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If you ask me what’s my favorite salad the answer will always be the Chick-fil-A Market Salad. It’s sooo good. The flavor combinations are bright and delicious, and honestly, I could eat one for breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day and not get tired of it!
But it never fails, I always seem to crave it on Sunday when Chick-fil-A is closed! So now I just make my own (if I can keep berries in the house, my kids can eat them by the pound faster than locusts!) With my weekly Produce Box deliveries now I always have the ingredients on hand for my favorite salad.
You just have to try it!! The Chick-fil-A Market salad is made with “sliced grilled chicken breast served on a fresh bed of chopped Romaine lettuce and baby greens, topped with shredded red cabbage and carrots, crumbled blue cheese and a mix of red and green apples, strawberries and blueberries. Served with Harvest Nut Granola, Roasted Nut Blend, Zesty Apple Cider Vinaigrette dressing or pairs nicely with Light Balsamic Vinaigrette dressing.”
Now I tweaked the Chick-fil-A recipe a little bit towards my personal tastes. I don’t like blue cheese so I used goat cheese crumbles. Sometimes just plain goat cheese; sometimes I use flavored, like this delicious basil and cracked pepper goat cheese, from Hillsborough Cheese Company I ordered from The Produce Box.
The best salad, IMO, have a lot of textures. Sometimes I add pecans, sunflower seeds, cashews and/or dried cherries. The tartness of the cherries goes really well with the sweet strawberries and tangy goat cheese. Plus I love how chewy they are–it makes me slow down and savor my salad.
I have to make a huge salad because my kids love this one as much as I do. But the recipe below is a “normal” size for people who don’t have five
locusts daughters in the house.
My favorite dressing was Chick-fil-A’s light Balsamic Vinaigrette, until I found out how quick and easy it is to make your own! It only takes a couple of minutes and it tastes so much better than anything you can buy in a bottle. The secret is to use good quality balsamic vinegar. And this shaker makes it super simple!
Ever crave the Chick-fil-A Market Salad only to realize it's Sunday and CFA is closed? Now you can have their delicious salad whenever you want!
- 1 C chopped or shredded chicken breast (cooked and cooled)
- 1 head chopped romaine lettuce (or 3 romaine hearts)
- 1 8 oz bag baby greens
- 1/2 C shredded red cabbage
- 1/2 C chopped or shredded carrots
- 1/8 C crumbled goat cheese--optional (not a fan of Blue Cheese)
- 1 red apple, cut into chunks
- 1 green apple, cut into chunks
- 1 pint strawberries, quartered
- 1/4 C blueberries
- Mix ingredients together
- Top with homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette
In a hurry? You can use leftover roasted chicken, bagged salad, and pre-made dressing.
This balsamic vinaigrette recipe is easy to make, delicious, and tastes MUCH better than store bought dressing!
CFA also serves their salad with packets of Harvest Nut Granola, and Roasted Nut Blend. I almost never use them, but you can easily grab some salad toppers to add some extra crunch.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 151Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 300mgSodium: 111mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 5gSugar: 9gProtein: 11g