Lime-Berry Chicken Salad


  • 2 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves – cut into thin strips
  • 3 tablespoons frozen limeade concentrate, thawed
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon dried minced onion
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • 1 pound baby spinach leaves
  • 2 cups sliced fresh strawberries
  • 1 cup sugar snap peas, ends and strings removed
  • 1/2 cup pecan halves


Toss chicken breasts, limeade, and pepper in a bowl. Cook the chicken breasts in a skillet until no longer pink in the center and the juices run clear, about 8 minutes. Remove skillet from the heat and set aside.

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Combine sugar, vinegar, salt, mustard, and onion in a blender. Process for about 20 seconds. With the blender on high speed, gradually add oil in a slow and steady stream. Stir in poppy seeds.

Arrange spinach on 4 salad plates and top with strawberries, peas, pecans, and the cooked chicken. Serve with the poppy seed dressing.