A few years ago my friend Amy completely revamped her health by adding in exercise and changing the way she ate. Two years later, she’s lost a ton of weight (ten sizes!) and is now a marathon runner. When I started trying to get my health back after James was born, she was not only my inspiration but an incredible resource. She told me what kind of running shoes were best, took me with her to different work outs (I wish Bar Method was closer to my house!), and sent me tons of recipes. She gave me permission to share this salad as it’s one of my favorites. It’s healthy, delicious, and can easily serve a few or an entire party (I served it at my cousin’s wedding shower). 

Stawberry Chicken Salad
Baby spinach
Sliced strawberries
Chopped red onion
Raw pecans, crumbled
Shredded chicken
Dressing of your choice (Amy suggests organic honey mustard, I like vinaigrettes)

One of the best parts of this salad is how easy it is to tweak. I’ve used candied pecans, steak, different berries and several kinds of dressings. I try to keep it pretty healthy, though, and the ingredients listed above are my favorites.

I’ll usually make a few chicken breasts at the beginning of the week, and after I put some aside for kids’ lunches I shred the rest and store it in Tupperware so I can make the salad all week long.

Stawberry Chicken Salad

Annabel calls it “The Pretty Salad,” and I agree.

Stawberry Chicken Salad

Even my kids like it! They don’t always eat the onions, but I still consider it a victory.

I always used to joke that “Salad is what food eats,” but this salad definitely goes in my exception column. I’d love more easy salad recs!