Chicken Feta Walnut Grape Chopped Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

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A super easy healthy salad recipe that is packed with flavor, Chicken Feta Walnut Grape Chopped Salad topped with a homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette.

So … basically I’m feeling like an emotional wreck! Do you ever have days like that or am I alone?

I have to say its not my fault though. I’m on these pills to get me preggers and they basically trick my body into producing more estrogen. But still… its definitely sucks to feel like you’re not “in control” of your emotions.

I’m just feeling super irritable one minute and then the next I want to cry. Super normal right?!? {crying in the corner}

So all in all.. I’m a real buddle of joy. {sorry hubbie :)}

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Anywho, this morning on the way to work I was crying in the car.

What you don’t cry on the way to work? Pppff .. weirdo!

A song came on and the lyrics just hit me to the core:

Got so much on your mind
Nothing’s really going right
Looking for a ray of hope
Whatever it is you may be going through
I know He’s not gonna let it get the best of you

You’re an overcomer
Stay in the fight ‘til the final round
You’re not going under
‘Cause God is holding you right now
You might be down for a moment
Feeling like it’s hopeless
That’s when He reminds You
That you’re an overcomer
You’re an overcomer

Everybody’s been down
Hit the bottom, hit the ground
Ooh, you’re not alone
Just take a breath, don’t forget
Hang on to His promises
He wants You to know
You’re an overcomer

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With all the crazy stuff that has been going on this past year I know that He still holds me in the palm of his hand. Even though sometimes the world feels like its caving in on me, he still whispers to me “I’m here.”  Such HOPE instead of a feeling of despair.

Towards the end of the song I just found myself fist pumping in the car and believing…  I’M AN OVERCOMER! 🙂

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Speaking of overcomer!

This Chicken Feta Walnut Grape Chopped Salad will definitely overcome any issues or dislike of “rabbit food” aka Salad that you might have.

My husband now claims that this is hands down his favorite salad recipe that I’ve made. Which is funny because the last salad I made thats what he said.  So either he has short term memory loss or… I am just that amazing of a cook and just keep out doing myself. bahaha… 🙂

But for real! This salad has everything you want in a salad. Vegetables, fruit, protein, dairy, nuts, and a tangy sweet vinaigrette. Basically .. its gonna rock your socks off and you need to go make it now!

Chicken Feta Walnut Grape Salad with Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette | www.joyfulhealthyeats.com #glutenfree #paleofriendly

Chicken Feta Walnut Grape Salad with Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette | www.joyfulhealthyeats.com #glutenfree #paleofriendly

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Chicken Feta Walnut Grape Chopped Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

  • Author: Krista
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 15 mins
  • Yield: 4-6
  • Category: Gluten Free, Salad, Side Dishes, Poultry

Ingredients

  • 10 oz. of fresh spinach
  • 3/4 cup of walnuts
  • 1 cup of black or red grapes, halved
  • 3/4 cup of granny smith apples, diced
  • 3/4 cup of crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 cooked chicken breast, diced

Balsamic Vinaigrette:

  • 2 tablespoon of mustard
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon of honey
  • 1 teaspoon dry basil
  • 1/4 cup of balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup of olive oil
  • salt & pepper

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, mix together mustard, balsamic vinegar, dry basil, honey, salt & pepper. Slowly add in olive oil. Mix until emulsified {thick and you can’t see the oil & vinegar separation}
  2. In a large salad bowl, add spinach, walnuts, grapes, chicken, and feta cheese.
  3. Serve with dressing on the side. 🙂

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41 Responses
  1. Girl, you are a true rockstar, and I’m here to remind you of that.
    You have a beautiful family, a great job and you run this very successful blog. Seriously, you’re like Wonder Woman!

    About this chopped salad: chicken, feta, walnuts, grapes, greens and an awesome vinaigrette…this is totally a Wonder Woman Salad. Ha!

    1. haha Thanks Mike! Sometimes you just need a good reminder from a friend or a good song on the radio. 🙂

      Hope you get a chance to try this Wonder Woman Salad, all the flavors together are amazing!

  2. Krista, this salad looks absolutely delicious and your photos are amazing! And, it’s totally okay to cry in the car when you’re listening to such a powerful song. It shows your faith is strong and you have an enormous heart! Have a great weekend!

  3. wilma

    this salad looks so delicious and its so simple to do.
    never forget those lyrics, they have helped me in times when i feel a little emotionally wrecked, another song that i love is Thrive from Casting Crowns. God bless : )

  4. Well, to make you feel better…yes we all have those days and most of us cannot blame those pills. So there! This chicken salad has all of my faves and reminds me of a salad my mom used to make growing up. So delish!

  5. Krista, you just gave me goose bumps… you are so strong! You always inspire me. With your beliefs and not to mention your delicious creations. I have to say, that with the looks of this amazing recipe, this has got to be beyond drool worthy!

  6. I remember when I was in the hospital last fall and was on about 50 pain medications, NO control of my emotions. Cried or flipped out over the littlest, craziest things. My husband must have thought I was a real peach! You are such an amazing woman Krista, don’t let those emotional days get you down, something good will come out of it in the end. This salad is all sorts of wonderful and I will definitely be making it for dinner next week! Love the photos!

    1. Ohh… 50 pain meds!! Eek… glad you got through it girl thats rough.

      You are so sweet thank you for the encouragement Danae, you are so right. Something good will come in the end. 🙂

  7. I love this salad it just looks so tasty. I have everything except olives and think this is gonna be my dinner!
    Just so you know…I’m crying all the time for no apparent reason. Haha It’s tough to be a female 😀 Best of luck to you, Krista.

  8. There are songs in the car that just get to me!! The first time I heard Carrie Underwood’s “Just a Dream” I was driving home from work and I just balled. It just made me think of losing my husband. SO I totally get it!!

  9. Girl, you ARE an overcomer!! You must be a “K-Love” fan!! (or is that just a local radio station, I’m not sure…..) Anyway, hang in there, there is light at the end of the tunnel! Take this salad for instance!!! This looks like a real pick-me-upper. It looks so fresh, juicy and good-for-you-yummy!!! I am all over it! 🙂 🙂

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