Grilled Chicken and Spinach Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

Chicken marinaded with lemon, garlic and oregano, then grilled to perfection. Served over a colorful salad with a white balsamic vinaigrette, does it get better than that?

And trust me, you’ll never make grilled chicken any other way. This is my favorite marinade for grilled chicken, the longer it marinates the better.  You can even freeze the chicken in the marinade when you first buy it, then let it thaw in the refrigerator the day before you are ready to use it.

This recipe was first posted in 2008, I’m slowly re-photographing my older recipes with slight adjustments if needed to bring light to recipes otherwise hidden in the archives. Hope you enjoy!

Grilled Chicken Spinach Salad with White Balsamic Vinaigrette
Servings: 4 • Serving Size: 1/4th • Points +: 5 pts • Smart Points: 4
Calories: 183.1 • Fat: 8.1 g • Protein: 17.5 g • Carb: 11.7 g • Fiber: 3 g • Sugar: 1.7 g
Sodium: 101.7 mg (without salt)


  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (3 oz each)
  • 7 oz bag baby spinach
  • few thin slices of red onion
  • 1/2 sweet red bell pepper, sliced into strips
  • 1 1/2 cups grape tomatoes sliced in half
  • 1 carrot, sliced into ribbons

For the Marinade:

  • 2 tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp garlic, crushed
  • kosher salt to taste
  • fresh ground black pepper to taste

For the White Balsamic Vinaigrette:

  • 1/4 cup basil leaves
  • 3 tbsp white balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp chopped shallots
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • pinch salt and freshly ground black pepper


    Combine the marinade ingredients – lemon juice, oregano, garlic puree, salt and black pepper and pour over chicken, let it marinade in the refrigerator a minimum of two hours, but preferably 4-6 hours or longer.

    Place all the vinaigrette ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Set aside.

    Preheat an indoor or outdoor grill to medium-high, make sure your grates are clean and lightly oiled to prevent sticking. When the grill is hot, lay the chicken on the grill. Cook the chicken until well browned on both sides and firm, but not hard to the touch. Transfer to a plate when done.

    Divide spinach, onions, carrots, tomatoes and peppers on 4 plates. Top with the chicken and drizzle with balsamic dressing over each.