I could pretty much eat some type of salad every. single. day. I love seasonal salads. I love creating salads with whatever I have on hand. And I especially love making salads that are a whole meal in one. This salad checks off all of those boxes. If summertime had an official salad - it would be this one! Crunchy lettuce, feta cheese, glazed pecans, grilled chicken, onions, bacon and fresh strawberries all combine to make the most amazing meal.
And I am topping it all of with one of the Marzetti® Simply Dressed® Salad Dressings are just that: simple. They are made with extra virgin olive oil, sea salt and canola oil, which provides omega-3 ALA. They don't contain preservatives, trans fat, high fructose corn syrup, added MSG or artificial flavors.
This particular salad was inspired by the one that I enjoy from a chain fast-food restaurant. It's a seasonal menu item there but now we can enjoy it all summer! Plus, I think this Marzetti® Simply Dressed® Balsamic Salad Dressing really makes this salad special and way better to eat at home! Psssst: Scroll down to the bottom to enter a $50 Visa Gift Card Giveaway!!
1 (5 oz.) bag Spring Mix greens
1 pint fresh strawberries, thinly sliced
1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
1/4 cup dried berries (cranberries or cherries)
1/2 cup Feta cheese crumbles
1/2 cup praline pecans
4-6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
1-2 grilled chicken breasts, sliced
Marzetti® Simply Dressed® Balsamic Salad Dressing
Note: To make this even easier, you can use the grilled and sliced chicken breasts that are in the refrigerated and frozen section of the grocery store. Also, I found these praline pecans over in the snack aisle. Finally, you can use microwaveable bacon as well.
Place spring mix greens into a large bowl or large platter. Remove tops of strawberries and slice thinly. Thinly slice red onions.
Tip: When using raw onions, soak the sliced onions in ice water for a few minutes before serving. This will help with the onion tasting too pungent and overpowering the rest of the dish.
Add sliced onions to salad and sprinkle with dried berries, Feta cheese crumbles, praline pecans, sliced strawberries, bacon and sliced chicken. Then drizzle Marzetti® Simply Dressed® Balsamic Salad Dressing on top (as little or as much as you like.)
And dig in!
Seriously - this WILL be your new favorite salad!
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