Grilled Chicken Salad with Strawberries, Pecans & Poppyseed Dressing

Lighten up with this grilled chicken salad with strawberries and pecans. We like to marinate the chicken during the day, and then when we come home, we just roast off the sweet and spicy pecans, slice up some strawberries and oranges and whip up a simple poppyseed dressing. Grilled chicken salad is a great dinner, and if you double the batch you can take some for lunch the next day! Oh, and be sure to make enough of our sweet and spicy toasted pecans!

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Spinach salad with oranges, strawberries, chicken, pecans, and feta, with a bowl of strawberries and pecans and an orange and a pitcher of poppyseed dressing

Grilled Chicken Salad with Strawberries & Pecans

  • Author: Bruce and Dina Miller
  • Prep Time: 1 hour marinade time
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Yield: salad for 2 1x



Ingredients for Marinated Grilled Chicken:

  • 1 chicken breast
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon sriracha sauce

Ingredients for dressing:

  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup champagne or white wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 3 tablespoons orange marmalade
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • Fresh cracked pepper
  • Pinch of sea salt

Salad Ingredients:

  • 4 oz. fresh baby spinach
  • 2 small clementine oranges peeled, pith removed and sliced
  • 8 strawberries sliced
  • ½ cup sweet and spicy roasted pecans
  • 2 ounces feta cheese, crumbled


A few hours before, or night before, add chicken to a sealable container, and add the ingredients for the marinade. Be sure to coat all sides and allow at least 1 hour to marinade.

Prepare sweet and spicy toasted pecans.

To grill the chicken, prepare the grill that you are using. Grill chicken for 3 minutes, then turn over. Grill for another 3 minutes and turn again, giving it a half spin, to create grill marks. Grill for another 3 minutes. Turn one last time, and grill for 2-3 minutes. Depending on the thickness of your chicken and the heat of the grill, you want to make sure chicken is done. For chicken breasts, check for 160 degrees internal temp, then pull off the grill, and cover with foil and allow to rest for 5 minutes.

While chicken is grilling make the dressing. Mix together all the ingredients, and taste. Adjust seasonings or add more mustard, honey or juice as needed. Set aside.

Slice strawberries, peel oranges and slice, and crumble feta cheese.

Uncover chicken and slice into bite size chunks. Prepare salad by adding spinach, strawberries and oranges to a plate. Arrange grilled chicken over the top. Add the feta, pecans and drizzle dressing over, serving additional along the side.




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Hi, we are Bruce and Dina Miller. We love to cook every night. We enjoy making a few healthy dishes, and also comfort food. We love crafting cocktails too! Come take a look, we would love to share our recipes with you.

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