2012 at 3:29 pm

      Yay! and bonus it’s healthy!

  • Morgan February 23, 2012 at 10:41 am

    I make a similar salad sans the chicken allllllll the time. It was the catered salad at my friend’s wedding and I was immediately obsessed with recreating it!

    Mixed greens + lightly sauteed red onions + feta (never the pre-crumbled kind, always from a block!) + strawberries + walnuts + some sort of raspberry sweet onion poppyseed dressing. For a while I recreated the dressing by mixing the raspberry dressing and sweet onion dressings from Trader Joe’s, but they discontinued the sweet onion dressing. Raspberry alone is good, though!

    • Leah February 27, 2012 at 3:30 pm

      Red onions would be a great addition to this. I love red onions in salads and on sandwiches, too.

  • angela@spinachtiger February 26, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    I’ve been seeing strawberries in the grocery store here in Nashville, and it’s time to make this delicious salad and think like Spring.

    • Leah February 27, 2012 at 3:30 pm

      I’m so ready for Spring and all the yummy fruits that come with it!