Chicken & Fruit Salad with Raspberry Dressing

I’ve been making this Chicken & Fruit Salad for years, originally culled from Cooking Light. It’s just such a gorgeous salad, full of all kinds of great things and it’s all set off by a creamy raspberry dressing. It’s one of my favorite ways to make sure I get some fruit in my diet along with a few greens. On a hot summer day, there’s nothing better.

Chicken & Fruit Salad
Chicken & Fruit Salad

I like that this salad is so versatile – this dressing goes so well with almost any fruit, and I change it up regularly depending on what’s in season and what looks good. Today, for instance a little honeydew is standing in for the kiwi. I often leave off the banana for a lighter feel (fewer carbs, travels better.) If I’ve been off working or playing hard, I might add it in for the potassium.

I also like the dressing more tangy than sweet, so I might alter the honey/yogurt/vinegar ratio – the recipe calls for 1/3 cup of honey but I’m more likely to just add a tablespoon or two. The pine nuts and goat cheese are pricey – I’ll maybe use them if company’s coming but it’s more likely I’ll just use almonds instead. They’re so good for you, I try to work almonds into my diet every day. Once you do that for a few years, you’ll be looking for ways to eat them other than out of hand!

Chicken & Fruit Salad
Chicken & Fruit Salad

Make this with almost any chicken, grilled, poached, roasted, left over – it really doesn’t matter. It’s also surprising how well the Raspberry Dressing works with flavors that might be built into your chicken, I think because it’s creamy. Don’t fear the flavor, here, folks! 🙂 Or if you’d like it as a side salad, just leave the chicken off.

Think of this salad all summer long, for a picnic, a deck party or lunches, but don’t forget about it when asked to bring something to a party, function or shower. It’s so fresh and gorgeous it always impresses.

Fiesta Friday Badge Button I party @I’ll be bringing this to Fiesta Friday number 70; Fiesta Friday is an ongoing blogging party put on by Angie of the Novice Gardener. Everyone “brings” a virtual dish. I’m excited to be co-hosting the event this week, with Dina of Giramuk’s Kitchen.

If you’re a blogger and you haven’t yet joined in the Fiesta Friday fun, well, why not? It’s a good way to rub shoulders with a great group of bloggers and strut your stuff a bit! It’s easy and here’s the guidelines – just make sure to link properly on your blog and Fiesta Friday’s so we can find you. And if you’re not a blogger, I know you’ll enjoy seeing all the posts!

Chicken & Fruit Salad
Chicken & Fruit Salad

Chicken & Fruit Salad with Raspberry Dressing

  • Servings: 4
  • Time: 15 minutes
  • Difficulty: easy
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Chicken & Fruit Salad

  • about 6 cups of mixed salad greens of your choice
  • 2 cups of shredded chicken (about 2 small breast halves)
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup quartered strawberries
  • 1 large sliced banana
  • 1 cup sliced peeled kiwifruit (about 3 kiwifruit)
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted (I use about 1/2 cup almonds)
  • 2 tablespoons herbed goat cheese (may omit)
  • Raspberry Dressing

Arrange 1 1/2 cups salad greens on each of 4 plates. Divide the remaining ingredients except Raspberry Dressing equally among 4 plates. Drizzle each serving with 3 tablespoons Raspberry Dressing.

Raspberry Dressing
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup raspberry or red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup plain fat-free yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Combine all the ingredients; stir with a whisk.

From the kitchen of http://www.frugalhausfrau.com

Nutritional Information

For salad with dressing, as written with no variations, amount per serving: Calories 120, Calories from fat 20 %, Fat 2.6 g, Sat fat 0.3 g, Monofat 1.8 g, Polyfat 0.3 g, Protein 1.2 g, Carbohydrate 25.1 g, Fiber 0.1 g, Cholesterol 0.0 mg, Iron 0.4 mg, Sodium 257 mg, Calcium 39 mg

Nutritional Information for Dressing

Calories 332, Calories from fat 24 %, Fat 8.8 g, Sat fat 2.4 g, Monofat 3.3 g, Polyfat 2.1 g, Protein 15.9 g, Carbohydrate 53.3 g, Fiber 5.9 g, Cholesterol 32 mg. Iron 2.7 mg, Sodium 699 mg, Calcium 114 mg

