Soups & Salads

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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