Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Spinach salad with chicken, avocado and mango

This past Saturday my sister Liz and I hosted a baby shower for our sister Erin.  What to feed thirty-some lunching ladies?  A salad of course, and one that happens to match my new little nephew Liam's nursery(unintended but cool, and I am sure I'm the only odd person who noticed.).  It is also gluten and dairy-free, so most everyone can eat it.  We served an extra large batch of this salad  along with fresh berries and trail bread rolls from Lakewinds.  My thoughtful mother-in-law provided a decadent carrot cake from Buttercream to top it off.  It was a wonderful event to help prepare Erin for the arrival of her first child.  Liam could join us any time now, and we are all anxiously waiting!

This salad worked great for the shower but it is also one I often make just for myself or family.  It is very easy and doesn't take much time.  This is a good one to wrap up in a whole-grain wrap or large lettuce leaf when you are running out the door to softball or soccer practice, which in my family, we are doing every night these days.  To make a vegan, raw or side dish, just omit the chicken.

6 c. organic spinach chopped
2 organic free-range chicken breasts grilled and chopped
1 avocado chopped
1 mango chopped
1/2 c. pecans chopped
2 Tbsp. olive oil
2 tsp. white balsamic vinegar or fresh lemon juice
1 tsp. dijon mustard
1/2 tsp. honey
pinch of salt
pinch of black pepper

Place chopped spinach in salad bowl
Add chicken, avocado, mango and pecans
Whisk together olive oil, vinegar or lemon juice, dijon, honey, salt and pepper
Add dressing to salad and toss 



  1. Kathryn AtterberryMay 11, 2011 at 4:45 PM

    I'm so glad you posted this! I was hoping you were going to share this recipe. It as so good!

  2. Will make tomorrow!!! Cousin coming to town who is mostly Vegan...but will do chicken. So excited. Have all the ingredients in my fridge, even. Weird:-)

  3. This looks yummy!!! I will have to make this!

  4. This was so delicious...I can't stop thinking about it! It will be a regular meal of mine from now on. Thanks Emily! -Kate M

  5. My mouth is watering
    just thinking about
    how yummy this will be.
    Love the idea of using
    it as a wrap, too.
    xx Suzanne

  6. The best salad I have ever eaten! Hands down, nothing better. Thank you for sharing your amazing creations!

  7. I'm going to try this's sounds fabulous. I've just recently given up wheat and sugar, so I'm so happy to have found your blog via Privet and Holly.

  8. Brand new to your blog via Privet and HOlly aka Suzanne. :) I am wondering what fruit one could use to substitute the mango? I currently cannot have mango due to food sensitivities and health issues. Any suggestions?

  9. Welcome Gretchen! Strawberries are a great substitute for mango. Enjoy!

  10. Waverly and I are making this one for dinner for the family tonight! So excited to try it!! :)