Feta Avocado Chicken Salad

I hope you had an amazing 4th of July yesterday!  I sure did!  ALL of my family is in town for one of my cousin’s wedding, so we were able to all hang out and BBQ!  We couldn’t do fireworks because of the restriction zones (we were able to watch some a local golf course did on the 3rd), but still had a blast!  I am extremely grateful for our wonderful country.

Summer heat is in full gear here in Utah… add in the dryness and fires, and it is exceptionally hot.  When it gets super hot, the last thing I want to do is turn on any appliance that might heat up my house, so instead, I make a salad!  This salad is AMAZING!  The combination of all the flavors and textures in this salad make it exceptional.  The dressing compliments it perfectly!  Definitely one of my new rotation salads!

**side note** Don’t you just LOVE the salad bowl this salad is displayed in?!  Enter this giveaway to win one of these gorgeous bowls from Nambe!  It is a new favorite of mine and I would hate for you to miss out on this opportunity!


recipe slightly adapted from: Recipe Girl 

8 cups romain lettuce
1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
1 cup corn
1 1/2 cups cooked and shredded chicken
1 large avocado, sliced
1/2 cup crumbled goat or feta cheese
1/4 cup toasted pine nuts

3 Tbsp. white wine vinegar
2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Place chopped Romain in a large salad bowl. Add and toss in remaining salad ingredients.
In a small bowl, whisk together the white wine vinegar, olive oil, dijon mustard and salt and pepper.
When ready to eat, pour desired amount of dressing over the salad.
Toss salad to coat evenly.


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  1. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel

    This salad looks awesome! I love using avocados in my salad because they're so creamy and refreshing; almost like salad dressing themselves in a way. But the Dijon vinaigrette has to be perfect with this--so light!

  2. sally @ sally's baking addiction

    In this heat, salads are pretty much all I am eating! I'm always looking for a new fresh salad recipe Nikki. I love the ones your make. Gorgeous pics, too!

  3. Wendy

    The ingredient list calls for romain lettuce, but the directions say spinach. Can you please specify which you used? I imagine you could use either, but I'd like to know what you used. Thank you.

    1. Chef in Training

      Sorry about that, I used Romain lettuce, but you can definitely use spinach, too! Or even both if you wanted!

  4. Meagan

    I made this for dinner tonight and it was delicious! I will no longer be paying $8 for Panera salads! Thanks for another great recipe!

  5. Beth

    I made this for dinner last night and had it for lunch again today. It's light and refreshing, perfect for our hot Vegas days and nights. I think the watermelon slushies are next.

  6. Molly

    I love this idea and can't wait to try it! But I'm wondering what brand of dijon mustard you used? I bought some last week and the taste of it is just awful, not like any dijon mustard I've had before.

  7. Linda Procida

    Can't wait to try this - looks fab!

  8. Tanya M.

    Just made this tonight. It was wonderful...the perfect light, easy summer dinner!

  9. carissa

    Where did u get those bowls? Im in love!

  10. Elaine

    Tried this for dinner tonight.I cheated had to squeeze some fresh lime over the top cause I just have to eat it with advacado..omg best salad of the summer hands down!