Strawberry Avocado Chicken Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

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Strawberry Avocado Chicken Salad filled with fresh Berries, Feta, creamy Avocado, and Grilled Chicken. This light salad is topped with a healthy balsamic vinaigrette. The perfect healthy salad option for the summer, bring on the swimsuits! | joyfulhealthyeats.com #glutenfree

Strawberry Avocado Chicken Salad filled with fresh Berries, Feta, creamy Avocado, and Grilled Chicken. This light salad is topped with a healthy balsamic vinaigrette. The perfect healthy salad option for the summer, bring on the swimsuits!

How do you deal with anger?

When things aren’t fair, there is justification for your anger, and all you want to do is make that person pay for what they did to you?

Strawberry Avocado Chicken Salad filled with fresh Berries, Feta, creamy Avocado, and Grilled Chicken. This light salad is topped with a healthy balsamic vinaigrette. The perfect healthy salad option for the summer, bring on the swimsuits! | joyfulhealthyeats.com #glutenfree

We are going through a situation right now that is not fair on so many counts. We didn’t do a single thing except for trust a person and they deceived us for three years! And now, instead of them dealing with the consequences of their deceit, WE have to.

Everything in me wants to go crazy on that person. I’m not a cussing kinda girl but this situation has brought it out of  me. Especially because my husband is the one dealing with most of the “fall out,” I want to turn into momma bear and go a-wall on this person. They deserve it.

What do you do when you have every right to be angry?

Strawberry Avocado Chicken Salad filled with fresh Berries, Feta, creamy Avocado, and Grilled Chicken. This light salad is topped with a healthy balsamic vinaigrette. The perfect healthy salad option for the summer, bring on the swimsuits! | joyfulhealthyeats.com #glutenfree

That is the question I have been asking myself lately.

Anger is such an unhealthy emotion to hold on to. It can create bitterness and start to tear you up from the inside out. I know that. But at the same time I can’t help myself. I feel justified.

One of the ways I have found to break through that anger is praying, not for me, but for that person. Praying good things, blessings for them. When I first started doing that everything in me acted like a 2 year old throwing a temper tantrum … thrashing on the floor and throwing an absolute fit. I physically felt my tummy getting sick, my heart beating faster, and my blood pressure rising. But you know what, the next time it was easier. And the next time …

The anger that once had control on me is slowly losing it’s death grip. And believe me … it IS a death grip. Your anger is not hurting the other person at all … it’s hurting you!

Strawberry Avocado Chicken Salad filled with fresh Berries, Feta, creamy Avocado, and Grilled Chicken. This light salad is topped with a healthy balsamic vinaigrette. The perfect healthy salad option for the summer, bring on the swimsuits! | joyfulhealthyeats.com #glutenfree

Thanks for listening friends. Just really been struggling with that this week and needed to share.

Plus I think confessing and let others know what your struggling with, and or working through is healthy. Bringing things that are in the dark to light is healing and loosens their grip on your heart!

Ok, now onto to the yummy recipe. This was one of the first recipes I made in our new house and the first recipe I photographed! It was a little tricky because light in this new house is not the same as our old house, it’s a lot warmer with yellowish tones, so I had to do a little more editing. I guess I’ll just have to keep messing around with where I take my photos, who knows maybe I’ll end up in the bathroom taking photos! 🙂

Strawberry Avocado Chicken Salad filled with fresh Berries, Feta, creamy Avocado, and Grilled Chicken. This light salad is topped with a healthy balsamic vinaigrette. The perfect healthy salad option for the summer, bring on the swimsuits! | joyfulhealthyeats.com #glutenfree

Even though the photos were a little more tricky the recipe itself is easy peasy! It takes about 15 minutes to make, which is only because you have to grill the chicken.

This Strawberry Avocado Chicken Salad has a minimal ingredients but they are power house ingredients for the summer and each one plays a key role in this salad! The sweet Strawberry and creamy Avocado work perfectly together, then the feta cheese adds a tangy flavor, the pecans give you a nice crunch, smoky Grilled Chicken rounds the salad out, but the Balsamic Vinaigrette is the ultimate finishing touch. It is sweet acidic and perfect for this salad!

Light on calories, easy to make, and full of bold flavors .. this Strawberry Avocado Chicken Salad is sure to be a repeat salad this summer! I plan on keeping these ingredients on hand at all times so I can have it for lunch … um… everyday! 🙂

Bon Appetit my friends and happy weekend!

Strawberry Avocado Chicken Salad filled with fresh Berries, Feta, creamy Avocado, and Grilled Chicken. This light salad is topped with a healthy balsamic vinaigrette. The perfect healthy salad option for the summer, bring on the swimsuits! | joyfulhealthyeats.com #glutenfree

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Strawberry Avocado Chicken Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

  • Author: Krista
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 20 mins
  • Yield: 4-5 salads or 1 large salad
  • Category: Gluten Free, Salad, Poultry, Kid Friendly

Ingredients

  • 6 cups of baby spinach
  • 2 chicken breasts
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups of sliced fresh strawberries
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 1/4 cup pecans
  • 1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese

Balsamic Vinaigrette:

  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • salt & pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat grill to medium high heat.
  2. Season both sides of chicken breast with salt and pepper.
  3. Place chicken on the grill and grill each side for 5-6 minutes or until there is no more pink.
  4. Remove from grill and let sit.
  5. In the mean time, to a small bowl add balsamic vinegar, olive oil, dijon mustard, raw honey, dried basil, salt and pepper to taste. Whisk together.
  6. In a large bowl, add spinach, strawberries, avocado, pecans, crumbled feta cheese and then top with sliced grilled chicken. Serve with Balsamic Vinaigrette.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 salad
  • Calories: 253
  • Sugar: 12 g
  • Sodium: 260 mg
  • Fat: 16 g
  • Saturated Fat: 3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 17 g
  • Fiber: 3 g
  • Protein: 13 g
  • Cholesterol: 9 mg

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28 Responses
  1. I HATE feeling angry, or mad, or upset, and very often, because I don’t want that burden in my heart, I will turn the other cheek and just walk away. Not sure what this crappy person did to you, but he/she sounds awful! I’m sorry you are dealing with this. 🙁

    Hand me a fork, though… I need to dive into this beautiful salad!!

    1. Turning the other cheek is the way to go for sure… that way your hearts not carrying the baggage!

      Passing you a fork to this ridiculous salad now! 🙂

  2. I’m sorry that you and your husband are going through this. There is nothing more disappointing when someone you find out that someone you trusted has been deceiving you. I hope it all works out.

    On a different note, this salad looks wonderful. The perfect thing for a light meal.

    1. Thanks Dara! That means a lot, and definitely need the encouragement during this season! 🙂 AND so pumped you like my salad girl, this is definitely a ray of sunshine in the storm!

  3. Kathy Haswell

    Well Krista,
    You’ve done it again! I made your strawberry avocado chicken salad tonight and it was terrific!
    The ingredients worked so well together and the dressing was easy to make and delicious.
    Thanks for consistently providing such yummy and easy to make recipes.
    Kathy

  4. Taylor Johnson

    I am definitely making this for the summer! Have you gotten your little man to eat salad yet? Mine like it with out the lettuce- lol! Whatever works!

  5. The way I deal with anger is to try and focus on something else or exert my anger through exercise. Working out makes me feel so much better anytime I feel down! Hope this helps!

  6. tazie

    Love everything in the salad; I just substitute sunflowers seeds or walnuts. A big thanks for the balsamic dressing recipe; I’ve been looking for one with just the ‘right’ ingredients, yours fit the bill!

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