A delicious spinach salad, loaded with fresh blueberries, kiwi, red onion, balsamic baked chicken, pistachios, and creamy balsamic vinaigrette dressing.
Have I mentioned before how much I LOVE salads?? I pretty much could – and do – eat them every day! To the point where my kids will ask me why I eat so many salads. And my siblings will ask me to bring a salad to every family gathering. And if I don’t have any greens in the fridge, I will have a mini panic attack! Okay….not really. But since it’s my go to lunch, I will definitely have to come up with an alternate plan!
One of my favorite places to eat salads? At restaurants. I know that might sound crazy – like who orders a salad at a restaurant – but when you love salad as much as I do, you barely even make it past all the delicious options on that first page! I think it used to bother Jorden…he used to think that paying for salad was a waste of money…but he’s since realized there’s nothing he can do about it. It makes me happy!
My love of salads actually goes back to college, and probably even earlier. I remember taking FULL advantage of the dorm cafeteria’s salad bar. People would comment on my “monster salads” and I even earned the nickname “Salad Queen.” Now that’s something to be proud of! But here’s the deal. I don’t like a wimpy salad. I want it to fill me up and leave me satisfied! Which means it needs to be LOADED!
I’m not picky about my toppings….I like variety….but I am picky about what goes well together. I love including different meats, cheeses, nuts, veggies, and fruits, and I love experimenting with new combinations! And, of course, I’m a huge believer that the dressing ties it all together….and it better be good! Believe it or not, with this particular salad I was inspired by the colors first! I wanted it to be pretty….and then delicious. Hey – if food doesn’t look good, it doesn’t taste good, right?? At least that’s what this Salad Queen says….!
Pistachio Spinach Salad with Creamy Balsamic Dressing
Pistachio Spinach Salad
- 3 c. baby spinach
- 1/2 c. fresh blueberries
- 1 kiwi peeled and sliced
- 1/2 large chicken breast baked and sliced*
- 1/8 c. pistachios
- 1 slice red onion quartered
- *I covered my chicken in balsamic vinaigrette dressing and baked in a covered glass baking dish at 375 degrees for approx. 40 min.
Creamy Balsamic Dressing
- 1/4 c. sour cream
- 1/4 c. mayonnaise
- 3 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
- 1 Tbsp.minced red onion
- 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. sugar
- 1/4 tsp. pepper
Layer toppings over bed of spinach.
Combine all ingredients and mix until smooth.
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