Spinach Chicken Salad with Apples and Goat Cheese

Spinach Chicken Salad with Apples and Goat Cheese

In the middle of a hot summer, the last thing I want to do is heat up the house by turning on the oven to cook meals multiple times a day…

That’s when meals like this spinach chicken salad with apples and goat cheese work out perfectly!

What works really well to make this meal a simple one to prepare is to cook the chicken the night before, or even batch cook 2-3 pounds of chicken on Sunday night (the start of the week). When you cook up a bunch of chicken at once, you’re essentially set on lunches for the week.

This salad is a great way to stay on track because it will make multiple meals and it is so light, flavorful, crisp and fresh – which is perfect for a summer lunch.

This spinach chicken salad is a great way to stay on track since it’s so light, flavorful, crisp and refreshing – perfect for a summer lunch. On top of that, it makes several meals that are seriously simple to put together. What more can you ask for? 🙂

What’s also great about this salad is you can easily mix it up by switching up the dressings, mix-ins like strawberries instead of apples, or adding walnuts for some more flavor (and good fat).

Spinach Chicken Salad with Apples and Goat Cheese

TIP: To save some time you can buy rotisserie chicken and shred it – or the frozen grilled chicken strips – and use bottled dressing instead of making your own… Just make sure to check the labels.

Ingredients: *

  • 1 bag of baby spinach
  • 16 oz grilled chicken, cut into strips or chunks
  • 1-2 fuji apples, chopped into bite size pieces
  • 1 container crumbled goat cheese
  • 1 bottle of your favorite dressing (I used Panera’s Poppy seed Dressing)

Optional Toppings:

  • chopped walnuts
  • dried cranberries
  • green onions
  • cucumbers

* This recipe should make 4 servings, based on a portion of 4 oz. of chicken on each salad (adjust this to your liking). If you are just making one serving for yourself I would do:

  • 4 oz. chicken, spinach (as much as you want)
  • 1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese
  • 1 apple, chopped
  • 2-3 tbsp of dressing

Spinach Chicken Salad with Apples and Goat Cheese


  1. Cook chicken how desired, or use pre-cooked or rotisserie.
  2. To build the salad combine spinach, apple, goat cheese and dressing, and toss to thoroughly coat.
  3. Add to a bowl and top with chicken, then add more dressing if desired.

Like I said… So easy and quick!

The perfect go-to weekday lunch… Something you could have multiple times a week and never get bored 🙂

Nutritional Information:

Servings: 4
Serving Size: 1 salad (4 oz chicken, 1/4 cup goat cheese, 1 apple, spinach, 3 tbsp. dressing)

Calories: 344
Fat: 9 g
Carbohydrates: 32 g
Fiber: 5 g
Sugar: 23 g
Protein: 30 g

Spinach Chicken Salad with Apples and Goat Cheese


EMILY NESS is a full-time food and lifestyle author who’s passionate about developing simple yet mouth-watering recipes that anyone can make. Since founding her website CookingUpHappiness.com in 2013, she’s went on to share her passion for cooking healthy and tasty recipes with the thousands of people around the world.
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