This post may contain affiliate links, view our disclosure.

This simple grilled chicken salad recipe with balsamic syrup is easy to put together and full of summer flavors!

overhead view of simple grilled chicken salad with fruit and balsamic vinaigrette

Until about a year ago I was completely grill-lazy. Which was strange because I went through a grill-all-the-time phase where I wouldn’t even let my hubby touch the grill. (Ok, that’s a stretch. I insisted on being the primary griller, but far be it from me to completely stand between a man and his fire.)

Now I’m back to being in on the grilling fun! Especially when it’s something I’m making “for the blog” as Mike likes to say (but really, it’s also what’s for dinner), and it needs pretty grill marks. Or when at the very least the chicken needs to not look like it was dragged in by wild animals. (Don’t ask. You’d be surprised at the mangy-looking, nearly-shredded chicken breast he pulled off the grill one time. Let’s just say, that one didn’t make it to the blog.)

This simple grilled chicken salad recipe is everything a good salad should be. Balanced in flavor with tangy/sweet syrup (our “dressing”), salty with blue cheese, and full of fresh flavors and textures. Peaches are a nice surprise addition and fresh corn takes these salads over the top.

If your family is the type to ask “will I be full?” when you tell them salad is what’s for dinner, this meal will leave them very satisfied!

healthy salad bowl with vegetables and chicken

Simple Grilled Chicken Salad Recipe Ingredients and Substitutions

Ingredients Explained

In this section I explain the ingredients and give substitution ideas where applicable. For the full recipe (including the ingredient amounts), see the recipe card below.

Honey Balsamic Syrup Ingredients

  • Balsamic vinegar – If possible, use a good quality aged balsamic vinegar here for the best flavor.
  • Extra-virgin olive oil – Also go with a good quality oil for this recipe.
  • Honey – A touch of honey adds sweetness and balances the vinegar’s acidity.
  • Salt and black pepper – Salt elevates the flavor of everything else, and pepper adds a subtle piquant note.

Salad Ingredients

  • Spring mix – Or you can use any type of leafy greens or lettuce you like.
  • Grilled chicken breast – After grilling, let the meat rest for 5 to 10 minutes before slicing it cross-wise against the grain. Another option is to use chopped rotisserie chicken here.
  • Corn on the cob – You can grill, steam, or microwave the corn; let it cool until it’s not too hot to handle, and then cut the kernels off the cob. Corn adds more texture and natural sweetness to this salad.
  • Peaches – For the best flavor, use local peaches at their peak of ripeness. If you can’t find great peaches, you can substitute with other seasonal fruit, such as cherries (remove the stems and pits), plums, nectarines, etc.
  • Cherry tomatoes – Or you can use grape tomatoes, or whatever tomatoes are sweet, juicy, and perfectly ripe.
  • Scallion – This adds a subtle onion flavor. You can substitute with chives if you like.
  • Crumbled blue cheese – Or you can use goat cheese or any type of shredded or crumbled cheese that you fancy.

Instructions

This salad is extremely easy to make:

  1. Whisk together all ingredients for the syrup in a medium bowl.
  2. For the salad, divide the spring mix between 4 bowls or plates. Top with all remaining salad ingredients. 
  3. Drizzle the syrup on top of the salads and serve immediately. 

Tips

  • If you’re pressed for time, you can buy balsamic glaze instead of making this syrup. Or just go with a good balsamic vinaigrette.
  • You don’t have to grill chicken to make this salad! You can use just about any leftover chicken you have on hand, or pick up a rotisserie chicken.
  • The point of this salad is to use fresh, local summertime produce, so use what you like and/or what’s available in your area.

Special Diet Friendly

As written, this salad is naturally gluten free and paleo.

If you wan to reduce the carbs, you can use keto honey in the balsamic syrup. Also, replace the corn with a summer vegetable that’s lower in carbs, such as green beans. Lastly, double the amount of leafy greens and cut the amount of peaches and tomatoes in half so you still have their sweet juicy flavor, but with half of the carbs.

top view of grilled chicken salad bowl with blue cheese and balsamic

Simple Grilled Chicken Salad Recipe FAQs

Why is My Chicken Salad Bland?

Friends, if you’re making a grilled chicken salad for weight loss, it’s most likely a bit bland. But the good news is that you can still have a healthy grilled chicken salad that’s absolutely delicious.

This recipe is packed with a variety of textures and flavors, as well as nutrient-rich ingredients. It’s anything but boring!

What Type of Salad Dressing Can I Use?

You aren’t limited to balsamic syrup or glaze here! There are a ton of different salad dressings that pair well with this; here are a few ideas:

How Can I Meal Prep This Salad?

