Strawberry, Orange and Grilled Chicken Salad

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I vividly remember the first time I had a salad. I was about 4 years old and my mom had just served me lunch. She was eating a salad and I asked what it was. She explained it was vegetables with salad dressing over them. I tried a bite of it and I was immediately hooked. Okay, I'm pretty sure I was just hooked on Ranch dressing, but hey, its not a bad start.

As I got older I began trying different types of salads and quickly realized a garden salad with grilled chicken was easily my favorite. As I've mentioned quite a few times now, a few years ago I put myself on the Abs Diet. One of my favorite meals from the Abs diet was a variation of this salad.

Strawberry, Orange and Grilled Chicken Salad
Adapted from: The Abs Diet for Women
Servings: 1
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Ingredients:
    • 1 1/2 cups baby spinach leaves
    • 1/2 cup chicken, shredded
    • 1/2 cup strawberries, diced
    • 1/4 cup mandarin oranges, chopped
    • 1 thick slice red onion, diced
    • raspberry vinaigrette, homemade or bought
    • fresh cracked black pepper, to taste

Directions:
1. Combine the first 5 ingredients in a large bowl. Add desired amount of dressing, toss well to coat. Season with pepper, to taste. Serve cold.

I really debated on even writing directions for this. I mean, its a salad, if you can't put one of these together, I don't know if I can help you. :-)

My favorite part about this salad is that you can add or remove ingredients to your liking. I've made this with shredded ham instead of chicken, I've add cucumbers, red cabbage, pine nuts, and carrots and sometimes left out the mandarin oranges.

Actually, the best thing about this salad is getting a piece of strawberry with some of the fresh cracked pepper on it. Before trying it, I would have thought pepper and strawberry would be disgusting together, but its quite the opposite. I guess its like those people who put salt on watermelon. Which reminds me, I still need to try that! 

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