Strawberry & Chicken Salad

Strawberry & Chicken Salad

Strawberries come into season right at the beginning of summer here in upstate New York. I love using fresh-picked, local strawberries in my cooking. This salad has strawberries on top as well as in the dressing! Don't be afraid of having fruit with protein in a salad - it tastes amazing. Pro tip: make your own salad dressing. It's super easy and way healthier. I did an IGTV video on making an easy one-minute honey mustard salad dressing the other day - follow @rachel.reaches on Instagram for that content!

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Pesto Chicken & Peach Salad

Pesto Chicken & Peach Salad

A friend showed me this salad last year and I originally thought it was gonna be SO WEIRD. Peach and pesto? Those didn't seem to go together to me. But I made it and OH MY GOODNESS, was it amazing. This is such a wonderful summer salad - the chicken thighs are tender and delicious and the fresh summer peaches bring such a nice brightness of flavor. Topped simply with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, this is a quick salad that is perfect for a fast & healthy weeknight meal!

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Green Goddess Cobb Salad with Chicken

Green Goddess Cobb Salad with Chicken

When Panera released their Green Goddess Cobb Salad with Chicken in 2016, I thought it was the most delicious thing in the world. Avocado, pickled onion, BACON... this salad really had it all. Plus it was FULL of protein! And I was obsessed with the dressing. I really wanted to recreate this at home. The summer after we moved in to our new house, my husband and I were having out-of-town family over to visit and see it - this would be the perfect opportunity to try. I made a big bowl of my own copycat Panera version for our family barbecue. It was a hit! I know this will be a hit for you, too.

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