Rainbow Chicken Salad with Almond Honey Mustard Dressing

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One thing I love: this dressing, which I am still licking off my fingers as I type this. TMI?

One thing I Do Not Like: when I have to stay home alone. Example –> when Bjork goes on work trips.

He got invited to go to an affiliate conference with a friend, so, you know, they spent a few days having nice dinners and shaking peoples’ hands. The life of a conference-goer.

I took care of the new old house for a few days. Just me, myself, and the horrendously mysterious creaking house noises coming from the basement. I know you’re down there, house monster.

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It shouldn’t be a big deal. I mean, our neighborhood is very safe (confidently stated as a totally naive new-to-the-neighborhood person), our doors have rusty but functional locks, and my phone is attached to my body with 911 at the ready. Just kidding // sort of.

There are even some secretly awesome things about being home alone that I try to appreciate, like getting lots of work done. *wheee* Or watching husband-prohibited shows like Extreme Couponing on Netflix. Or having access to all the blankets at all times, or only having to wash one set of dishes, or mostly just eating the healthy fettuccine alfredo all-by-my-self. ALMOST worth it.

But no matter how much fettuccine alfredo I get out of the deal, I loathe the whole staying home alone thing.

I am either

a) so madly in love with the man that I can’t stand staying here without him,

b) a paranoid crazy person, or

c) in desperate need of a dog.

Correct answer – D. All of the above. And throw a healthy salad in there, too. That will most definitely help the cause.

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And now, for a few words on Rainbow Salad.

This Rainbow Salad has fruit. How do you feel about fruit in salad? Red grapes, blueberries, and that kinda thing? I feel reeeeeal good about it. Like juicy fresh yum yum. Also noteworthy is the golden brown chicken. It was simple and delicious and I it makes me happy that I wasn’t pretending to be a vegetarian while putting at all together. Add in some crunchy almonds, creamy tangy feta, and the gang’s all there. Almost.

As if I need to even tell you, the crown jewel of this salad is the dressing. It’s made with almond butter for a incredibly smooth and creamy texture, plus it has the perfect sweet and tangy taste of a homemade honey mustard. It’s my favorite dressing that I’ve made this year, which puts us at one for one. It was just superdelicious.

Eat the rainbow, yo.

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Rainbow Chicken Salad with Almond Honey Mustard Dressing
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
For the Salad
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 8 ounces boneless, skinless chicken breasts (mine were cut into smaller, thinner pieces which made the sauteing a bit easier)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 cups grapes, halved
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 3 cups curly lettuce, chopped
  • ½ cup feta cheese
  • ½ cup almonds, chopped or crushed
For the Dressing
  • 3 tablespoons almond butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon stoneground mustard
  • ½ tablespoon raw honey
  • ¼ teaspoon salt, more to taste
  • ½ teaspoon garlic
Instructions
  1. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Sprinkle the chicken with the salt, pepper, and chili powder. Saute in the oil for a few minutes, flipping the chicken now and then to cook through and get a nice golden color on both sides. When the chicken is cooked, remove from heat and set aside.
  2. Cut and prep all the vegetables and fruits. When the chicken is cool enough to handle, cut into bite sized pieces. Place the salad ingredients in a large bowl - you can either arrange the bowl by ingredient, like pictured, or toss everything together. Refrigerate to chill.
  3. For the dressing, puree all the dressing ingredients in a food processor until smooth. Taste and adjust to your preferences. Pour dressing over salad and serve.
Notes
After snapping these photos, I threw some crumbled crispy onions on top for a little extra crunch and flavor. Bjork just about died of happiness.

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Comments

  1. I hatehatehate being alone without my hubby too! And, considering he works graveyard shifts, that is just about every single night. The only benefit is that I also get to eat whatever the heck I want.
    And..I want this salad. I feel very very good about fruit in my salad. Like I ALWAYS put fruit in my dinner salads kind good.
    And, with almond butter? GENIUS. Nom nom nom x 100.

  2. That looks so refreshing! I think I even have all the ingredients to make it. I know what I’m having for lunch.
    Definitely one of the prettiest salads I’ve ever seen.

