This Berry Delicious Chicken Avocado Salad is my very favorite salad. While I don’t always add chicken, I do always make my own vinaigrette. Today I’m sharing how to make my strawberry balsamic vinaigrette. It’s a wonderfully fruity compliment to this tasty, healthy, and satisfying salad.
I’ve always been a salad lover, but just over the past five years, I’ve become a “mixed” salad lover. By mixed I mean sweet and savory flavors together in one bowl. For me, it was always a savory vegetable salad I would gravitate towards, and nothing more.
But now, fast forward five years and I can’t seem to get enough of a good “mixed” salad.
This recipe for Berry Delicious Chicken Avocado Salad with Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette is everything I “thought” I didn’t enjoy in a salad and it’s now a salad that I can’t help but crave! HaHa! Go figure. 🙂
**Please Note – The printable recipe card with detailed instructions and complete ingredient measurements for making Berry Delicious Chicken Avocado Salad with Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette is available near the end of this post.
The ingredient list for making this Berry Delicious Chicken Avocado Salad with Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette is totally dependent on your tastes and preferences. This is what I used;
- assorted lettuces (I used a mesclun mix) but use your favorite variety of lettuce
- sliced red onion
- fresh raspberries
- fresh blueberries
- fresh blackberries
- shredded rotisserie chicken (skin removed)
- Parmesan cheese
- strawberry balsamic vinegar
- avocado oil
- Dijon mustard
- minced garlic
- salt and pepper
For information regarding mesclun baby lettuce mix (such as flavors and nutrition) check out this article from Fine Cooking.
I like to mix my vinaigrette in a shaker bottle and dress the salad lightly, just before serving. Sometimes I like to mix up a big batch of the vinaigrette and keep it on hand for the upcoming week.
I’ve used many different flavors of balsamic vinegar and oils for a vinaigrette variation. Surprisingly enough, a small change-up of flavors can make a BIG difference in the flavor of the dressing.
The ratio for making a homemade vinaigrette is always two parts oil to one part vinegar. Feel free to use your favorite oil. In the past, I’ve enjoyed walnut oil, pistachio oil, almond oil, and even pumpkin seed oil. Of course, avocado oil and olive oil are always a winning choice.
Flavored oils and balsamic vinegar are some of my favorite things. As far as balsamic vinegar’s go, I’ve used strawberry, peach, blood orange, blueberry, raspberry, chocolate, vanilla and the traditional balsamic.
Hungry for more Kudos Kitchen healthy fruit and veggie salads? Yes? I was hoping you’d say that! Please click on the following recipe titles to be taken directly to some of my other favorite salads;
- Heart Healthy Avocado Mango Salad
- Autumn Harvest Chopped Fruit and Vegetable Salad
- Summertime Chopped Salad
- Roasted Golden Beet and Broccoli Salad
Below is the printable recipe card for today’s Berry Delicious Chicken Avocado Salad with Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette. If you enjoy this recipe and are anxious to give it a try, I’d appreciate if you’d take a moment to give this recipe some feedback by way of stars near the comment section at the end of this post, OR in the recipe card feature itself. Thank you so very much! 🙂
A little sweet, a little savory, and a whole lot of tasty goodness. This salad makes a perfect light main course for when you're trying to eat lighter.
- 4 cups assorted baby lettuce leaves, or your favorite lettuce
- ½ cup fresh raspberries
- ½ cup fresh blueberries
- ½ cup fresh blackberries
- 2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken, optional
- 1 ripe avocado, cut into chunks
- ¼ cup thinly sliced red onion
- ½ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
- pinch salt, I like pink Himalayan
- pinch pepper, or to taste
- ¼ cup strawberry balsamic vinegar, or your favorite balsamic flavor
- ½ cup avocado oil, or extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1 clove garlic, minced
Toss the first ten ingredients into a large bowl. Chill.
In a jar with a tight-fitting lid, add the balsamic vinegar, oil, Dijon mustard, and garlic. Shake well to combine.
Lightly drizzle the vinaigrette over the chilled salad and serve.
This salad can be made with or without the chicken.
Double the vinaigrette dressing ingredients to make enough for the entire week (or longer). Store the vinaigrette in the refrigerator and bring to room temperature before serving.
Tools and equipment;
large bowl, salad tongs, measuring spoons, measuring cups, chef's knife, and cutting board.
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