Blackberry Chicken Salad (with easy dressing from scratch)

When that hot summer sun is shining, we crave light lunches that take little time to whip up. That’s how blackberry chicken salad found its way onto our table. The fresh blackberries, red onion, and iceberg lettuce make the perfect summer lunch. Oh, and don’t forget the balsamic blackberry dressing; it’s bursting with flavor!

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    salad bowl with chicken onion and blackberries

    Simple blackberry chicken ingredients

    For this recipe you’ll only need a few simple ingredients:

    • ground chicken
    • sea salt
    • ground black pepper
    • garlic powder 
    • onion powder 
    • head of iceberg lettuce
    • red onion 
    • fresh blackberries
    • raw honey 
    • balsamic vinegar 

    Let’s cook the chicken!

    I chose ground chicken to keep this recipe super quick and simple. When it comes to summer lunches, we all know we want something easy.

    To cook the chicken, you’ll just heat a pan on medium heat, add in the ground chicken, and cook for 8–10 minutes. It’s so simple.

    bowl with lettuce onion and berries

    Prep the fruit and veggies with care

    This salad is full of delicious summer produce like blackberries, red onion, and iceberg lettuce. You’re going to chop the lettuce, dice the onion, and slice the blackberries. It only takes a few minutes!

    bowl of salad covered in a blackberry dressing

    Don’t forget the homemade dressing!

    Homemade salad dressing from scratch always tastes 100 times better than any store-bought version. It’s so fresh and adds tons of flavor.

    For my blackberry balsamic dressing, you’ll simply combine fresh blackberries, honey, and balsamic vinegar in a blender. It takes less than a minute and tastes like the sweet summer season we’re in.

    Put together your own salad tool kit

    If you love salads, you’ve got to put together a little tool kit for your kitchen. This will make homemade salads simple to whip up at home. Here’s what’s in mine, even though I don’t make salads often:

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    Blackberry chicken salad: Frequently asked questions

    Can I use chicken breast instead of ground chicken?

    Of course! You’ll want to cook the chicken breast longer, but it’ll be delicious in this salad.

    Can I use frozen blackberries?

    Yes, you can just be sure to thaw them overnight in the fridge and drain off excess liquid before using them.

    Storing leftover salad

    If you don’t plan to eat the entire bowl of salad, keep the dressing off and add as much as you want to your bowl(s). This will make storing leftovers a breeze. You can store undressed salad in the fridge for 3–4 days.

    up close shot of bowl full of chicken berries lettuce onion

    Substitutions you can try

    • You can swap the ground chicken for boneless, skinless chicken breast.
    • If you don’t have a red onion, use a yellow or white onion instead.
    • If you don’t have balsamic vinegar, swap it for apple cider vinegar.
    • You can add any nuts or dried fruits of your choice if you desire.
    salad bowl with chicken onion and blackberries

    Blackberry Chicken Salad (with easy dressing from scratch)

    Yield: 2-3 servings of salad
    Prep Time: 12 minutes
    Cook Time: 8 minutes
    Total Time: 20 minutes

    When that hot summer sun is shining, we crave light lunches that take little time to whip up. That's how blackberry chicken salad found its way onto our table. The fresh blackberries, red onion, and iceberg lettuce make the perfect summer lunch. Oh, and don't forget the balsamic blackberry dressing; it's bursting with flavor!

    Ingredients

    For the Chicken

    • 1/2 pound ground chicken
    • 1/2 tsp salt
    • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
    • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
    • 1/2 tsp onion powder

    For the Salad

    • 1/2 of a head of iceberg lettuce
    • 1/4 cup diced red onion
    • 1 cup (6oz) of blackberries
    • 2 Tbsp raw honey
    • 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar

    Instructions

    1. Add ground chicken, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder to a skillet on medium heat and cook for 8-10, until fully cooked. 
    2. Set aside and let cool while making the rest of the salad.
    3. Chop lettuce into shreds and place in a large salad bowl.
    4. Finely dice half of a red onion and measure out 1/4 cup. Add to the salad bowl and store the rest away for another use.
    5. Measure out half of the blackberries around 1/2 cup, roughly chop into large chunks, and add to the salad bowl.
    6. Now add cooked ground chicken to the salad bowl and set bowl aside.
    7. In a blender combine the rest of the blackberries ( 1/2 cup), honey, and balsamic vinegar. Blend until smooth.
    8. Pour the dressing over the salad. Toss to combine and enjoy!

    Notes

    Storing leftover salad

    If you don't plan to eat the entire bowl of salad, keep the dressing off and add as much as you want to your bowl(s). This will make storing leftovers a breeze. You can store undressed salad in the fridge for 3–4 days.

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