Grilled Chicken and Orange Summer Salad

It’s time to bring out the warm-weather recipes, and this Grilled Chicken and Orange Summer Salad is the first one that comes to mind.  This is an exciting combination of bright summer flavors but can actually be made any time of the year.  The ingredients are available year ’round but it’s light enough to feel just right on a hot spring or summer evening. Feel me?

So, what’s so special about this salad?  First, it’s very versatile…I leave it up to your whim as to how to cook the chicken (the recipe calls for 6 grilled or cooked chicken breasts).  Grill them using my FPK Marinade (my favorite) or any way you like.  Or, cook them however you like.  Or, buy them pre-cooked.  I say do what’s easiest, because that’s what it’s all about, right?  Easy but amazing!

And, there are more choices ahead…add orange segments or switch it up and add Asian pear wedges.  Add English cucumber or substitute jicama.  Add blueberries or throw on some raspberries.  See where I’m going with this?

I decided to make it the other night and it basically became whatever was in the fridge that had the same textures as what was called for in the recipe.

The dressing is light and tangy.  I feel that’s the key.  You don’t want a heavy, creamy dressing when you’re trying to eat light.  This has orange juice, apple cider vinegar, and touch of sugar for sweet and olive oil.  

This is a beautiful salad to present to a crowd or for a weeknight dinner.  Add a bowl of ice cream for dessert and the world couldn’t be a happier place (Wait!  Did I just say that?  I thought we were keeping it light??!!).

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Grilled Chicken and Orange Summer Salad

Makes: 4 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes


  • 6 grilled or cooked chicken breasts, cut across the grain into strips
  • 2 cups mixed baby greens
  • 1 romaine lettuce, washed and torn into small pieces
  • 2 oranges, peeled and cut into segments or 2 Asian pears, cut into thin slices
  • 1 English cucumber, cut into julienne strips
  • 1 red pepper, cut into julienne strips
  • 1 pint blueberries
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 cup toasted almonds

Citrus Dressing:

  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 2 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp granulated garlic
  • Pinch each of red chili flakes and black pepper


In a serving bowl, layer the lettuces, oranges, julienned vegetables, berries, chicken and end with toasted nuts. Cover and chill.

Citrus Dressing:  Mix all ingredients together in a blender and dress salad just before serving. Do not toss salad.


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    Total Reviews:( 1 )
    • Harry

      This is a great quick dish and it can be very filling. One full chicken breast is plenty. Thanks Fran.

    • Harry

      This is a great quick dish and it can be very filling. One full chicken breast is plenty. Thanks Fran.

      • Francine

        I appreciate the comment, Harry, and you’re right: for one or two people, I would cut back on the chicken. Enjoy!

    • Francine

      Thanks! Exactly as you described…easy and lite! Perfect for summer!

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