Looking for a salad that makes you look forward to it? This copycat ZUpas Strawberry Harvest Chicken Salad is packed full of good-for-you ingredients, a tangy (and easy) strawberry vinaigrette, and lots of chicken!
I’ve discussed my love for a small soup, salad, and sandwich chain based in Utah called Zupas before.
Even though we haven’t lived in Utah for over a year, I have yet to find a similar restaurant that I enjoy as much. As such, I often make copycat versions of my favorite dishes there.
Last time we were in Utah, I had the Strawberry Harvest Chicken Salad, and I LOVED it. So fresh and tasty. The ingredients were simple enough, so I thought I’d try and make it at home.
One of the things I loved most about it was the dressing. When I looked on their website, it was called a strawberry champagne dressing. Well, I don’t drink champagne, but when I looked for similar recipes for champagne dressings, most of them didn’t…so, I figured I could make a similar dressing, sans champagne. It was smooth yet had a vinegar taste to it. I thought I could make a simpler version by combining strawberries and Wish-Bone® Italian dressing.
It was so easy – I just put them in a blender together, and viola – amazing dressing. It was almost good enough to eat by the spoonful (almost being the key word.)
This salad is so fresh and tasty. It’s definitely a salad that can be eaten as a main dish – and that you’ll look forward to eating. It has apples, strawberries, pecans, cranberries, shredded fontina cheese…it just seems like such a fancy salad to me.
I loved the convenience of using Tyson® Grilled and Ready chicken strips. They are pre-cooked and you just need to warm them up. I cooked them in a little olive oil, salt, and pepper, which was super simple. They were so juicy and flavorful, and they were the perfect addition to this tasty salad.
I picked up all these ingredients during a recent trip to Walmart – it was so easy to find all the ingredients I needed. I knew that I wanted to have pecans and cranberries, and I was thrilled when I saw (near the salad toppings) a combo package of candied pecans AND cranberries. It made it so convenient. I love when I can go to the store and easily find all the ingredients I need, and that was certainly the case with this salad.
This is an easy and fast salad to make, but it tastes like a million bucks. I couldn’t believe how well the salad dressing turned out especially – it was the simplest dressing I think I’ve ever made! I
Just grab your ingredients, toss them in a bowl, and you’ll have a tasty, protein-packed salad ready to go in less than 10 minutes!
- 3/4 cup chopped strawberries.
- 1 cup Wish Bone Italian Dressing
- 1/2 bag Tyson grilled and ready chicken strips
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 cups red romaine lettuce
- 2 cups green romaine lettuce
- 8-10 strawberries, sliced
- 2 gala apples, sliced
- 1 cup grated fontina cheese
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- 1/2 cup candied pecans
- Place strawberries and Italian blessing in a blender or food processor.
- Blend until smooth. Refrigerate until ready to use.
- Heat olive oil over medium-high heat.
- Cook chicken strips with salt and pepper until warmed through. Set aside.
- Wash and tear lettuce. Place in bowl.
- Toss all ingredients (except dressing) together in large bowl.
- Add dressing immediately before serving.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 545Total Fat: 35gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 24gCholesterol: 39mgSodium: 1083mgCarbohydrates: 49gFiber: 6gSugar: 38gProtein: 12g
Katie is a Colorado-native, BYU graduated, and most importantly, wife to one and mother to three beautiful boys. She is passionate about sharing her experiences with others – especially about pregnancy, breastfeeding, cooking, and crafts. She is currently training to be a Certified Lactation Educator. She loves spending time with her family and helping others find joy in family life.