Cherry Almond Grilled Chicken Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

closeup of cherry almond grilled chicken salad drizzled with creamy poppy seed dressing.

Liven up your summer meals with this fresh, sweet salad topped with grilled chicken, cherries, almonds, goat cheese and a creamy poppy seed dressing! It's light and flavorful, and perfect for an easy outdoor summer dinner or filling lunch.



For the chicken:

  • 1 (6-8 oz) boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • Coarse sea salt
  • Freshly cracked pepper
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • Avocado oil or olive oil

For the salad:

  • 3 oz spring mix lettuce or baby spinach
  • 1 cup fresh cherries, pitted and halved
  • 1/3 cup Marcona almonds or blanched slivered almonds, roughly chopped
  • 1 oz goat cheese, crumbled
  • 1/4 cup basil leaves, torn

For the dressing:

  • 3 tbsp plain greek yogurt
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp poppy seeds
  • Pinch salt


  1. To make the dressing, add all ingredients to a mason jar or other container with a lid and whisk or shake to combine.
  2. Heat grill to medium high heat. Sprinkle chicken breast with salt and pepper on both sides. Drizzle with balsamic, Worcestershire sauce and oil. Rub all over to coat both sides.
  3. Once grill is hot, grill chicken over direct heat for about 5 minutes on each side before moving to indirect heat until internal temperature reaches 165° F. Remove from grill and rest a few minutes before slicing.
  4. While chicken is cooking, place spinach or spring mix in a bowl. Top with pitted and sliced cherries, almonds, goat cheese and basil.
  5. Add sliced chicken and dressing to taste and serve.


  • Time is never a good indicator for doneness of meat and poultry. I suggest using a meat thermometer to get juicy, perfectly cooked chicken every time!
  • You can make the dressing up to a few days in advance. Store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator and give it a shake or stir before using it.
  • You can make the salad a day or two in advance if you like to meal prep lunches. Just store the dressing separately and add it just before you eat!

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