Chicken Salad with Orange Vinaigrette

Simple Cooking with Heart brings you this nutritious and delicious way to get in some of your vegetable servings!

Nutrition Facts

Chicken Salad with Orange Vinaigrette


258 Per Serving


18g Per Serving


7g Per Serving

Cost Per ServingCost Per Serving

Calories 258
Total Fat 14.0 g
Saturated Fat 2.2 g
Trans Fat 0.0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2.0 g
Monounsaturated Fat 8.3 g
Cholesterol 30 mg
Sodium 306 mg
Total Carbohydrate 17 g
Dietary Fiber 7 g
Sugars 9 g
Protein 18 g

Dietary Exchanges
1 1/2 fat, 2 lean meat, 1/2 fruit, 2 vegetable


Servings  4  

For the Chicken Salad:

  • 4 Tbsp almonds, lightly toasted for 3-5 minutes in a toaster oven or dry skillet
  • 1 small avocado, unpeeled, cut in half, pit removed, then cut into thin lengthwise slices
  • 1 large cucumber, peeled and cut into quarter-inch rounds
  • 2 cups mixed salad greens, rinsed, dried
  • 2 small oranges, peeled and cut in half, seeds removed, then each half cut into six parts
  • 1 head romaine or other lettuce, rinsed, chopped (about 6 cups)
  • 20 oz canned white meat chicken (drained) OR
  • 2 cups shredded grocery store rotisserie chicken skin removed, all visible fat discarded

For the Orange Vinaigrette:

  • 1/4 tsp ground Black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/2-1 clove garlic (finely chopped)
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil or canola oil
  • 1/4 cup orange juice


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  1. Divide Romaine and mixed green lettuce into 4 bowls.
  2. Place ½ cup of shredded chicken in each bowl.
  3. Add the orange pieces to the bowls.
  4. Arrange the sliced cucumbers in the salad bowls.
  5. Carefully run a spoon under the sliced avocado, near the peel and put ¼ of the avocado on each salad.
  6. Add the chopped or slivered almonds.
  7. Place all the Orange Vinaigrette ingredients in a jar with a secure lid and shake together until mixed well.
  8. Add 2 Tablespoons of the Orange Vinaigrette to each bowl and serve.

Keep it Healthy: This dressing does not need added salt, since the mustard has salt in it.


Tip: You can make more of the orange vinaigrette and store in the refrigerator. If the olive oil gets solid, take it out of the refrigerator and leave on the counter for 30 minutes, then shake to mix all the ingredients. You can also use this as a marinade for chicken or fish before grilling or baking.

You can serve this over finely chopped green cabbage or red cabbage. You can also enjoy this in a sandwich or wrap. You can replace the chicken with shrimp or cooked fish if you prefer. You can use jicama in addition to or instead of the cucumber to add extra crunch.