Sunshine Salad

Posted: April 12

Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

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The perfect spring day is bright, breezy, mild, and relaxing; so is this Sunshine Salad! This hearty salad is filled with savory chicken, crispy bacon, crisp apples, bright fruits, and tangy Gorgonzola cheese! Dressed up in a zesty and sweet dressing, Sunshine Salad positively beams with vibrancy and fun flavors! Since it's so quick and easy to make, you'll find yourself making this salad whenever you need a little sparkle!


For the salad: • 1 large head of romaine lettuce, rinsed and chopped, or 5 cups of mixed greens • 1 cup chicken, cooked and chopped • 1 cup bacon, cooked and chopped • 1 cup Granny Smith apples, chopped • 1 cup red onion, chopped • 1 cup grapes • 1 cup mandarin oranges • 1 cup strawberries, chopped • 1 cup walnuts • 3/4 cup Gorgonzola cheese, crumbled • 2 avocados, chopped For the dressing: • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar • 1 teaspoon orange zest, grated • 2 tablespoons orange juice, freshly squeezed • 2 1/2 teaspoons dijon mustard • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, plus more to taste • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper • 2/3 cup olive oil


Step 1

In a large bowl, toss together the greens, chicken, bacon, apple, red onion, grapes, oranges, strawberries, walnuts, Gorgonzola cheese, and avocado.

Step 2

Whisk together the vinegar, orange zest, orange juice, mustard, maple syrup, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Slowly whisk in the olive oil to emulsify the dressing.

Step 3

Toss the salad with the dressing.

Step 4


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