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Grilled Chicken and Spinach Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

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

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

More grilled chicken salads I love are Houston’s Grilled Chicken Salad tossed in a honey-lime vinaigrette and topped with a delicious peanut sauce, Grilled Romaine Corn and Chicken Salad with a salsa dressing and Grilled Chicken Salad with Strawberries and Spinach.

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 you just let it thaw in the refrigerator the day before you are ready to use it.

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

Grilled Chicken Spinach Salad with White Balsamic Vinaigrette

5 from 1 vote
3
Cals:183
Protein:17.5
Carbs:11.5
Fat:8
Chicken marinaded with lemon, garlic and oregano, then grilled to perfection and served over a colorful spinach salad. Topped with a white balsamic vinaigrette, does it get better than that?
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Salad
Cuisine: American
Chicken marinaded with lemon, garlic and oregano, then grilled to perfection and served over a colorful spinach salad. Topped with a white balsamic vinaigrette, does it get better than that?
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 20 mins
Yield: 4 servings
Serving Size: 1 /4th

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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.

Last Step:

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Nutrition

Serving: 1 /4th, Calories: 183 kcal, Carbohydrates: 11.5 g, Protein: 17.5 g, Fat: 8 g, Saturated Fat: 1 g, Cholesterol: 37 mg, Sodium: 101.5 mg, Fiber: 3 g, Sugar: 1.5 g

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69 comments on “Grilled Chicken and Spinach Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette”

  1. Only made the salad and served it with the basil crusted salmon. The salad dressing is simply amazing! Truly wonderful salad.

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    Valerie Chalhoub

    This was fantastic and so easy to make. The only thing is that mixing the dressing into the salad afterwards is a bit challenging. Next time, I will toss the vegetables and spinach with the dressing beforehand and serve he chicken on top. Definitely going on my list of favorites.

  3. I know this is an older post, but I was looking for a healthy chicken marinade for a spinach salad, and this one is awesome! I was a little skeptical given the minimal ingredients, haha, but the flavor is perfect! Fresh and tasty! Thanks, Gina!!!

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    terriwonders

    I Love the dressing and have made other salads with it. Do you have any idea what the calories are for just the dressing?

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    brittany karinja

    what would the WW old points be if i swapped out the spinach for iceberg,as i dont have it in the house right now.and took out the peppers and carrots.

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    Kristi Abbate

    I've made this a few times now, LOVE it! The salad dressing is amazing! You never disappoint 🙂

  7. Another fabulous meal!!! I love your website and have enjoyed every recipe I have tried, Keep em coming! THANKS!