Salad with Berries, Grilled Lemon Chicken, Feta and Homemade Poppy Seed Dressing

The tartness of the blackberries and sweetness of the strawberries pair beautifully with the tang of the grilled lemon chicken.


Salad with Berries, Grilled Lemon Chicken, Feta and Homemade Poppy Seed Dressing



Salad with Berries, Grilled Lemon Chicken, Feta and Homemade Poppy Seed Dressing


  • 1 (11 oz) pkg Spring Mix Salad Blend (I used Dole)
  • 1 lb strawberries, sliced
  • 11 oz black berries
  • 8 oz Feta cheese, crumbled
  • 2 oz Parmesan cheese, finely shredded
  • 3/4 cup sliced almonds
  • finely grated lemon zest, for topping (optional)
  • poppy seed dressing, recipe follows
  • Grilled Lemon Chicken
  • 1 1/2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • Poppy Seed Dressing
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 5 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp finely grated onion
  • 1/2 tsp prepared mustard
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp poppy seeds


    To assemble salad
  1. Layer salad blend onto serving plates. Divide strawberries, blackberries, almonds, Feta and Parmesan cheese over salad. Top with grilled lemon chicken, sprinkle with lemon zest if desired. Drizzle top with poppy seed dressing. Serve immediately.
  2. For the grilled lemon chicken:
  3. Place chicken in a large resealable bag and pound thicker portions of chicken to an even thickness using the flat side of a meat mallet. In a mixing bowl whisk together lemon juice, lemon zest, olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper. Pour mixture over chicken in resealable bag, seal bag while pressing out as much excess air as possible. Move chicken around as needed to evenly distribute marinade and allow chicken to rest at room temperature for 20 minutes.
  4. Preheat a grill to moderately high heat. Brush grill grates lightly with oil and transfer chicken to grill (if you notice lemon zest and garlic sticking to one portion of the chicken more than another just brush it along the chicken to evenly distribute). Grill 6 - 8 minutes then rotate chicken to opposite side and grill until internal temperature of chicken registers 165 degrees on an instant read thermometer (total grill time will vary based on thickness of chicken breasts, so just be sure to check the temp for doneness). Transfer to a plate, cover with foil and allow to rest for 10 minutes, then slice into strips about 1/2-inch thick.
  5. Poppy Seed Dressing
  6. In a mixing bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, sugar, apple cider vinegar, grated onion, mustard and salt until sugar has nearly dissolved (at this point you can transfer to a blender to mince onion pieces further if desired). Stir in poppy seeds. Transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate 30 minutes. Remove from refrigerator and stir (if you would like dressing to have a thinner consistency you can mix in a little milk 1 tsp at a time to thin). Store dressing in refrigerator.


For step-by-step instructions for this recipe and more, visit Cooking Classy.

Author: Cooking Classy

Recipe and photo courtesy Cooking Classy.

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