Smokehouse Almond Chicken and Apple Spinach Salad

Smokehouse Almond Chicken and Apple Spinach Salad

We love main course salads around here. Rumbi’s Mango Chicken Salad as well as the fabulous Kneaders Turkey Cranberry Salad surface on my menu plan pretty regularly. A couple of my kids grumble about eating salad for dinner, but I try to politely remind them that we can’t eat Lasagna with Garlic Cheese Bread every day and that vegetables will make them immensely brilliant. I’m not sure if they believe me, but it has won them over on several occasions, at least.

This Smokehouse Almond Apple and Chicken Spinach Salad is my latest Salad for Dinner creation and features…


…these delightful Smokehouse Almonds. (This is in no way, shape or form a sponsored post. Just sharing a favorite, here) Have you ever tried them? They have such an amazing smokey/salty flavor. It pairs fabulously in this salad with sliced apples, mozzarella cheese, shredded chicken and red onions. I made a few adjustments to my Creamy Poppy Seed Dressing recipe to drizzle over the top of the salad and man, is it good. The combination of salty and sweet is wonderful. My salad loving children gobbled it up. Those who claim that they hate to eat salad deemed it “pretty darn good!”

I’ll take that as a win friends! smokehouse-almond-and-apple-spinach-salad-from-jamie-cooks-it-up

Smokehouse Almond and Apple Spinach Salad

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 7 servings


1 (12 ounce) package spinach
1 1/2 C mozzarella cheese
1 large golden delicious apple, sliced
1 large gala apple, sliced
2 C shredded chicken (I used rotisserie chicken)
1/2 red onion, sliced
3/4 C smokehouse almonds
1/3 C apple cider vinegar
3/4 C sugar
1 tsp salt
6 Tb mayonnaise
1 tsp honey mustard
3 Tb orange juice
1/4 tsp onion powder
6 Tb vegetable or canola oil
1 Tb poppy seeds


1. Layer all salad ingredients in a large serving bowl.
2. To make the dressing, place all ingredients but the oil and poppy seeds in a blender. Blend until smooth. Add the oil, just a little bit at a time until completely incorporated. Add the poppy seeds and stir to combine.
3. Toss the salad and pour the dressing over the top. Toss to combine and serve immediately.

Recipe from Jamie cooks It Up!


Yay! Salad for dinner. 🙂


It’s the right thing to do, friends. Hope you love it!

Looking for more main course salads? Here are a few I love…

thai-chicken-and-quinoa-salad-at-jamie-cooks-it-upTai Chicken and Quino Salad 

Taco Salad (Build Your Own)Taco Salad (Build Your Own) 

Greek Salad with Chopped Chicken from Jamie Cooks It Up!!Greek Salad with Chopped Chicken 

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  1. 1
    February 23, 2018 at 5:44 pm

    Wow, wow, wow!! This salad was sooo good!! You know when an 8 year old keeps shoveling salad in her mouth the recipe is a keeper!

    • 2
      March 2, 2018 at 6:30 am

      So happy to hear it! Thanks for letting me know!

  2. 3
    September 10, 2018 at 4:47 pm

    Did you put any seasoning on the chicken?

    • 4
      September 18, 2018 at 1:24 pm

      Hi Meagan,
      Thanks for your question. If you use rotisserie chicken it should be plenty flavorful with out adding any extra seasonings.
      Best of luck to you!

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