This Strawberry Avocado Chicken Salad has everything going for it, including a Healthy Oil-free Poppyseed Dressing that’s creamy and scrumptious! All the goodness without the guilt. Done in 20 minutes.
Thirteen years ago, a cooking-diva girlfriend of mine had her hubby deliver a huge bowl of fresh strawberry spinach salad to our house. I’ll never forget him ringing the doorbell and showing up with that big beautiful salad.
That day, I was a first-time mama with an intensely colicky newborn baby. It was scorching hot where we lived and our AC was down. I spent most of my waking and semi-waking hours trying to manage the Crazy Life on about 3 hours of sleep every night. Cooking homemade meals was simply not in my bag of tricks during that rollercoaster of a year.
Thankfully, we lived near some amazing friends. Every other night, someone brought over saving grace in the form of dinner. It’s one of the reasons I always bring meals for others during rough times. It’s a lifesaver not to have to think about cooking when you’re barely able to manage pouring a bowl of cold cereal…
I clearly remember that fresh strawberry spinach salad my friend brought over because: it was so healthy and fresh, it came with the yummiest poppyseed dressing, and my friend’s hubby actually forgot part of the meal at home and went all the way home and back again just to bring us the rest of the food. Despite our vehement objections.
We lived 25 minutes away. So that’s almost 2 total hours of commute time just to feed us. 💗
Talk about love in action, right?
So yeah, every single time I make, eat, or even see a strawberry spinach salad with poppyseed dressing, I think of my dear friends.
This Strawberry Avocado Chicken Salad with Healthy Poppyseed Dressing is my most current take on the old classic. There’s still the spinach and berries combo, but we added grilled chicken, avocado, and toasted pecans for a boost of protein and yum.
We healthified the Poppyseed Dressing by omitting oil and using Greek yogurt for creaminess. It’s the best skinny poppyseed dressing around.
Here’s to precious friends in life who feed our bellies and souls.
And to 13-year-olds who have long outgrown colic but still keep us in the Crazy Life.
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