When the weather is hot, nothing beats a light, cool salad. This Arugula Salad with Chicken is certainly light and cool, but it’s more. I like a salad that’s a full meal deal. Something with substance. Like this salad. It has a lot going on in it.
What’s better on a hot day than a cooool salad? This Arugula Salad with Chicken absolutely is spot on perfect not only for the rich taste, but also for the reason that this salad is a super Healthy Recipe with only 280 calories per serving.
Oh, and did I mention No Cooking? It all comes together in 15 minutes. 15 Minutes!
So let’s make it.
Ingredients for Arugula Salad with Chicken
- Baby spinach
- Gorgonzola cheese.
- Rotisserie chicken breast
- Dried cranberries
- Toasted almonds
- White wine vinegar
- Pomegranate molasses
- Dijon mustard
- Sea salt
- Black pepper
How to Make Arugula Salad with Chicken
I started with Arugula, but then I also added spinach. The two together are perfect.
One is light and peppery, and the other just has more texture and substance.
And why not have some fruit? Something pretty…. like dried cranberries. Both sweet and tart at the same time.
And then I thought for extra crunch, why not some nuts. And the kind? Well, almonds of course. Not the shaved type that immediately wilt with the dressing but toasted slivered almonds that hold their texture and crunch.
And for sure tomatoes. This, being summer, is prime time for the sweetest cherry tomatoes that just burst in your mouth with flavor.
I learned a long time to never refrigerate tomatoes. They just lose their flavor. Not sure if it’s due to the extreme cold, but they just never taste the same as they do when you leave them at room temperature. In fact, they even become a but mushy.
It’s not as sharp as Blue cheese. It’s just richer tasting and has a wonderful creamy texture.
And finally the dressing. No question that the right dressing really makes a salad.
A vinegar and oil dressing for this Arugula Salad with Chicken was just what it needed. But it also needed a touch of sweetness. Years ago I fell in love with Pomegranate Molasses.
It was in a salad that we had at Cass Winery in Paso Robles, CA. They combined Pomegranate Molasses, with vinegar and Blood Orange Oil. And I’ll tell you, it was the best salad dressing I’ve ever had in my life! It was tangy and sweet and soooo fresh tasting.
And so, Arugula Salad with Chicken. Enjoy the flavors of summer. And at 280 calories per serving, this is not only a super Healthy Recipe, but absolutely delicious as well.
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Arugula Salad with Chicken
Arugula Salad with Chicken is the perfect summer salad with peppery arugula, spinach, toasted almonds, dried cranberries, cherry tomatoes, fresh apples and gorgonzola cheese served with a slightly sweet and tangy Pomegranate Molasses and Blood Orange Vinaigrette.
Servings: 3 people
- 2 Tbsp White wine vinegar
- 1 Tbsp Pomegranate Molasses
- 2 Tbsp Blood orange oil
- 1 Tsp Grated lemon zest
- 1 Tsp Dijon mustard
- 2 Tsp Honey
- 1/4 Tsp Sea Salt
- 1/4 Tsp Pepper
- 1 Cup Arugula
- 1 Cup Baby Spinach
- 1/2 Lemonade apple, sliced thin Granny Smith can be substituted
- 1/3 Cup Dried cranberries
- 1 Cup Cooked chicken breast Shredded
- 3 Tbsp Toasted almonds
- 2 Tbsp Gorgonzola cheese
- 3/4 Cup Cherry tomatoes
- In a small bowl add vinegar, pomegranate molasses, blood orange oil, lemon zest, mustard, honey, salt and pepper. Whisk thoroughly.
- Add arugula and spinach to serving bowl and drizzle salad dressing over greens and lightly toss.
- Finish salad by adding apple slices, cranberries, shredded chicken breast, toasted almonds, cherry tomatoes and gorgonzola cheese.
Calories: 280kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 46mg | Sodium: 394mg | Potassium: 304mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 1350IU | Vitamin C: 12.3mg | Calcium: 81mg | Iron: 1.2mg