Summer Salad with Honey Lime Chicken and Creamy Poppy Seed Dressing

By Ann Fulton

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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 Honey Lime 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 Honey Lime 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.
For the Dressing
  • 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
For the Summer Salad
  • 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.
For the Summer salad
  1. Layer the fruit and onion over the greens.
  2. Top with the chicken, and then sprinkle with the almonds and thyme.
  3. Drizzle with dressing, toss, and enjoy!
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  2. Kim @ Sunflower Supper Club

    I love a beautiful salad Ann and this one looks delicious as well! I can’t wait to make this dressing. I’ve been trying to find more uses for Greek Yogurt and this sounds great! Thanks so much for linking to the Weekend Potluck. Also, I noticed you listed us on your blogroll. THANK YOU so much! I feel so honored to be on that great list of fantastic sites. Hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend!

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