Creamy Spinach Salad with Chicken and Baby Tomatoes (Video)
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This creamy spinach salad is a meal in itself. It’s very hearty and filling,… oh and it’s quite tasty too. We think you’ll agree!
We posted this recipe about 3 years ago and took a whopping 2 pictures! We’re hoping to bring this spinach chicken salad back to life through this video. So try it and then report back to review it. Our son ate his spinach thanks to this recipe.
The only way to eat this salad is fresh, so don’t add in the dressing until your ready to serve it. Click here to view the original recipe post (with a better photo of the finished product!).
Watch How To Make Creamy Spinach Salad:
For kicks and giggles, here is the original photo that we posted for this spinach salad.
It’s, well,… blah, eh, and… meh. It’s no wonder this recipe never really took off.
I’m just glad our “best” photography got better 😉
And of course, here is the printer-friendly recipe.
Creamy Spinach Salad with Chicken & Baby Tomatoes
- 6 strips bacon
- 2 chicken breasts, trimmed of fat
- Salt and pepper
- 10 oz 1 1/2 cups baby tomatoes
- 1 to 1 1/2 cups croutons
- 2 Tbsp green onion/chives
For the Dressing:
- 6 oz bag of fresh spinach
- 1 Tbsp lemon juice
- 3 Tbsp mayo
Preheat your oven to 400˚F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil (a mess-saving measure) and arrange your bacon over the foil. Bake at 400 for 15-20 minutes depending on how crispy you like your bacon. Dry/drain on paper towels . Chop bacon into 1/2" pieces and add them to your salad bowl.
Heat a large skillet over medium/high heat. Swirl in 2 Tbsp oil. Slice chicken in half so it cooks faster. Season chicken with salt and pepper and saute until cooked through. Cool chicken to room temp, then dice into 1/2-inch pieces. Toss the chicken pieces into your salad bowl.
Cut the tomatoes into halves or quarters depending on tomato size.
Finely chop green onion or chives and toss them into your salad bowl and top with the 1 to 1 1/2 cups of croutons.
Place 1/3 to 1/2 of your spinach in a food processor along with 3 Tbsp mayo and 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice. Process until minced, then add the rest of your spinach and process until pureed and smooth.
Just before serving, add your spinach dressing to the salad and toss everything together.
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What a healthy and delicious salad! I will be making it more often now that I found this recipe!! I make something from this site at least once a week, never really noticed this recipe but now that I’ve tried it, its worth a review:) and its so filling I dont even want to eat Dinner!
I’m so happy you liked the salad and other recipes on the blog. Thank you so much for a great review 🙂
this is one of my favorite recipes
It’s one of my favorite as well, its just different from your typical salad :).
Will be making this yummy-ness this week! Do you think if I went ahead and prepped the dressing the night before would be OK?
That should be fine, as long as you mix it on the day of serving the salad.
Love your video recipes!! You’re great and so natural. I hope that you have your own cooking show on foodnetwork. God bless you. All the best
Thank you very much for your sweet comment Inna :).
Made this salad the other day and it was DELISHOUS! My parents and grandma really loved it! Now when my grandma says something is good, it’s definately approved 🙂 Thank you Natasha!!
That’s so sweet 🙂 I’m so happy they all loved it. Thanks for reporting back 🙂
Thanks for this delicious salad,our daughters really like it…
You’re welcome. Isn’t that the best, when the kids enjoy a recipe?! 😉
Awesome video, and super delicious salad Natasha!! Made it couple of days ago and ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!!!
Thank you so much you are so sweet!
love this video! my favorite so far, looks like christmass! ahhahahhaha, u do remind me of giada aswell
Awww Thanks Sveta 🙂
Totally gonna try this!!! Love salads:) Cant you take shortcuts with it though?(the chicken and bacon)
Do you mean if you left out the chicken and bacon?
Hi Natasha, I just made this salad for lunch, for my son and myself. I added avocados and we absolutely loved it!! Feels so good eating healthy!! Thanks so much. : )
Awesome, I’m glad you loved it :).
Hello there. Is there anything you’d recommend to substitute for mayo, in the dressing?
I haven’t experimented any other way but you can try just adding olive or sunflower oil instead. Let me know what you end up doing :).
Thank you for the recipe. I will try to make it soon.
Very good job with videos; they look professional. You remind me of Giada (I just love watching her). I hope to see more in a future.
Thank you for your sweet comment Maya. I have no plans on stopping with the videos :). Keep on checking and subscribe to my YouTube Channel if you haven’t yet.
Natasha you are a pro at making videos, I can totally see you getting job offers to have your own cooking show on TV. How awesome would that be!!
I visit your site every week. I love all your recipes, your pictures & everything about your website is fantastic!! There is one thing though…I wish you could promote more healthier, farmers market, organic ingredients that are affordable (Costco’s organic spinach is super cheap). Since you have so many followers, it would make a difference to fight against Monsanto (chemical & processed foods companies) by not supporting them. Also, making homemade mayo is so easy & healthy(using organic olive oil) with only a couple ingredients-you’ll never go back to store bought.
Thank you for all your hard work, I can’t imagine the time & love you put into this site. It’s truly amazing what you do, even my kids ask me to go to your site for ideas 🙂
P.S. I will post a MUST SEE video on your FB about FDA conspiracy on our food industry.
Valentina, I’m always trying to eat and cook healthier. I’m moving toward healthier products in my recipes and am all-for organic. Thank you for your kind words. I”m glad you enjoy the recipes and videos 🙂
Natasha!!! I looooove your video…. Great job guys!!! Can I add some avocadoes?? 😉 I looooove avocadoes and trying to put them wherever I can lol
I haven’ tried avocados but don’t see why not :). If they are on the soft side, fold them in gently, to avoid mushing them.
Thank you for the recipie?
do you have any recipies with young/red potatoes?
Thank you for all the great recipies I use them alot!
Don’t have a recipe with young red potatoes yet, but it is on the to-do list :).
Beautiful video!! And the salad looks absolutely delicious!!
Thank you Oksana, I had fun making the video :).
What a beautiful boy you have. Thanks for the recipe.
Thank you so much!! 🙂
Thank You for all your Delicious Recipes. I’ve tryed many of your tastey Recipes and have enjoyed them all. I just want to take a little time to thank you for all your time investing into your beautiful work. I seem to be a little busy lately and have not taken the time as I should to try every Recipe but have shared many with my Co-Workers…………..who loves them all. I will look for more to come.
It’s so great to hear from you! I’m so glad you enjoy my recipes and thank you for sharing them with your co-workers! 🙂
Another delicious recipe. Definitely need to try!
I love watching you cooking! You are cute and funny)
And the sound effect makes me feel lile I am right next to you)
super job, you guys!
Thank you so much for the encouragement. You’re so sweet! And videos are fun so I’m hoping to do more and more in the future 🙂
Natasha, I love this dressing idea. Thanks for sharing. And your son is so cute.
Thank you, let me know if you get creative and try it in another recipe :).
I want to try it with fresh veggies, like tomatoes and cucumbers…
Ooh that sounds good! No bacon? 😉
No bacon 🙁 I love bacon but I try to avoid it. Once in a while I do eat bacon