  3. I my not have a partner but when I am alone at home I am afraid that someone has entered the house without my knowledge….

    The addition of grapes, that almond butter sauce is enough for me to turn this salad into a weekly lunch staple! Gorgeous!

  4. I really want to like fruit in salad, but I just can’t do it. Or in really any savory entree. I’m a salt fiend. The bf knows a surefire way to keep me from “testing” his food when we go out–order some mango/pineapple/strawberry meat dish or salad something :( The dressing looks yummy though!

  5. I have a dog and an alarm system and still HATE when my husband is out of town. I blame my nerves on not living in the best area, but I think I’m just a a wimp! Anyway, salad looks amazing! :)

  6. Wow, I’m making this next time I’m home alone. My man is not really a big fan of salads, so this is perfect home alone food! ;)

  7. I am also a paranoid crazy person and hate staying in houses by myself. And this salad looks awesome (fruit in salad is also awesome), but I would sub tofu for chicken. :)

  8. Funny, that’s one of the reasons I got a dog! I can’t stand being alone — and as my fiance is a firefighter/newspaper circulation manager, he often has calls, training, and distribution that takes him away from home at night. Usually, I make that my night to watch “Say Yes to the Dress” and snuggle shamelessly with the dog :)

    I love the idea of mixing chicken with berries and grapes. I’m going to have to try this soon — I’m attempting to compile a good list of hearty dinner-appropriate salads. This fits the bill exactly. Thanks for sharing!

  9. This looks great and I love the almond butter dressing idea too, genius!

  10. I am such a wimp, I don’t think I could stay in my apartment completely alone. Even before I read the multiple choice question, I was going to suggest getting a dog! My pup makes me feel so much better when the boyfriend is on work trips, partially because she keeps me company but also because I know that she’d bark if someone came into the apartment while I was sleeping (so paranoid haha).

    Also the salad looks amazing. I’m trying to get on board with salads this year, and honey mustard dressing will definitely help.

  11. I’m actually NOT a fan of fruit in salad! I tried to be for years, but I don’t even like dried cranberries in my salad. This looks amazing with the exception of the fruit! I’m intrigued by this dressing and am writing down the recipe.

  12. This looks wonderful… I love how you meld all of the different fruits together in this salad. This is definitely a combination that I wouldn’t have thought of trying, but I cannot wait to try it. One of the things I look forward to when my boyfriend isn’t home too is spaghetti carbonara… now that he can’t eat gluten, I always pick up an order of my favorite carbonara when he’s away. :-)

  13. This looks amazing. Thanks for sharing and for including the nutrition info.

  14. Awsome stuff! If you can find fresh pomegranate seeds it might add a nice tangyness to it. Hang in there!

  15. Looks delicious! I too like fruit in my salad, particularly strawberries.

  16. You’re so funny! I am the same way when I am home alone. I’m extra paranoid because I have a baby to defend if said monster came out of the basement. I might have planned an escape route or two…. I’m crazy.

    Oh and I also feel great about fruit in a salad, even chicken salad. I’m also good with bacon in there. :)

  17. Such a pretty salad! Dressing with almond butter in it? Must try!

  18. Wow this salad looks so refreshing, I love how you managed to combine such beautiful colors to form a rainbow!

  19. Oh my word that dressing sounds INSANE. Amazing!

  20. I am totally the same way when my hubby travels – which happens more than I’d like. ADT is my friend. And do you know the trick about sleeping with your car keys near your head so you can set off your car alarm? #paranoidbutitworks

  21. Kristin Janzen says:

    Yes yes yes to everything – Unreasonably scared when hubby is away (I always let my 2 year old sleep with me when he goes away. Like she could save me!). Yes to Netflix (have you discovered Downton Abbey? Ughhh my heart). And especially yes to this salad! Looks so yummy!

  22. Absolutely wonderful salad with lots of great flavors and colors! This sounds absolutely perfect right now :)

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

  23. I hate hate being home alone when my husband travels for work. I even have three kids at home and still feel so lonely! Must be love!! This salad looks amazingly beautiful and delish! I will be making this soon. I love fruit in salads! Thanks for sharing!

