Chicken, Apple & Goat Cheese Spinach Salad

I have this problem where I make awful salads. I love ordering salads at restaurants, but when I make my own they suck.

Chicken apple and goat cheese spinach salad 2

Then I figured out my problem: I make them too healthy. I try to add too many veggies to make the salad this great colorful vitamin-packed beacon of nutrition that actually doesn’t taste good. I add peppers and mushrooms and celery and tomato and cucumber and then I just don’t even enjoy it because there isn’t any FUN in it. Ironic, huh? I don’t like my salads because they’re too healthy.

But this salad rocks! It seems the trick is less veggies, more cheese. Cheese is FUN.

Chicken, Apple & Goat Cheese Spinach Salad

I’ve made this salad for lunch and been having it with some crackers or sweet potatoes or toast for carbs. It’s got a perfect mix of salty, sweet, crunchy, and creamy. It’s got protein and fat and veggies and a few carbs. And it has goat cheese. GOAT CHEESE. Every salad should have goat cheese.

Chicken, Apple & Goat Cheese Spinach Salad

These amounts are estimates – I usually just throw on an amount that looks good. Feel free to do the same.

  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 1/4 cup diced green apple
  • 1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese
  • chicken breast, cooked and cut into small pieces. Here is my chicken recipe. 
  • 2 TBSP balsamic or lite balsamic vinaigrette

Salad Progression

Chicken, Apple & Goat Cheese Spinach Salad

What’s in your favorite salad?

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