Chicken and Berries Lettuce Salad with Fruity Yogurt Dressing

My son and I have both earned ribbons in 4-H cooking contests with this Chicken and Berries Lettuce Salad with Fruity Yogurt Dressing.  The ingredients are so simple, yet the salad tastes absolutely amazing as a main course or side dish!

We love how the simple yet unique yogurt salad dressing ties everything together and makes it more enjoyable to eat a salad!

Chicken and Berries Lettuce Salad with fruity yogurt salad dressing on top

If you enjoy this recipe you may also enjoy Linguine SaladRotini Pasta Salad with Mixed Greens or Hot Bacon Salad Dressing.

Strawberry and Raspberry Yogurt Dressing

This basic yogurt salad dressing blends strawberries, raspberries, strawberry yogurt, a little white wine vinegar and sugar together for a sweet dressing that everyone in our family enjoys!

I’m not a huge fan of salad dressing and I’m not sure that my son has ever eaten it until he made this recipe.  Since we both eat this and enjoy it our Fruity Yogurt Dressing must be pretty good!

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My son made this recipe for the county 4-H Dairy Foods contest with is sponsored by local dairy farmers.  Another delicious recipe from this contest is our White Pizza Dip. The requirements are that each recipe contains at least one cup of a real dairy product.

We’ve made this recipe with a variety of ingredients and our family prefers strawberry yogurt in the dressing over plain yogurt.  One of my friends prefers the plain yogurt.  We also tested adding blueberries to the salad and got a split decision.  I never thought to try making the dressing with blueberries though.

Spoonful of strawberry and raspberry yogurt and Berries Salad Dressing

Lettuce Salad with Chicken

Plain chicken tastes best on this salad which helps make it so easy!  Grilling chicken breast tenderloins is the easiest way to make this recipe.  If you have more time to grill and cut up whole chicken breasts that’s fine too.  Tenderloins have been the easiest for us to make.  Our 11-year-old son has made the recipe on his own with grilled tenderloins.  Use a digital meat thermometer to cook the chicken to an internal temperature of 160ºF.

After testing a variety of spring mixes and 50/50 blends we recommend that the mixture include spinach and a variety of other greens.  We didn’t find a combination that tasted bad.  Pick your favorite mixed salad greens and enjoy!

Chicken and Berries Lettuce Salad with Fruity Yogurt Dressing on board for salad spread

Should I Wash the Lettuce Even if it’s Prewashed?

There are organisms in nature and the dirt that some of our bodies aren’t used to.  I typically like to err on the side of caution and wash lettuce again.  Surely it was prewashed if the package says so, but it’s hard to tell how often the wash water is changed.

Then again today my husband pulled out leftovers from our son making this salad for a 4-H contest last night and we ate the lettuce right out of the box.  We have several things on the agenda and I’m especially appreciative of his efforts to help with lunch, so I didn’t want to step in and command that the lettuce be washed.

I have confidence in our food supply, but when I have time I like to wash my fruits and vegetables again!

How to Make Fruity Yogurt Dressing

  1. Wash salad greens and fruit
  2. Toss salad ingredients together and sprinkle with almonds
  3. Place all Fruity Yogurt Dressing ingredients in a blender until smooth
  4. Serve over salad and store in the refrigerator

Tips for Making Lettuce Salad with Chicken and Fruit

  • We like plain grilled chicken the best
  • The smaller the bite-sized pieces of chicken and lettuce the easier this salad is to eat
  • The yogurt salad dressing tastes great for 1-3 days when stored in the refrigerator
  • Store ingredients in separate containers in the refrigerator and mix together when ready to enjoy
  • Adding blueberries to the salad tastes great too
  • Leeks can be easily substituted for green onions
  • Plain yogurt can be substituted for strawberry yogurt, it just won’t be as sweet
  • We use a mini Cuisinart blender for convenience

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Chicken and Berries Lettuce Salad

Servings 4 people
Jennifer @ Plowing Through Life
My son and I have both earned ribbons in 4-H cooking contests with this Chicken and Berries Lettuce Salad with Fruity Yogurt Dressing.  The ingredients are so simple, yet the salad tastes absolutely amazing as a main course or side dish!  We love how the simple yet unique yogurt salad dressing ties everything together and makes it more enjoyable to eat a salad!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients
  

Chicken and Berries Lettuce Salad

  • 4 cups Mixed salad greens cut in bite sized pieces spring mix or 50/50 blend works well
  • 2 cup Cooked chicken cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1/2 cup Raspberries
  • 1/2 cup Strawberries sliced
  • 1/4 cup Green onions sliced
  • 1/4 cup Slivered almonds
  • Ground pepper optional

Fruity Yogurt Dressing

  • 1 cup Strawberry yogurt we like Yoplait smooth style
  • 1/4 cup raspberries
  • 1/4 cup strawberries
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons sugar

Instructions
 

  • Wash salad greens and fruit. Toss salad ingredients together and sprinkle with almonds.
  • Place all Fruity Yogurt Dressing ingredients in blender. Blend on high speed about 15 seconds or until smooth. Serve over salad and store in the refrigerator.

Notes

  • We like plain grilled chicken the best
  • The smaller the bite-sized pieces of chicken and lettuce the easier this salad is to eat
  • The yogurt salad dressing tastes great for 1-3 days when stored in the refrigerator
  • Store ingredients in separate containers in the refrigerator and mix together when ready to enjoy
  • Adding blueberries to the salad tastes great too
  • Leeks can be easily substituted for green onions
  • Plain yogurt can be substituted for strawberry yogurt, it just won’t be as sweet

Nutrition

Calories: 255kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 22gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 58mgSodium: 98mgPotassium: 478mgFiber: 3gSugar: 15gVitamin A: 564IUVitamin C: 32mgCalcium: 109mgIron: 2mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Plowing Through Life” is not a dietitian or nutrition professional. Any nutritional information shared is an estimate and can vary greatly depending on specific products are used. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through an online nutritional calculator of your choice.

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