  24. Oh gosh I can totally relate! I hate being alone in the house, especially overnight. Suddenly I notice every strange sound and I become utterly convinced that someone is trying to break in. Ugh ugh ugh I hate it.

    This salad looks amazing. I’m a huge fan of fruits in salad. Especially berries. But apples and strawberries are great too. Also, this dressing looks amazing!

  25. This salad looks divine. I love fruit in my salad. It’s like…2for1! I feel the exact same way about being home alone. Hate it! My husband thinks I’m nuts, but I’m scared to turn off the lights. Sleeping in the middle of the bed is almost worth it but only if I can fall asleep!

  26. Uhhh, yeah, there’s a monster in my basement, too. I could hear the creepiest sound in the world, but if my husband is home, I just shrug it off. If I’m home alone, my heart races and I just about dial 911. We watch too much crime TV, I would assume.

    This salad sounds fantastic!

  27. I HATE staying home alone. I try to hide in my husband’s suitcase every time he has to go on a work trip or I go with him despite how much time off and money I do not have! But I do love the few benefits like you said – reality shows with no shame, pasta and butter and/or popcorn for dinner, etc. P.S. That salad is beautiful!

  28. I haven’t been married for long so I haven’t spent a night alone yet … actually I don’t even have a home yet (living with mother-in-law for a while) so some peace and quiet sounds quite good right now! I’ll probably change my mind after my first creaky-old-house first night alone!
    As for the salad, love the idea of the nutty dressing! And I think fruit goes really well in salads, especially if there are some nuts and cheese in there. Lovely!

  29. UHBSESSED with this salad. Love the idea behind this dressing! Totally trying it out this week – thanks for sharing!

  30. Ugh I know what you mean. My hubby is gone A LOT (hence the dog). It turns out the dog, although he is 65 pounds, is even more of a scardy cat than I am, haha!

    Oh, and I do love fruit in my salads. Especially grapes. And strawberries too. I think I could get addicted to that almond honey mustard dressing. Yum!

  31. The house always seems to make strange noises when my hubby isn’t home.

    This salad looks great. I love the ingredients, add on that honey mustard. I’m all over it.

  32. Hmmm… guess I’m the only one who absolutely LOVES when I have the house to myself. Usually it’s filled with boys and men and dog and cats… Please. Need I say I am the ONLY one who really enjoys eating healthy (they have no choice, I’m the cook!) and when I make something like this I don’t get any Ewwwww….

    Now, about that salad. I am SO making this in the near future. Dammit, just used up the last of my chicken in tonight’s fajita dinner…

  33. Oh my gosh, almond butter honey mustard? That dressing sounds like the stuff of my dreams! This salad is so a must.

    And I SO feel you about having the house alone. Over the holidays my boyfriend was away for nine days and it was rough going. I did go all out on Netflix though – reality TV, documentaries, girly movies (all while laying in the middle of the bed, of course!). That binge really threw off the “what you’d like” algorithm :)

  34. This sounds amaaaaazing, but we don’t have almond butter where I live (I’ve been looking for 2 years now..)..would I ruin the whole thing if I used peanut butter? Thanks :)*

  35. I’m with you! I don’t like being home alone either! Thankfully my hubby took a new position a couple years ago that doesn’t involve much travel – he didn’t like being gone! Ahhh … I just love my guy! ;)

    I am a big, huge, ginormous fan of fruit on a salad! I love it! I love it! And well, let’s be totally honest … feta makes pretty much any thing taste better!

    I can’t wait to try this dressing recipe – almond butter!! So smart, Lindsay! I’ve never made dressing with almond butter – but I am super excited about trying it! Especially if it’s your fave dressing so far in 2014! Lol!! :)

  36. This post had me laughing. I am the exact same way; when the lights go down here comes out the house monster! I have LOVED looking through your blog- simply beautiful!

  37. Hi there, This salad will be made this week-end. I just have a question Almond butter should i be looking for it in the peanut butter section, is it the same type of product? Never heard of Almond butter before.

