Strawberry Chicken Salad

April 26, 2024 - Country Cooking

This Strawberry Chicken Salad is a refreshing and flavorful chicken salad featuring fresh juicy strawberries, tender grilled chicken, fresh basil and crunchy almond slivers all tossed in a tangy poppy seed dressing. Perfect for a spring or summer meal or picnic.

With a creamy and a little sweet and tangy dressing made from mayonnaise and homemade poppy seed dressing, this chicken salad is a nice change up from the norm. Mixed in some beautiful, diced ripe strawberries and this salad is appropriately dressed for spring. Some slivered almonds add a nice crunch and a little fresh basil is a prelude to summer.

Grilled Chicken

Made with grilled chicken for extra flavor, this is one of my favorite chicken salad recipes. You can either grill the chicken in a grill pan or on a gas grill. First season it with salt and pepper and drizzle with a little olive oil and lemon juice. Cook it until it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees.

Variations and Substitutions

Add some crumbled goat cheese or blue cheese crumbles.

Use pecans or walnuts in place of almonds.

Blueberries, raspberries, or blackberries can be used in place of strawberries.


Leftovers will keep for 4 days in an airtight container in the refrigerator. If you don’t plan on eating it all right away, don’t sprinkle the almonds on it until just before eating. They will get soggy in the refrigerator.

Whether you serve it on top of a bed of lettuce as a salad or between two hearty slices of wheat bread as a sandwich, you are sure to find it berry pleasing!

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Strawberry Chicken Salad

This Strawberry Chicken Salad is a refreshing and flavorful chicken salad featuring juicy strawberries, tender grilled chicken, fresh basil, and crunchy almonds all tossed in a tangy dressing.
Course Lunch
Cuisine Southern
Keyword chicken salad
Prep Time 10 minutes minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes minutes
Servings 4


Poppy Seed Dressing

2 tablespoons sugar2 tablespoons minced sweet onion¼ cup apple cider vinegar½ teaspoon poppy seeds¼ teaspoon salt¼ cup vegetable oil or canola oil.

Chicken Salad

2 boneless, skinless chicken breastsolive oil½ lemonsalt and pepper cup mayonnaise¼ cup Poppy Seed Dressing¼ cup diced red onion1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil1 cup fresh diced strawberries¼ cup slivered almonds


First make the poppy seed dressing. Add all ingredients in a medium bowl and whisk until combined. Set aside.
Drizzle chicken with olive oil and lemon juice and season with salt and pepper on both sides.
Heat grill pan over medium-high heat (or use a gas grill). Cook chicken for about 4 minutes per side or until cooked through.

Let chicken cool and then dice it.

Place chicken in a large bowl and add mayonnaise, poppy seed dressing (you will onlu use ¼ cup of it. Save the rest to use on a garden salad.), amd red onion.
Gently fold in strawberries and basil. Sprinkle with almonds and serve.

Note: If you have time, refrigerate it for at least 30 minutes before serving.

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Originally posted May 4, 2013.

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