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Grilled Chicken Power Salad with Homemade Raspberry Dressing

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In this Grilled Chicken Power Salad with Homemade Raspberry Dressing, chicken breasts are coated in a luscious homemade raspberry dressing and then grilled to tender perfection. Crisp greens are topped with the grilled chicken, juicy raspberries, crunchy cucumbers, creamy avocado, and fresh basil in this bountiful, easy summer salad.
Servings 4


For the Dressing:

  • 1 cup fresh or frozen raspberries
  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon honey optional
  • ¼ cup warm water

For the Salad:

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 English cucumber thinly sliced
  • 1 large ripe avocado, diced
  • 1 pint raspberries
  • ¼ cup loosely packed basil leaves
  • ¼ cup chopped green onions both green and white parts
  • 8 cups chopped romaine leaves


  • Make the dressing by adding 1 cup raspberries, vinegar, olive oil, salt, honey, and water to a blender. Blend on high until well combined, thick, and creamy.
  • Combine the chicken and ⅓ cup dressing in a baking dish or large plastic bag. Let marinate for 30 minutes or up to 4 hours.
  • Remove the chicken from the marinade, discarding the marinade. Preheat the grill to medium-high heat, then lightly spray or oil the grates. Grill for 10-12 minutes or until no longer pink in the center, flipping halfway through. Remove chicken from the grill and let rest for 5 minutes, then slice into thin pieces.
  • Arrange the romaine leaves onto 4 plates or bowls. Top each plate or bowl with cucumber slices, avocado, raspberries, basil leaves, green onion, and grilled chicken. Drizzle each plate with raspberry dressing (the amount is up to you) and serve immediately.
  • Store leftover dressing in a tightly sealed container for up to 3 days.


Salad may be a hard-sell for some kids, but don't give up trying. Here are some options for resistant eaters:
  • Skip the marinade on the chicken and serve plain grilled chicken. Slice into thin strips for a fun dippable option.
  • Serve all the salad parts separately on his plate: grilled chicken, cucumber, avocado, raspberries, and some romaine pieces with the dressing on the side for dipping.
  • Offer the raspberry dressing as a fun option alongside her dressing of choice.
  • Serve the salad with bread or a whole grain to round out the meal.