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Berry Almond Salad with Chicken

by TastefullyJulie on June 22, 2012

You may or may not know about the new berry salad they have at Wendy’s. I don’t make a habit out of frequenting fast food joints, but during the last four weeks of the school year I felt like they knew me by name at Wendy’s.

My daughter had hours and hours of dance rehearsals. On top of that mix in one kid in band and one kid in orchestra with end of year concerts. Swim meets, school dances, clubs, oh my! I swear I pack in more stress, errands, and running around in June than I do the entire rest of the year. I barely had enough time to eat dinner, let alone make it myself.

So here we are, finally in the first week of summer vacation. There’s no telling when I will be done with this (done!) and ready for school to start back up. For now I will bask in the glory of little to no responsibilities.

And little to no fast food restaurants.

The one thing I really would have missed is this salad, however, so I went ahead and figured out how to make it myself.

I ordered this salad begrudgingly at Wendy’s and I had low (very low) expectations for it. Fruit and chicken on a “mixed green” salad from a fast food restaurant? I imagined mushy blueberries, sour strawberries, and gristly chicken on half brown iceberg lettuce.

Maybe I should cut Dave and Wendy some slack! The salad was actually delicious with super fresh fruit, mesclun greens, and real chicken breast. Um, it was really good. So good that I ordered it twice a week for four weeks.

As good as it was, there’s no need to run out to the drive-thru when this salad is so easy to make on your own. The dressing consists of four ingredients shaken together and the salad doesn’t even require a recipe. Just mix together the greens, toppings, and dressing. Fast, healthy food from your our kitchen. Now that’s better.

Sorry, Dave.

4.8 from 6 reviews

Easy Raspberry Vinaigrette
Recipe type: Dressing
 

Ingredients
  • ½ cup raspberry vinegar
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 4 teaspoons agave nectar (may substitute honey or other sweetener if you prefer)
  • 2 teaspoons mustard

Instructions
  1. Measure all ingredients into a mason jar or empty, washed dressing bottle.
  2. Shake to combine.

4.8 from 6 reviews

Berry Almond Salad with Chicken
Recipe type: Salad
 

Ingredients
  • Mixed salad greens
  • Handful of fresh strawberries, sliced
  • Handful of fresh blueberries
  • Handful of silvered almonds
  • Handful of Asiago cheese
  • Grilled chicken, chopped
  • Raspberry vinaigrette dressing

Instructions
  1. Prepare greens in a salad bowl and top with berries, almonds, cheese, and chicken.
  2. Add raspberry vinaigrette dressing to taste.

 

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1 Jessica@AKitchenAddiction June 22, 2012 at 11:29 am

This sounds like the perfect summer salad! Definitely want to try the vinaigrette!
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2 TastefullyJulie June 24, 2012 at 1:59 pm

Try it. You can add more or less sweetener to your taste. I like my raspberry vinaigrette a little on the tart side.

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3 Angie@Angie's Recipes June 22, 2012 at 11:56 am

My type of salad! Looks really delightful and delicious.
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4 Choc Chip Uru June 22, 2012 at 4:51 pm

This salad looks and must taste stunning :D

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5 Katherine Martinelli June 22, 2012 at 5:01 pm

This sounds so delicious! And I am sure that your version is so much more delicious than Wendy’s.
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6 TastefullyJulie June 24, 2012 at 2:00 pm

Thanks, Katherine!

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7 Part Time House Wife June 22, 2012 at 5:47 pm

Your salad is much prettier than Wendy would have given me… ;-) Yum. LOVE fruit in my salad. I’m so gonna make that dressing too.
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8 TastefullyJulie June 24, 2012 at 2:00 pm

Yea, the chicken from Wendy’s was actually scalding hot which made for a bit of a wilty salad.

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9 cj June 23, 2012 at 12:36 am

Love this … So summery and seasonal :)

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10 Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet June 23, 2012 at 11:25 am

I need to try this vinaigrette. I love raspberry kind on my salad any day! Thank you for sharing, Julie!
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11 Riley June 23, 2012 at 12:59 pm

I definitely want to try this vinaigrette! It looks yummy.

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12 Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. June 23, 2012 at 11:48 pm

I love summer salads like this! Looks so yummy!
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13 Jane June 24, 2012 at 5:23 pm

I don’t think I have ever seen raspberry vinegar! (or maybe I just never have looked?) I will have to try and find some! Sounds really good!

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14 TastefullyJulie June 24, 2012 at 7:47 pm

I know! I thought I was going to have to macerate raspberries to make the dressing but then I saw that vinegar…

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15 Baking Serendipity June 24, 2012 at 10:25 pm

I love the thought of making over this salad at home. I keep seeing it on commercials and thinking about trying it, but I’m sure an at-home version is even better. So glad your days have calmed down a bit…wishing you a great summer!
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16 EA-The Spicy RD June 25, 2012 at 10:00 am

Yay! You finally made it to summer vacation :-) . We are just starting week 2. It was so nice not having to rush it the door every morning last week, but the constant bickering b/w my two kids has already begun. Sigh…Your salad looks delicious! I’ve been craving some light summery scalds, so this one is getting pinned to make for dinner one night soon. Enjoy your first week of vacation!

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17 Beth Michelle June 25, 2012 at 10:56 pm

A perfect summer salad and so easy to come together Love the sound of the dressing!
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18 Jennifer June 28, 2012 at 12:07 pm

This looks so refreshing. Way better then the wilted stuff they serve you at Wendy’s. I’m looking forward to making this for lunch.
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19 shannon @ a periodic table July 1, 2012 at 10:37 am

LOVE. and i have apricot vinegar, so i understand the power/delightfulness of flavored vinaigrettes all too well. yum!
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20 Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips July 3, 2012 at 9:40 pm

This is my kind of salad! I didn’t even know they had this at Wendy’s.
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21 Chris July 4, 2012 at 1:46 am

I am dying these look so good. Those are some seriously tasty looking salad with the combination of chicken! Thanks for sharing :)

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22 Mike July 6, 2012 at 6:20 pm

I ate this salad from Wendy’s 3-5 time a week when I discovered it last year during summer. It is actually good. Although I don’t like the raspberry dressing, I just use low fat Italian and it works for me. LOL. I’ve never received my salad with hot chicken, it always seems to be cold when I get my order. Thank you for the posting. I’m sure the home version will taste wayyy better.

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23 Choc Chip Uru September 21, 2012 at 3:17 pm

I would never have thought of this combo but chicken berries and almond look fantastic together :D

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24 Rigma September 24, 2012 at 5:13 pm

I LOVE THIS SALAD is my fovorite and i can eat this every day, I make it at home and you can add more in to it if you like. Adding grapes is so delish.
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25 Pete January 9, 2013 at 11:09 pm

I like my dressing a little sweeter —- this is the one I make and evryone
seems to like it very much.

Raspberry Vinaigrette dressing
1 bottle of Kraft Raspberry Vinaigrette dressing
2 teaspoons of Dijon mustard
Splash of Raspberry Wine Vinegar
1/3 cup seedless Raspberry jam
2 or 3 teaspoons sugar
Combine everything in a bowl and beat with an electric
beater until well blended.

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