Chicken & Spinach Salad Jars - healthy and portable lunches for the work week! Lean chicken, sweet grapes, Asiago cheese, crunchy walnuts and spinach, dressed with Mustard-Thyme Vinaigrette. | foxeslovelemons.com

When I was a kid, I had a few food quirks, but nothing too crazy. I’d like to think that my parents lucked out, and I was a pretty easy-going kid. But there was one thing that was a total no-go for me. Absolutely not, under any circumstances. These Chicken & Spinach Salad Jars would not have flown with the younger version of myself.

Fruit mixing with what I deemed “real food,” meaning anything savory. Pineapple on pizza? NO. Pork chops with applesauce? Mandarin oranges in an otherwise normal garden salad? Watermelon on the same plate as a hamburger? No no no no NOOOOO. Fruit and real food were not to canoodle on my watch.

Chicken & Spinach Salad Jars - healthy and portable lunches for the work week! Lean chicken, sweet grapes, Asiago cheese, crunchy walnuts and spinach, dressed with Mustard-Thyme Vinaigrette. | foxeslovelemons.com

I’m happy to report that taste buds do indeed mature a little bit as you grow up and now, I’m full-on obsessed with the interplay between sweet fruit and savory food. I have several varieties of fresh and dried fruits on hand at all times to throw into savory dishes.

Mango sauce gets slathered on chicken. Apples can be the star of a slow cooker sausage dish. Salmon gets smothered with apricot glaze.

And now, chicken and grapes is my newest obsession. I grabbed some jars and packed my lunches for the entire week with these Chicken & Spinach Salad Jars.

Savory cooked chicken breast, sweet red grapes, crunchy walnuts, and salty Asiago cheese are packed together with leafy spinach and a mustardy, herby dressing.

Fruit and real food never tasted so good together. I’m kicking younger Lori in the shins for missing out on all of this.

Chicken & Spinach Salad Jars - healthy and portable lunches for the work week! Lean chicken, sweet grapes, Asiago cheese, crunchy walnuts and spinach, dressed with Mustard-Thyme Vinaigrette. | foxeslovelemons.com

A wooden bowl filled with easy spinach salad made with chicken, tomatoes, bacon and hard boiled eggs.

Best Spinach Salad Recipe

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Every single ingredient in this Best Spinach Salad can be washed, cooked, prepped or chopped in advance. Toss it together for a work week lunch or dinner. No side dishes needed.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups baby spinach
  • 8 slices Oven Bacon, crumbled
  • 3 hard boiled eggs, sliced
  • 1/2 English cucumber, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced crosswise
  • 1/2 medium red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups cooked, chopped chicken
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup roughly chopped walnuts
  • 1 batch Honey Mustard Dressing or 1 cup of dressing of your choice

Instructions

  1. Arrange the spinach on either a large platter or divided among 4 individual plates. Layer all of the rest of the ingredients over the spinach.You can choose to scatter the ingredients for a more rustic looking salad, or you can use the toppings to create blocks or rows of ingredients for a more composed salad.
  2. Serve salad with Honey Mustard Dressing.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 653Total Fat: 46gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 33gCholesterol: 250mgSodium: 940mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 2gSugar: 12gProtein: 39g

This website provides estimated nutrition information as a courtesy only. Nutrition information does not include any optional ingredients or toppings. You should calculate the nutrition information with the actual ingredients used in your recipe using your preferred nutrition calculator.

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