    Thanks Nadia

  38. That is a big endorsement for that dressing! Gotta try it. Don’t I know about those creaking noises at night when alone. I got a hubby who travels – A LOT . . . and an older house that “settles.” I sympathize. Looks like another healthy recipe to try. Thanks so much.

  39. That dressing – gawsh – I have no words!

  40. This salad is almost too pretty to eat! Love the creativity with the blueberries and the almond butter in the dressing. Looks delish!!

  41. the dressing sounds delicious! AND the colors make me feel like spring in just around the corner! but its not =(

  42. I LOVE fresh fruit in salads! I love sweet and savory together and this salad looks perfect. I can’t wait to try this dressing either. I am completely sold on the whole mustard and nut butter idea!

  43. Honey Mustard is like my favorite! The fact that you do rainbow colors is awesome to get every benefit of every vegetable!

  44. OHMYGOSH. For starters, I love love LOVE the way you compose your salad photos! Setting each of the toppings in its own little pile, each with its own pretty color, and then streaming in the dressing? Amazing. I want to try that myself!

    And two… Almond butter salad dressing?? YUM! I adore peanut butter, but I’m pretending to be a little healthier and bought a jar of almond butter at the store. (I have yet to open it, but we’re ignoring that little detail…) I definitely want to try this dressing!

    And three… Tell me about it! Staying alone in the house all alone can be fun — especially the getting-more-work-done-and-watching-boy-hated-TV-shows — until night rolls around. Even with our little 15-pound chihuahua, there still isn’t anyone around to protect me when the tree branches attach or the crickets sound mean. I hope Bjork comes home soon!

  45. Ahhhh, you’ve outdone yourself once again Lindsay. Thank you for sharing this goodness with us <3

  46. Anna Green says:

    Somehow I felt I was the only grown woman who becomes irrationally “afraid if the dark” when my man isn’t home at night. He doesn’t go away overnight often, but he’s got a trip coming up soon that I’m already dreading – I think netflix and this salad (and some of that fettuccine Alfredo) sound in order!

  47. This looks so good. Like, I need to make this now, kind of good! What would you recommend subbing for the almond butter? here in Bahrain I don’t think I’ll be able to find it easily. I have another few of your recipes bookmarked that I can’t wait to try!

  48. Get a Dog! You can’t go wrong having a cuddly bit of loyal protectiveness in your life!

    Fruit in Salad? I’m all for it!!

  49. I hate being alone at night, and it’s amazing the things my imagination can come up with when I hear an unexpected sound :) This salad looks amazing though, and I can’t wait to try it.
    p.s. I love Extreme Couponing too

  50. Hi! We had this salad for dinner tonight and I am pretty sure it is the best salad I’ve made in a long time!! Thank you :)

  51. Um, this salad looks like a dream. I love love love fruit in my salad, although I’ve never used blueberries OR grapes. I’m more of an apples and strawberries kind of gal, but I think this looks like the perfect salad. Like, so perfect that it’ll be tomorrow’s dinner. <3

  52. Rebecca W. says:

    I can’t wait to try this! I have two questions that may be obvious, but I wanted to double check: 1) Is stoneground mustard the prepared mustard out of a bottle or the dry spice? 2) Do you use raw garlic or the powdered kind in your recipe? Thanks for your help. I have this on the menu for this week! :)

  53. The only way to eat salad in the winter time is to make it extra pretty and tasty. This salad fits the bill.

  54. Uuummh, it looks delicious! And I love fruit in salad. Just only one kind I think, otherwise it gets a little much! But it think a good salad should be have the five tastes: (sour, bitter, sweet, salt and umami AND be crispy and colourful! Then it will always be a winner!

    Btw: Just a newbie on your blog! Love it so far! ;)

  55. I made this salad tonight and it is amazing as is the dressing!

  56. I made this salad today for lunch but I didn’t want to spend on ingredients so I sort of adapted to what I already had in my fridge. So it was chicken, lettuce, grapes, parmesan cheese and dry apricot with raisins instead of the blueberry. I was a bit sad about the dressing though because it had to go without the almond butter. It did taste good – although a bit thin – but I will always wonder about the difference the almond butter would make.

