Chicken and Fruit Salad With Poppyseed Dressing Recipe

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Chicken and Fruit Salad With Poppyseed Dressing Recipe – delicious spinach salad bursting with fresh berries, citrus, poppyseeds, and tender, juicy chicken!

Picture of spinach salad with grapes, strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, chicken, poppy seeds, hemp hearts, and a citrus poppyseed dressing on a black plate.

This salad is bursting with fresh berries, grapes, and tossed in a freshly squeezed citrus dressing for delicious, light, and craveable spinach chicken and fruit salad the whole family will love.

The best part about this salad is you can use any kind of chicken – rotisserie chicken breast, leftover grilled or baked chicken breasts, chicken thighs – the sky is the limit!

I’m including my favorite chicken recipes to serve with this dish – as well as how to make a knockout citrus poppyseed dressing that doubles as an amazing chicken marinade.

Be sure to read through all of my information in my post if you’d like more of these ideas – as well as tips on how to serve and store this salad safely!

Just Take Me To The Chicken and Fruit Salad Already!

Readers on my site have all sorts of experience and comfort in the kitchen – so I try to provide as much information as possible in my recipes.

If you’d like to skip over my tips and tricks and get straight to the recipe, please scroll to the bottom of the page, just above comments, where you will find my easy printable recipe for this knockout chicken and spinach fruit salad with a dreamy citrus poppyseed dressing!

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Easy Citrus Poppyseed Dressing Recipe

If you’re looking for a delicious, easy, slightly sweet, and bright citrus salad dressing, this is my absolute favorite.

This dressing can be stored in an airtight container in your refrigerator for up to one week.

To store longer or make in bulk to freeze, I like to pour this dressing into ice cube trays, then let them defrost when I need it – go ahead and whip up a big batch of this dressing!

This citrus poppyseed dressing is fabulous on chicken, fish, steak, vegetables, pasta, rice, and in cous cous – and as a fabulously fresh marinade. The sky is the limit!

Citrus Poppyseed Dressing Recipe

  • 1/3 c. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 c. freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 tbsp fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 1 tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 3 T. honey
  • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp. poppy seeds

In a small bowl, whisk ingredients together until well combined.

I personally love to make a big batch of this dressing and put it in an easy to use container for later in the week – find my favorite in my amazon must-haves list here!

Picture of spinach salad with grapes, strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, chicken, poppy seeds, hemp hearts, and a citrus poppyseed dressing on a black plate.

What Chicken To Use in Fruit Salad

If you’re looking for delicious and easy recipes for chicken to use in this fruit salad, I have a ton of options!

I try to stick to plainer chicken recipes (spicy buffalo chicken, tomato braised chicken, and chicken with tons of intense flavor are not great with fruit – stick to simple grilled or baked preparations) so they don’t overpower the fruit and citrus dressing.

For tons of easy chicken recipes, please visit my Chicken Archives – or check out some of the recipes I’m recommending below.

The Best Chicken Recipes for Salads

The best recipes for chicken salads - baked, grilled, or stir fried chicken breasts, chicken thighs, shredded chicken, and more - perfect for salads!

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The Best Baked Chicken For Salads

If you’re looking for the best baked chicken recipe ever – look no further.

This chicken is so easy – season, pop in the oven (or pre-sear for a lovely golden color), and bake!

For salad, I like to dice my baked chicken into 1″ bites so it is easy to eat.

Make sure to let chicken cool for 10 minutes to prevent all the juices running out when you cut it up for this salad – I actually prefer using leftover chicken for this salad from the day before!

Find my recipe for the Best Baked Chicken Breasts Ever here.

The Best Grilled Chicken for Salads

If you’re looking for a summery grilled option for your chicken breasts, look no further than my delicious and super easy Grilled Chicken Breasts recipe!

This chicken is simple – (just marinate, grill, eat!) and works in so many recipes.

I love the smokiness of grilled chicken with fresh fruit and spinach – it really pulls out the sweetness of the berries, and balances the tart kick from the citrus.

Find my recipe for the Best Grilled Chicken Breasts Ever here.

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Other Delicious Salads You’ll Love:

If you love this chicken fruit and poppyseed spinach salad as much as I do, please check out some of my other favorite salad recipes!

You can visit my salad recipe archives here.

The Best Easy Salad Recipes

The best easy salad recipes - chicken salads, beef salads, keto salads, shrimp salads, and more easy and quick salad recipes the whole family will love.

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Chicken and Fruit Salad With Poppyseed Dressing Recipe

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A delicious combination of chicken and almonds in a refreshing fruit salad.

Chicken and Fruit Salad With Poppyseed Dressing Recipe

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Chicken and Fruit Salad With Poppyseed Dressing Recipe - delicious spinach salad bursting with fresh berries, citrus, poppyseeds, and tender, juicy chicken!

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, mix salad.
  2. In a medium sized bowl, add all dressing ingredients and whisk well to combine.
  3. Toss salad in dressing just as you are ready to serve.
  4. Enjoy!
Nutrition Information
Yield 4 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 436Total Fat 28gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 23gCholesterol 45mgSodium 293mgCarbohydrates 29gFiber 5gSugar 21gProtein 23g

Nutrition is automatically calculated by Nutritionix - please verify all nutrition information independently and consult with a doctor or nutritionist for any and all medical and diet advice.

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  1. This is not only gorgeous but absolutely delicious! The dressing is so flavorful and a perfect addition.