Let’s talk about how to save money/time on this recipe:

  • Read Strategies Applied for additional tips as well as throughout the recipe, for saving money/time and managing this recipe.
  • Follow my 12 Strategies – You’ll see them on the upper drop down menu of every page and how I apply them, below.
  • Don’t get discouraged if your prices don’t match mine! Keep shopping at the best prices and your fridge/freezer and pantry will be stocked with sales priced ingredients.
  • Use a coupon matching site! One of my favorites in my area is Pocket Your Dollars, but every store has a group of enthusiastic Coupon Matchers. Do not discount the savings! I check their site every week, even if I don’t “need” to go to the store and often find bargains I can’t pass up.

I’ve been having so much fun with Fiesta Friday I’ve decided to try another link party or two!

I’ve brought this to Best of the Weekend, put on by Sheryl at Lady Behind the Curtain, too.

39 thoughts on “Chicken & Fruit Salad with Raspberry Dressing”

    1. How funny! Now I might need to legally change my name to something more German! It seems such a contrast, my Irish first name & my frugal hausfrau blog name. I guess I am, too – A mix of French, German, Irish, English, Scottish. I *think* I have them all! And I can’t forget the Quakers way, way back!

  1. I love your salad!! I’m not really a ‘salad person’ but I’m pinning this one to make – it’s so lovely with all the fruit and the raspberry dressing! Thank you for sharing this great recipe and for co-hosting the party this week! Happy FF! 🙂

    1. Lili, it’s truly my pleasure, and thanks for the compliments! My biggest problem with hosting is that I get lost on each blog I go to and have to look at lots of posts! Even on ones like yours that I regularly follow!

  2. What a great salad – and how wonderful to have you as our co-host! I hope you’ll enjoy it, it’s a bit like in real life: you spend the whole time making sure everyone is happy that the party is over before you had a chance to let your hair down! Nice thing about virtual parties is that you can always go back and check out the talent whenever 😉
    Happy FF!

  3. What a great salad, a combination of fruit and veggies, love it! Thanks for co-hosting, I’m sure you’ll have a blast! It looks like you’re on top of it already, whenever I co-host, I never get a chance to respond to anyone who comments on my post till the end….but you have it all under control it seems. Enjoy your weekend, and as always, thanks for the tips.

    1. Thanks, Momma Cheese! What a fun name you have…did you happen to page back a bit and see my Cheese Stuffed Burger? This salad though is just so much fun and the simple dressing really makes it.

  4. I love fruits in my chicken Salad!! It’s such a refreshing addition, but more than anything I absolutely LOVE the raspberry dressing! I have wanted to try a raspberry salad dressing for awhile, and this is one I know I will love! 🙂
    Thank you so much Mollie! 😀

    1. I think you’ll like this then. The dressing just has a hint of raspberry in it from the vinegar but sometimes I melt about a tablespoon of raspberry jam with about a teaspoon of water in a small cut in the microwave, stir it together and let it cool just a bit and use that instead of honey. It’s just a little “cheat” to up the raspberry flavor. But then I love raspberry and pretty much always have a little raspberry jam around.

      Happy FF! I’m excited to be cohosting with you!

  5. We’re such a fan of Cooking Light in my house too! I loved your breakdown and description for the pricing of each ingredient. Not only is it helpful, but I learned a little bit about your selections as well. I love how versatile this recipe is, yet the raspberry dressing sounds right up my alley. Happy FF, and have a wonderful weekend! 🙂

    1. I started buying Cooking Light back in the 90’s, pre internet! I don’t know that I every lost any weight but it introduced me to so many foods from so many cultures and countries and i really learned to serve a lot of vegetables and varied ingredients. As a result, both my kids are great eaters.I do remember my daughter saying, “why can’t you just make normal food” though!

      Now we have so many options and wonderful blogs to look at with the push of the button, but it wasn’t always that way and I think Cooking Light expanded my horizons! 🙂

  6. I have never added chicken to my fruit salad! This I shall try for sure!! It is perfect for the hot summer lunches on the beach! Thanks for all your tips on being frugal! You are a woman after my own heart!! Happy co-hosting. Happy FF!

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