Start your grilling season off with this delicious and healthy Cherry BBQ Chicken salad! It is light and refreshing and makes for a perfect dinner salad. Everything about this dish celebrates the cherry. The chicken is grilled in a cherry BBQ sauce, fresh cherries top the salad and the dish comes together with cherry vinaigrette. So start off this cherry season with a bang and make this cherry packed salad!
This salad is fast and easy to prepare. I like to prep all my lettuce on Sundays when I have time to meal prep for the week. This way I have a quick and easy salad when time is limited when I get home from work. I wash and chop a bunch of lettuce and veggies like red cabbage, carrots, radish, celery and any other veggies I may have on hand. I make a few salad dressings like this cherry vinaigrette and simply add to the salad right before serving.
You can either grill the chicken on a barbecue or use an indoor grill pan on the stove. I love my stove-top grill pan and use it frequently. Make sure to buy thinly sliced chicken breasts to allow for a fast cook time. If you have regular chicken breasts you will need to pound them out to about 1/4th inch thickness.
One serving of this salad provides: 279 calories, only 1.8 grams of saturated fats, 25 grams of protein, 5 grams of dietary fiber, 212 mcg of folate, 2.3 mg of iron, only 195 mg of sodium and 15,209 IU of Vitamin A. A typical grilled chicken salad at a restaurant can provide around 600 to 1000+ calories and anywhere from 400 to 2,000+ mg of sodium!
The Cherry BBQ sauce recipe can be found here. This sauce is simple and easy to make and can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Lower in sodium then the typical barbecue sauces that you find in the store and is sure to add a boost of flavor to your dish!
BBQ Cherry Chicken Salad with Cherry Vinaigrette
Author: Brittany Sparks
Makes: 4 Salads & 6 Tbsp Cherry Vinaigrette
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15
Total Time: 30 minutes
4 Thin Chicken Breasts, (Pounded ~1/4 inch thick)
¼ Tsp Salt
¼ Tsp Pepper
¼ Cup Cherry BBQ Sauce + 2 Tbsp for finishing (recipe here)
In a large bowl toss the lettuce with the carrots, red cabbage and radish and set aside.
If cooking on the stove, spray a large grill pan with cooking spray. Heat pan on high heat. Sprinkle the chicken with the salt and pepper and place on the preheated grill pan or barbecue. Cook for 4 minutes then flip and cook 3 more minutes or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees. Brush the chicken with the BBQ sauce and cook for 1 more minute.
Remove from the grill and brush the chicken with the remaining 2 tablespoons of BBQ sauce.
To make the dressing place all ingredients in a jar, cover and shake to combine.
Arrange lettuce in bowls and add the fresh cherries, chicken and top with the cherry vinaigrette.
Serving Size: 1 Salad with 1 tbsp of Cherry Vinaigrette