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This blueberry spinach salad has pure, raw ingredients that work perfectly together and are super satisfying! The first time I did it, the kids didn't even want to try it, but now they request it and I love that! My roast chicken recipe is perfect for this salad!
Spinach and blueberry salad
This salad screams healthy at me! So I decided to share it today. With all the health problems the world is facing (i.e. COVID-19), I ALL care about what simple things we can do to support our immune systems and give us the best possible chance to fight any disease we may face.
Spinach Blueberry Salad Recipe
This salad has some simple ingredients, but I chose them specifically for two main reasons. One reason is for the health benefits, the other is the taste. I love being able to eat healthy in a delicious way!
Salad ingredients: (full recipe below)
Spinach-Spinach is definitely a superfood! It is full of nutrients, vitamin C being one of them. Vitamin C is key to keeping our cold or flu symptoms more bearable or to help fight the germs our body comes into contact with every day!
Blueberries-Not just blueberries help with memory and heart health (among other things), they're packed with flavonoids (a class of antioxidants) that reduce your chance of getting a cold by a third! No wonder WebMD calls blueberries a "Food Wonder."
Dried cranberries- Dried cranberries are known to be a good source of fiber. A quarter cup (which is the amount I have in this recipe! 8) 8% of the daily value for fiber, plus 6% of the recommended daily value for vitamin E.
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Sunflower seeds- Sunflower seeds are made primarily of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, which are excellent anti-inflammatory fats that our bodies need. Furthermore, they are a good source of fiber and protein.
Shallots- Shallots are rich in antioxidants and can help improve blood sugar levels, circulation, seasonal allergies, and heart health. They can also helps fight germs!
Chicken- Chicken is a good source of vitamin B12, niacin, vitamin B6, pantothenic acid, and also contains vitamin E and vitamin K, just to name a couple.
Poppy seed dressing –Poppy seeds are a rich source of thiamine, folic acid, and other essential minerals. They are known to relieve exhaustion, decrease anxiety, and help you get a good night's sleep. They can be used to relieve dry cough (!) In its purest form. We're not using much in this recipe and they're in a dressing that contains sugar, so if you want a super healthy salad, try using a pinch of fresh poppy seeds!
How to make spinach and blueberry salad
This really couldn't be easier! There are two different ways to serve this delicious salad.
- Place the spinach in a bowl, and then place the other ingredients on top, each with its own section. This is a fancier way to serve, but make sure your bowl is bigger than you think you need to, don't mess when serving at the table.
- Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl, then transfer to a smaller bowl.
No matter which method you prefer, we guarantee that your salad will be fantastic!
Tips and tricks for spinach salad
- Season the chicken by sprinkling with salt and pepper. You can mix it to your liking by adding other seasonings or even marinate with a balsamic vinaigrette.
- I didn't add any cheese to this recipe, but you sure can! I love the creamy texture of goat cheese, but you can also use feta or even blue cheese. It can be fun to add a little flavor to this salad!
- This salad is also great with some toasted almond slices or even some candied walnuts if you want to get fancy.
Don't miss my homemade Ginger Ale for a refreshing and healthy drink option with this salad! And as always, make sure you're prepared. Check out my Food Preparation post on how to stock up on the essentials!
Spinach and blueberry salad
- 8 ounces baby spinach
- 1/2 pint of rinsed blueberries
- 1/4 cup dried cranberries
- 1/4 cup sunflower seeds that I used salted
- 1 shallot, diced well (about 1/3 cup)
- 2 cooked and sliced chicken breasts (I used roast chicken)
- poppy seed dressing as much or as little as you like
- In a large bowl add the fresh spinach.
- To that, add the blueberries, dried cranberries, sunflower seeds, and diced shallots.
- Place the cut chicken on top. (I like to put the ingredients in sections and then toss the salad when I'm ready to serve.)
- Pour the dressing (start with less than you think you would need, you can always add more!) And then mix the salad.
- Serve immediately.
Do you love salads? Try these!
Chicken And Strawberry Salad
Chicken Caprese Salad
Summer Chicken Salad
Buffalo Chicken Salad