Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Salad of Baby Spinach with Chicken, Strawberries and Mangoes with Balsamic Vinaigrette

I had to make a salad for my Bunco Group's Salad Supper!  That's a no brainer!  I have been infatuated with the strawberry-mango combo lately.  the mangoes take me back to the Caribbean, and the strawberries back to my childhood. I made this wonderful salad with Baby Spinach, chicken, strawberries, mangoes, and  walnuts with Balsamic Vinaigrette dressing. This is the small version, of the larger salad that I took to the Salad supper. This salad was the hit of the Salad supper! You have the sweet strawberries and mangoes, chicken, and the crunch of the baby spinach with a little radicchio peeking through, and walnuts topped with the tangy Balsamic vinegar dressing. Go ahead and add crumbles of feta, if you wish. There is nothing better for a lunch or light dinner. As the weather gets warmer, my husband will eat more salads like this.  You could even use asparagus!  Enjoy!

Ingredients Serves 8

8 cups to Baby spinach mix ( this mix a little radicchio), washed
1 lb of cooked chicken breasts, diced
2 1/2 cups strawberries sliced
2 med mangoes, diced. I used the smaller Ataulfo mangoes
1 c walnut pieces

Place washed spinach in large bowl or on large platter. Arrange, chicken, strawberries and mangoes over spinach.  Top with walnuts.  Drizzle with Balsamic Dressing right before serving!

Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing
6 Tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive oil
4 Tbsp Balsamic vinegar
4 Tbsp water
Pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients in a small jar with a lid and shake until well mixed or whisk all ingredients in small bowl.  Drizzle over salad before serving.


  1. What a deliciously, light and tasty salad. Just oozes summer. So easy, I must try it! My kind of food :-)

  2. Yep, "Hello summer," is what I hear too. It looks fantastic and has great ingredients. I love the chicken, strawberry, walnut combo especially.

  3. I bet this was VERY popular. Ladies love these kinds of salad. This one sounds so good. I like the combo. of mango and strawberries that you;ve been working with. Puts me in a summer frame of mind!

  4. Oh that looks beautiful! I wish I had this salad for lunch today! Copying it for tomorrow! :-)

  5. I would have loved to have this at bunco, wish I lived closer, I'd try and worm my way into your group. Yes, my husband loved the salad, it has lots of flavor and you could leave off the hot chilies if you don't like them. I am lucky I scored that package.

  6. Jill- Salads with fruit are a perfect light summer lunch!

    Christiane- We have had 1 day of summer, but I'm eating like it's summer:)

  7. Brandie-Yes, everybody liked this salad. I eat a lot salads in the summer, because they are so refreshing.

    Kate-Let me know how you like the salad. You can't go wrong with fruit and chicken, or just fruit.

    Gina-I wish that you lived closer, too. We need another person in our group. Do you want to commute to Chicago once a month:) We would love to have you!

  8. This is a recipe just for me. I like everything in it and I see how well it blends together.

  9. Comfy Cook -Thank you for stopping by and for your comments.

  10. ohh Becky this looks so tasty, and beautiful! Love your presentation and photo too!
    Thank you for sharing and have a blessed day!

  11. I like mango in salad but haven't try strawberry with balsamic vinegar yet. It looks like a lovely summer salad.

  12. Sandra- Thank you for your kind words

    Veronica- Strawberry and balsamic go very well together, the sweet and tangy!

  13. What a lovely salad, so refreshing with strawberries and mangoes, nice!

  14. What a gorgeous salad! I've never had mangoes in salad before, I'll have to try this out. :)


Print friendly