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Asparagus Spinach Salad with Chicken

We love all the fresh fruits and vegetables that are available in the summer. This salad is one of our favorite because it packs in so much great produce, plus it's quick and easy on a warm summer day. —Joan Hallford, North Richland Hills, Texas
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pound fresh asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/4 cup prepared poppy seed salad dressing
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 8 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 3 cups shredded rotisserie chicken
  • 2 cups sliced fresh strawberries or fresh blueberries
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted

Directions

  • In a microwave-safe bowl, combine asparagus and water. Microwave, covered, on high until crisp-tender, 2-4 minutes; drain. Remove asparagus and immediately drop into ice water. Drain and pat dry.
  • In a small bowl, whisk dressing, orange juice, honey, orange zest and mustard until blended.
  • In a large bowl, combine spinach, chicken, strawberries, almonds, sesame seeds and asparagus. Add dressing and toss to coat.

Test Kitchen tips
  • If spinach isn't your favorite, try this salad with spring mix or a baby kale blend.
  • If you don't have almonds or sesame seeds on hand, try toasted pecans or walnuts, sunflower seeds, or even wonton strips to add some crunch.
  • Nutrition Facts
    2 cups: 267 calories, 13g fat (3g saturated fat), 66mg cholesterol, 151mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 3g fiber), 24g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 vegetable, 2 fat.

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    • Nicole
      May 6, 2019

      Honestly one of the best salads I've ever eaten! It's perfect for a spring or summer day. It's so refreshing . It has a perfect amount of citrus from the orange along with the sweetness from the strawberry and crunch with the almonds. I made it for dinner one night but this would be a great salad to bring to a party