Chicken Spinach Salad with Apples and Strawberries

This Chicken Spinach Salad recipe, filled with rotisserie chicken, fresh strawberries and crisp apples, is incredibly fresh and delicious. Topped with a sweet spinach salad dressing, this simple salad is perfect for any meal. Makes 4 servings.

Love a quick salad? Summer Quinoa Salad and Salmon Niçoise Salad are some of our favorites, too!

Two bowls of Chicken Spinach Salad with a blue napkin

This Chicken Spinach Salad with Apples and Strawberries was originally published on June 3, 2015. The text, photography and recipe were updated and republished in April 2021.

Who doesn’t love fresh baby spinach paired with roasted chicken, sweet strawberries and crisp apples?

Add in a crunchy salad topping (hello, Ramen Noodles, I adore you!) and a sweet honey vinaigrette, and you’ve got an excellent salad that tastes like summer flavors.

Why I love this spinach salad recipe:

This salad recipe was developed when I was impatiently waiting for our daughter to be born and had a raging sweet tooth that was hard to satisfy.

One day, I decided to make a naturally sweet salad for lunch instead of devouring more Oreos (my pregnancy treat of choice), and I’ve been making it ever since.

The charm in this salad is that it’s an easy recipe for lunch or dinner. You can also make the elements ahead of time to meal prep this recipe, and that, to me, is pretty excellent.

So. If you’re like me and are looking for a good summer salad that has some natural sweetness to it, let me recommend my Spinach Apple Salad with Chicken and Strawberries.

Other spinach salad recipes you might enjoy: Summer Quinoa Salad | Steak and Sweet Pepper Salad | Turkey Taco Salad | Blueberry Pecan Feta Salad | Chicken Shawarma Salad

Looking for more meal inspiration? Check out my Dinner Recipe Index for ideas.

Ingredients for a spinach salad with chicken in bowls on marble

What you need to make this Spinach Salad recipe:

The Speckled Palate participates in affiliate programs. As an Amazon Associate, I earn a commission from qualifying purchases. Please refer to my disclosure page for more information about these affiliate programs.

In addition to these tools, you’ll need a few ingredients, too:

  • Fresh baby spinach
  • Chicken—You can roast your own chicken breast/thighs or you can use rotisserie chicken as a shortcut
  • Strawberries
  • Apple—use your favorite. I’ve got Honeycrisp listed in the recipe card because it’s my favorite, but you do you!
  • Ramen Noodles—any flavor is fine because we’re going to crush and toast them and most importantly, leave out the flavor packet
  • Unsalted butter
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Honey
  • Salt and pepper

How to make Chicken Spinach Salad with Apples and Strawberries

Make the Ramen noodle topping. In a skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the crushed up Ramen noodles to the skillet without the flavor packet, stirring occasionally with a rubber spatula until golden brown. Remove from the skillet and set aside.

Don’t leave the crunchy topping in the skillet because it could burn as the pan holds residual heat.

Make the spinach salad dressing. In a mason jar, combine the olive oil, apple cider vinegar and honey. Season with salt and pepper. Shake until combined, then set aside.

Make the spinach salad recipe. In a large bowl, measure in the spinach, chicken, strawberries and apple. Drizzle in the vinaigrette and toss with tongs until all ingredients are coated. Serve on individual plates and top with the crispy Ramen noodles.

Make Ahead Tips and Tricks

  • Cook the ramen noodles in advance. Keep them in an airtight food container on the countertop or in the pantry.
  • Make the vinaigrette in advance, too. Store in the fridge.
  • Use rotisserie chicken or roast your own, and immediately shred it. Store in an airtight food container in the fridge.
  • Slice the strawberries ahead of time, too, if you’ll be eating this within 2-3 days. Keep an eye on your strawberries, though, because they will go bad faster once washed.
A bowl of chicken apple salad

Other summer salad recipes to try this year:

Two bowls of Chicken Spinach Salad with a blue napkin
Yield: 4 servings

Chicken Spinach Salad with Apples and Strawberries

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Spinach salad, studded with roasted chicken breast, fresh strawberries and apples, tastes like the summertime! Topped with a sweet and simple Honey Vinaigrette and toasted Ramen Noodles, this salad is perfect for a crowd or a quick lunch.

Ingredients

Salad

  • 5 oz. fresh spinach
  • 2 cups roasted chicken breast, shredded or chopped
  • 2 cups sliced strawberries
  • 2 apples, diced

Ramen Noodle Topping

  • 1 package Ramen Noodles (sans flavor packet)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

Honey Vinaigrette

  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Make the Ramen noodle topping. In a skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the crushed up Ramen noodles (without the flavor packet) to the skillet, stirring occasionally with a rubber spatula until golden brown. Remove from the skillet and set aside to cool.
  2. Make the spinach salad dressing. In a mason jar, combine the olive oil, apple cider vinegar and honey. Season with salt and pepper. Shake until combined, then set aside.
  3. Make the salad. In a large bowl, measure in the spinach, chicken, strawberries and apple.
  4. Drizzle in the vinaigrette and toss with tongs until all ingredients are coated in the dressing.
  5. Serve on individual plates and top with the crispy Ramen noodles.

Notes

A note on ingredients in this salad:

  • You can use your favorite type of apple. Honeycrisp is mine, and I think it works beautifully here because it's nice and crisp and sweet.
  • The spinach salad dressing is on the sweeter end because it's a honey vinaigrette. In my opinion, it pairs well with the rest of the ingredients in this salad. If you're looking for something a little different, try my Strawberry Vinaigrette.


Make ahead tips and tricks:

  • Cook the ramen noodles in advance. Keep them in an airtight food container on the countertop or in the pantry.
  • Make the vinaigrette in advance, too. Store in the fridge.
  • Use rotisserie chicken or roast your own, and immediately shred it. Store in an airtight food container in the fridge.
  • Slice the strawberries in advance, too, if you'll be eating this within 2-3 days.

Recommended Products

As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4 servings

Serving Size:

1 serving

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 499Total Fat: 26gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 75mgSodium: 566mgCarbohydrates: 42gFiber: 6gSugar: 23gProtein: 26g

Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.

How much did you love this recipe?

Follow me on Instagram for more content, and share a photo of your creation with the hashtag #speckledpalate!

Similar Posts

6 Comments

  1. FYI: Pinterest will not allow me to pin any of your recipes … they say you have been reported for excessive spam.

    You have a lot of delicious recipes, but, if I can pin them????

    1. Thanks for the heads up, LD. I think we’ve gotten it figured out and the pinning issue has been sorted out. Let me know if it works for you when you’ve got a chance!

  2. I had no idea those crunchy things in salads were just uncooked ramen noodles *mindblown*

    My teacher swears that what you eat/crave during pregnancy is what the kid will grow up loving. So oreos and salad – at least they balance each other haha. Congrats btw!

    1. Ha! I love me some crunchies in my salad… and I think toasting the ramen noodles in a little butter makes them EVEN BETTER. (Hello, I might have a problem…)

      Too funny that your teacher swears that pregnancy cravings are what the kid will love when they grow up. I guess we’ll see, but if nothing else, at least she’ll have a good balance. Haha! Thank you!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.