Fit Friday: Strawberry Spinach Summer Salad

Strawberry Summer Salad
Today is Day #19 of my first every whole30. Since my last update, things have gotten a lot easier. I have gotten used to making healthy dinners my #1 priority when I get home from work and have been planning it all out very well! I haven’t had as many cravings- unless I see something I love in person, or smell it…smelling it is the worst! I have come across a few recipes that I ABSOLUTELY love and will be sure to share more of them as the weeks go on.
Today’s recipe was actually inspired by the Spinach Salad at La Madeleine. I have to say though, I’m pretty sure mine is better…sorry Madeleine! It’s quick, it’s easy, and most importantly it’s whole30 compliant! Woohoo!
Strawberry Salad with Homemade Balsamic


  • 1 Chicken breast
  • 2-3 strips of whole30 compliant sugar free bacon
  • Strawberries
  • Red bell pepper
  • Sliced mushrooms
  • Spinach
  • Olive Oil
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Chopped Garlic
  • Salt
  • Pepper
Strawberry Spinach Salad


  1. I start in the morning by marinating the chicken. Put it into a plastic baggie with some olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and a dash of salt and pepper. Let this sit in the fridge for a few hours, but if you don’t have a lot of time, 15-30 minutes will do just fine.
  2. Once your chicken is marinated, go ahead and start chopping your fruit and veggies. I hesitate to put measurements on these because everyone will like a little bit more of one item than another, so play it by ear depending on your tastes. I used about a cup of strawberries, 1/4 cup of red bell pepper strips, 1/4 cup of mushroom slices, and 2 cups of spinach.
  3. Set your veggies aside and throw that chicken on to the grill. Cook until the middle is no longer pink!
  4. While your chicken is grilling, put your bacon into a frying pan and cook until crisp.
  5. Once cooled, you will crumble the bacon into little bits.
  6. Now, it’s time to start on your dressing. I usually make it in a glass measuring cup so that I know how much I am making and don’t have to dirty another bowl. Add one part balsamic, 3 parts olive oil. The sprinkle in some salt and pepper, and add that chopped garlic. Stir using a whisk or fork. You will have to stir again before serving because this separates VERY quickly. (I use 1/4 cup balsamic, 1/2 cup olive oil and have some left over for later!)
  7. Once the chicken is done cooking, slice it into pieces. 
  8. Now it’s time to put your salad together! Throw that spinach in a bowl and add all of your chopped ingredients. Give that dressing a little stir and pour some on top!
  9. Enjoy! This is honestly one of Wes and I’s favorite things to eat right now. It’s perfect for lunch or dinner and those strawberries, yum! I never thought I would enjoy fruit on a salad until I had this…now I just can’t get enough!Spinach and Strawberry Summer Salad
Feel free to pin this recipe to your whole30/paleo/healthy eating boards on Pinterest! I hope you all enjoy!
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