Fourth of July Red, White, and Blue Salad

by Andie Mitchell on June 27, 2013

red white and blue salad

I would love to say that I was feeling especially patriotic while making this salad, but really?

I was thinking about Panera.

strawberries

My friend and I ate there a few days ago, following our usual business meetings: TJ Maxx, coffee, Target, Nordstrom Rack…you get the idea. It’s vigorous—not for the faint of blood sugar. By 2pm, I was crashing. Panera seemed the nearest and quickest option, so in we went. She went with her old stand-by: Fuji Apple Chicken Salad, while I ordered the Strawberry Poppyseed and Chicken Salad (chicken, strawberries, blueberries, pineapple, Mandarin oranges, pecans, and poppyseed dressing). Five minutes later, I was in my glory. The salad, thankfully size-able enough for a hearty eater like me, was fruit-filled and super sweet, which I loved. If the options are sweet or savory, I am always picking sweet. Savory can go straight to bed as far as I’m concerned.

Since that lunch trip, I haven’t been able to get Panera’s fruit-focused creation out of my mind. Com-pletely normal, I’m telling you. Although it’s not quite the same (better?), this red, white, and blue number you see here has turned out to be quite the tasty take on it. It’s got strawberries, blueberries, and a few raspberries that I had on hand (though, they’re not called for in the recipe for the sake of ease—who wants to have to buy three kinds of berries for one recipe?). To the fruity mix, I added mixed baby greens, grilled chicken for some heft and staying power, crumbled feta for richness and a break from the sugar (what am I saying?), and—oh my gosh does this make life easier—a store-bought light honey Dijon dressing that I’ve been using lately in Mom’s salads.

red white and blue salad

Altogether, the flavor is fantastic—refreshing, sweet, and satisfying. Feel free to leave out the chicken and serve the greens, berries, and feta by themselves as a starter salad or a side dish. Perfect for any cookout, and certainly festive for the Fourth of July. Enjoy!

*Also recommended for a packed lunch!

 

Fourth of July Red, White, and Blue Salad

Yield: 4 Servings

Calories per serving: 350

Fat per serving: 13.8

Ingredients

  • 5 ounces mixed baby lettuces
  • 4 ounces feta cheese, crumbled (1 cup)
  • 1 cup sliced strawberries
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 12 ounces cooked chicken breast, sliced (grilled, baked, broiled)
  • 1/2 cup light honey Dijon dressing (I like Ken's Light Honey Dijon
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, toss the lettuce, feta, strawberries, blueberries, and chicken. Add the dressing and toss gently to coat all of the ingredients. Divide the salad among four large serving plates or bowls and sprinkle the top of each with 1 tablespoon pecans for garnish. Serve immediately.

Notes

Nutrition Information for 1 Serving (Calculated to include Ken's Light Honey Dijon Dressing: Calories 350, Total Fat 13.8 g, Total Carbohydrate 17.2 g, Dietary Fiber 5.3 g, Sugars 10.6 g, Protein 26.8 g

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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Jana June 28, 2013 at 1:47 am

Wow!!! So yummy!!! I have to try that!!! Happy Friday!!!

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Lauren @ The Highlands Life June 28, 2013 at 3:39 am

Yes, so perfect for a packed lunch! I love taking pretty, delicious food like this to work. It makes me so happy in the middle of a busy day to know I have a healthy, delicious meal like this waiting on me. Thanks so much for replicating this salad!

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Ashley Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine) June 28, 2013 at 9:16 am

I need to be better about planning out salads for lunches. This looks so good! My salads are always soggy and taste of refrigerator. I think I’m doing it wrong.

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Rose June 28, 2013 at 5:16 pm

I just added all the ingredients to my shopping list for next week! I can’t wait to try this.

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Jenny June 29, 2013 at 12:21 pm

Just got some great ideas for salads :p.

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Emily June 29, 2013 at 1:09 pm

I love those salads! I also realllllly love (and I thought you would too) a salad with mixed greens, chicken, green apple, blue cheese, and almonds (or pecans). I top it all off with Annie’s Natural’s light raspberry vinaigrette (or their light balsamic vinaigrette, it’s delish!).

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Andie Mitchell June 29, 2013 at 11:30 pm

Ooo that does sound great! Love the idea of the tart green apple with blue cheese–reminds me of a waldorf salad. I also used to buy that Annie’s dressing all.the.time and I really enjoyed it; I’m not sure why I stopped? It’d be a good light option for Mom, too :)

Andie

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Maddy July 8, 2013 at 3:39 pm

When you grill your chicken, do you just throw the breasts on the grill dry? I would love to know what the healthiest way is to prepare chicken breasts, baking, grilling, and broiling?

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Andie Mitchell July 10, 2013 at 11:24 am

Hey Maddy!

If I’m not marinating chicken breasts in some sort of sauce (those vary greatly), I usually just generously season the breasts on both sides with either Mrs. Dash seasoning, Montreal Steak seasoning, Lawry’s seasoning, or just plain ol’ salt and pepper, then grill them on my gas grill for about 8 minutes per side. No oil needed.

Hope this helps!

Andie

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Jen November 24, 2013 at 10:05 pm

Hi Andie, when you say gas grill, do you mean on the stove? What sort of grill do you own?

Love your website, layout and openness…would love to pick your brain sometime – so many questions! – but I’m guessing your a busy girl :)

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