Summer Salad with Lime Honey Chicken and Creamy Poppy Seed Dressing

In Chicken, Easy Meals, Salads
by Ann on 12/09

A hearty salad with lots of flavor and texture is my idea of a fabulous dinner.  What’s more, this type of dinner can be healthy and light yet altogether satisfying.

Preparing your own dressing in advance plays a big role in making this meal delicious.  The addition of Greek yogurt is a natural way to lighten the dressing and enhance the flavor at the same time. Typically, I use this dressing on my favorite strawberry salad.  But I am finding new ways to enjoy it, and this salad tops the list!

While Lime Honey Chicken is a perfect topping and will really make this salad a meal, plain leftover grilled or baked chicken–even rotisserie chicken–will work well, too.

Summer Salad with Lime Honey Chicken and Creamy Poppy Seed Dressing

If you want to have a little fun with this recipe, sear the peaches and onion slices on the grill for a minute or two. This will concentrate their flavors and add a little something extra. I have also made this salad with avocado instead of blueberries–you may grill avocados, too–and pistachios in place of the almonds. Feel free to mix it up as you wish.

    Dressing ingredients:
  • 1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt (I use 0% fat; low-fat is fine, too)
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup non-fat milk
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons poppy seeds
  • 2 tablespoons tarragon or white wine vinegar
  • Salad ingredients:
  • Honey Lime Chicken, cut into strips or bite-size piece (chicken tenders work well, too)
  • peaches, sliced
  • blueberries
  • red onion, slivered
  • almonds, sliced or slivered
  • fresh thyme, chopped
  • romaine lettuce or greens of choice

    For the dressing:
  1. Whisk together the yogurt, mayonnaise, milk, sugar, poppy seeds, and vinegar.
  2. Store in a jar in the refrigerator, and shake well before using. Will keep for approximately a week.
  3. For the salad:
  4. Layer the fruit and onion over the greens.
  5. Top with the chicken, and then sprinkle with the almonds and thyme.
  6. Drizzle with dressing, toss, and enjoy!