  57. My daughter is extremely allergic to tree nuts so no almond butter in our house which is a total bummer because I can’t imagine regular peanut butter would even come close for this recipe. Maybe I’ll make it for my husband and I and give her a honey mustard dressing that she loves and won’t feel left out.

  58. Caught ya on Foodgawker…. I LOVE fruit in salads! Also crunchy things like nuts or seeds… This dressing sounds absolutely divine… I’m feelin’ that rainbow, yo.

  59. Hey fellow Minnesotan! Just found this great blog of yours and I have to say that I share your hatred for being home alone. So much so I got a dog and a security system and neither one helped much. I still hate being home alone. At least I tried? This recipe looks delicious. It’s going on the grocery list this week!

  60. This was THE BEST salad I ever ate!!!

  61. Wow! This salad looks like good health in a bowl. Thank you for making my 2014 goals a little easier.
    Teresa

  62. This is hands down the most delicious salad and homemade dressing I have ever had. I LOVE it!!! Thank you so much for this recipe!

  63. Kelly Brown says:

    I pinned this a while ago and finally made it last night! My husband LOVED the salad dressing (as did I) and I love all the fruit in the salad. AWESOME recipe!

  64. This is the absolute BEST salad/dressing I have ever had!!! I’ve never made homemade dressing before – it is totally drinkable. :)

  65. I am overseas…any idea for an almond butter sub? thanks!

  66. Brianna says:

    Love the combo of everything in this salad – so amazingly good! The flavors meld together so well. The only thing I would try to improve is the dressing….mine came out VERY thick and dry (if a dressing could be dry, ha ha). I even had extra orange juice and water, but perhaps I should have added a little more oil. Anyone else have this problem or is it just me? :)

    Will definitely have to make this one again, repeatedly!

  67. We just had this salad for dinner and it was fantastic! I kept finding reasons to dip my spoon into the dressing…It was good enough to make it into my regular rotation :)

  68. Holy cow this is the BEST salad dressing I’ve ever made!!! I used goat cheese instead of feta today for lunch and it tastes like a salad from a restaurant. Thanks!!

  69. Haven’t tried the salad yet, but do rescue a dog! Don’t buy a dog. Rescue a dog. Can you tell I do animal rescue? Please save a life and find your BFF living behind bars on death row. You won’t regret it. Thanks!

  70. This. Was. So. Good. It hit every spot, and I am already eyeing the Tupperware in the fridge that I’ve packed for my lunch tomorrow. And that DRESSING. Yum.

  71. This looks so yummy!! And it’s gorgeous too. Can’t wait to try it!

  72. Made this yesterday and it’s crazy tasty! And super super easy. Only thing I did differently was no blueberries (expensive!) and I marinated the chicken with the leftover orange juice and grilled it instead.

  73. Dressing sounds delicious. I often make a similar dressing with peanut butter. Almonds butter sounds good too. thanks for sharing Lindsay!!

  74. Thank you for introducing this into my life. We just enjoyed it for dinner, and I’m pretty sure I’m going to start eating some form of it every day for lunch. The dressing is ridiculously amazing. I’ve been enjoying cooking my way through your blog!

  75. This salad is absolutely delicious, one of my new favourites. I made it exactly as described except for the greens – used garden spinach and kale which I had on hand. The dressing is fantastic. Thank you for shaking up my salad routine, it was getting a bit boring!

  76. I was inspired by the gorgeous picture to make this today– it was really yummy! I baked my chicken just because it is easier for me (I had the smaller pieces as well). I had some pecans on hand so subbed those for the almonds. The dressing was a real winner. Thanks for the great recipe(s)– I am sure I will be trying a lot of the others you have posted :-)

  77. pjs2780 says:

    made this for the second time last night. hubby and 3.5 year old give it 4 thumbs up. i made extra dressing so i could dip other things into it during the week. we love fruit in salads — once summer is over, this would probably work well with mandarin oranges.

  78. Just made this! It cost a lot to buy all the stuff because I did not have any of it but now that I have it I will be making it all the time!

    I was surprised that mustard and almond butter would taste great together.

    Thanks!

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