Here at Health, we’re all about satisfying salads that leave us feeling full, not deprived. Luckily this spring salad made with chicken, spinach, strawberries, and cashews is exactly that. The recipe makes use of vitamin-packed produce and healthy fats so you’ll finish your main feeling virtuous and satiated.Instead of using store-bought dressings that tend to be packed with preservatives and added sugars, we simply marinate the antioxidant-containing strawberries in extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice, and salt to bring out the fruit’s natural flavors. We also cook the boneless, skinless chicken thighs in grapeseed oil and a dash of chile powder for a spicy coating after they hit the skillet.RELATED: 32 Easy Chicken Recipes for Dinner TonightHeart-healthy oils aren’t the only superfoods in this salad bowl. The recipe also calls for all-star ingredients like spinach and roasted cashews. Spinach is a powerhouse veggie thanks to its impressive nutrient roster, which includes potassium, manganese, zinc, iron, folate, vitamin A, and vitamin C, to name a few.Cashews are also multifunctional when it comes to health benefits, offering a hit of monounsaturated fats plus protein. About 16 nuts translates to 5 grams of protein. Also great: Sprinkling cashews on top of your salad adds a crunchy bite that’s way better for you than carb-rich croutons.Ready to throw this fresh dish together? It only takes 25 minutes from start to finish. Make it for dinner guests, pack it for lunch, or bring it to a potluck picnic this season. It all works!


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25 mins
25 mins


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Instructions Checklist
  • Combine olive oil, lemon juice, and 1/4 teaspoon of the salt in a medium bowl. Add strawberries, and toss to combine. Let stand 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  • Sprinkle chicken with chile powder and remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt. Heat grapeseed oil a large skillet over medium-high. Add chicken; cook until chicken is cooked through, about 5 minutes per side. Let stand 5 minutes; chop into small pieces.

  • Place lettuce and spinach on a platter. Sprinkle with chicken, strawberry mixture, and cashews.

Nutrition Facts

337 calories; fat 22g; saturated fat 3g; cholesterol 90mg; fiber 3g; protein 26g; carbohydrates 10g; sugars 4g; sodium 554mg; iron 3mg; calcium 50mg.