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Spring Salad with Chicken

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This easy Spring Salad with Chicken is the perfect light meal for lunch or dinner with a flavorful lemon parmesan dressing!

This easy Spring Salad with Chicken is the perfect light meal for lunch or dinner with a flavorful lemon parmesan dressing!

This delicious Spring Salad with Chicken is light, nutritious, and easy! If you’re looking for a healthy meal that requires very little work, this is the recipe for you. These pack easily for lunches and can be thrown together quickly for a busy weeknight dinner!

This salad is simple with very few ingredients, and it’s topped with a homemade lemon parmesan dressing. The fresh lemon juice and zest brings a bold, bright flavor while the parmesan cheese adds a tangy, delicious taste. This dressing is super tasty and works great as a chicken marinade, too!

What’s in a spring salad mix?

Here’s a quick overview of what you’ll need for this recipe. For exact measurements, keep scrolling down to the printable recipe card below.

  • Chicken – Boneless, skinless chicken works best for this recipe. Use up leftover chicken or shred the meat from a store-bought rotisserie chicken to save time.
  • Greens – I used a pre-mixed package that included spinach, arugula, red leaf, baby butter, and more. You can use any lettuce you prefer.
  • Red onion – These are sliced thin and pack a big punch! If you prefer a milder flavor, dice them for less oniony flavor in each bite.
  • Avocado – Should be ripe but not too soft if you want it to hold up to tossing. This is optional and can be skipped, but it adds a beautifully creamy texture to the salad.
  • Shaved parmesan – The tangy, salty flavor from fresh parmesan really brings the best out of this salad and dressing! You can use grated parmesan if that’s easier, but I love the bite from the big shaved pieces of cheese.
This easy Spring Salad with Chicken is the perfect light meal for lunch or dinner with a flavorful lemon parmesan dressing!

Lemon Parmesan Dressing

  • Olive Oil – Extra virgin olive oils are usually more flavorful and best for dressings.
  • Parmesan – The grated, powdered parmesan incorporates easier into this dressing, but freshly shredded parmesan can work if it’s all you have.
  • Lemon Juice & Zest – A fresh, new lemon will produce the most flavorful zest and the most juice.
  • Salt & Pepper – This adds great flavor. If you want to add a twist, you can use seasoned salt instead of regular table salt. If you want some added flavor, add a few dashes of garlic powder, too.

How to make a spring salad with chicken

This is so easy, and it requires very little work! Simply halve the salad greens between two bowls, then top each with half the chicken, parmesan, red onions, and pine nuts. Drizzle two tablespoons of dressing on each and serve immediately.

Store

It’s best to make these salads fresh to keep the greens crisp. Prep the salad ahead of time by portioning out the chicken, onions, and parmesan into their own containers separate from the greens.

The parmesan dressing can be stored for at least a week in the fridge. This is the shaker I use–Super convenient for mixing and storing.

If you like this light salad, you’ll love these other easy salads:

This easy Spring Salad with Chicken is the perfect light meal for lunch or dinner with a flavorful lemon parmesan dressing!

FAQ’s about salads with chicken

What’s in a spring salad?

A spring salad usually has a mix of greens like spinach, arugula, red leaf and green leaf lettuces, etc. Stores often sell pre-mixed blends, but any salad greens will work for this recipe.

What are the best toppings for salad?

I love to keep it simple, but a few toppings add great variety of tastes and textures! Croutons and nuts add a great crunch while roasted vegetables add great substance and flavor. You could push this salad over the top with some bacon, sliced cucumbers, and chopped tomatoes!

How much salad dressing should you use?

Salad dressing is entirely a preference. Some people love to use a ton while others prefer to barely dampen the leaves. I used 2 tablespoons (1 ounce) per salad for a moderately dressed salad.

This easy Spring Salad with Chicken is the perfect light meal for lunch or dinner with a flavorful lemon parmesan dressing!

Spring Salad with Chicken

This easy Spring Salad with Chicken is the perfect light meal for lunch or dinner with a flavorful lemon parmesan dressing!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Course Salad
Servings 2
Calories 635 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 4 cups mixed salad greens
  • 6 ounces chicken shredded or sliced
  • 1/8 cup red onions sliced
  • 1 ounce parmesan shaved
  • 1 avocado diced
  • 2 ounces Lemon Parmesan Dressing (recipe below)

Lemon Parmesan Dressing

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup parmesan
  • 1 ounce lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper

Notes

Nutrition value below includes half the salad + 2 tablespoons of the lemon parmesan dressing.
The nutrition value for the lemon parmesan dressing alone:
Calories: 179g; Total Fat: 19.8g; Cholesterol: 3.6mg; Sodium: 463.9mg; Total Carbohydrates: 1g; Dietary Fiber: 0.1g; Sugars: 0.1g; Protein: 1.2g

Nutrition

Calories: 635kcalCarbohydrates: 16.9gProtein: 30.6gFat: 52.4gCholesterol: 75.9mgSodium: 782.4mgFiber: 10.5gSugar: 1.4g
Keyword avocado, lemon, parmesan, red onion, salad, shredded chicken
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