This salad is perfect for meal prep! I like to prepare the components separately and then assemble them right before eating.

Here’s how to meal prep grilled chicken salad:

  • Store the balsamic syrup in a covered glass jar in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
  • Grill the chicken, let it cool, slice it across the grain, and store it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.
  • Wash and spin dry the salad greens. Store them in a glass container (or gallon-sized zip-top plastic bag) with an ever-so-slightly damp paper towel on top (don’t seal the container or the bag).
  • Cook the corn on the cob any way you like. Let it cool, then cut the kernels off the cob and store the corn in an airtight container in the fridge.
  • Wash, pat dry, and thinly slice the scallion. Put it in an airtight container in the fridge.
  • Wash the peaches and cherry tomatoes. If possible, wait until right before serving to cut them, otherwise chop them and store them in their own containers.

Here are a few convenient meal prep containers:

More Chicken Salad Recipes to Make

close up of simple grilled chicken salad recipe with blue cheese and corn

Let’s Connect

an edible mosaic submark initials

Did you make this recipe? Please rate it and leave a comment below. You can also tag @anediblemosaic on social media.

To stay up-to-date, follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter!

Simple Grilled Chicken Salad Recipe with Balsamic Syrup

Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Yields: 4 servings
This simple grilled chicken salad recipe with balsamic syrup is easy to put together and full of summer flavors!

Email This Recipe

Get this recipe link emailed straight to your inbox!

Please enable JavaScript in your browser to complete this form.

Ingredients
 

Honey Balsamic Syrup:

Salad:

  • 8 cups spring mix
  • 1 pound grilled chicken breast sliced cross-wise
  • 2 ears corn on the cob grilled or steamed, and corn cut off the cob
  • 2 peaches pitted, halved, and sliced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes halved (or grape tomatoes
  • 3 scallions green and white parts, thinly sliced
  • 4 ounces crumbled blue cheese or goat cheese or any type of shredded or crumbled cheese you like

Instructions
 

  • Whisk together all ingredients for the syrup in a medium bowl.
  • For the salad, divide the spring mix between 4 bowls or plates. Top with all remaining salad ingredients.
  • Drizzle the syrup on top of the salads and serve immediately.

Notes

  • Balsamic Syrup: If you’re pressed for time, you can buy balsamic glaze instead of making this syrup. Or just go with a good balsamic vinaigrette.
  • Chicken: You don’t have to grill chicken to make this salad! You can use just about any leftover chicken you have on hand, or pick up a rotisserie chicken.
  • Customize It: The point of this salad is to use fresh, local summertime produce, so use what you like and/or what’s available in your area.

Nutrition

Calories: 499kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 45g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 0.003g | Cholesterol: 118mg | Sodium: 601mg | Potassium: 837mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 1750IU | Vitamin C: 35mg | Calcium: 196mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutritional information is automatically calculated and should be used as an approximate.

Course: Main Course, Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Grilled Chicken Salad with Balsamic Glaze, Healthy Grilled Chicken Salad, Simple Grilled Chicken Salad, Simple Grilled Chicken Salad Recipe

Share it with me on Instagram and leave a comment to let me know your thoughts!

simple grilled chicken salad recipe pin
Faith, author of An Edible Mosaic.
About Faith

I’m the writer, recipe developer, photographer, and food stylist behind this blog. I love finding the human connection through something we all do every day: eat! Food is a common ground that we can all relate to, and our tables tell a story. It’s my goal to inspire you to get in the kitchen, try something new, and find a favorite you didn’t know you had.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating




10 Comments

  1. This salad sounds absolutely wonderful. I’m saving it for when we’re at the beach next summer – when we can get good peaches. I need recipes that are easy to prepare, and this one fits the bill.

  2. Dragged in by wild animals…..yup that’s me! I have zero grilling experience! My first tie working the grill was this past June and it was a miracle anything was edible! The salad doe. I kinda want to live in it.

  3. Had to laugh at the chicken looking like it had been dragged in by wild animals comment…I’m pretty sure that is the exact reason why I never have the.boy make anything for the blog! His idea of blog-pretty is not the same as mine…

    Love this salad! We have been doing a lot of salads for dinner and I am definitely going to have to adapt some of these flavors. That balsamic honey syrup, for instance. Swoon.

  4. This salad looks amazing! It reminds me of one I had when we visited the Clinton Presidential Library. I have to make this recipe!!

  5. These pictures look so beautiful. Your recipes are so well done. I think the blue cheese good. I wonder how it will taste with Gorgonzola cheese.

  6. A fresh, tasty and wonderful summer salad!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

Similar Posts