Easy Summer Salad with Honey Balsamic Dressing

It’s been an almost unbearable heat wave in Eastern Ontario.  From the high heat to the thick humidity I have not wanted to put on my stove. So, tonight I made a favourite dinner of ours – a summer salad.  Super easy, super delicious, super healthy.

easy summer salad

4.6 from 5 reviews
Easy Summer Salad
Recipe type: Salad
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  • rotisserie chicken or left over grilled chicken
  • baby spinach
  • tomatoes
  • carrots
  • snap peas
  • apples
  • hearts of palm
  • sunflower seeds
  • pumpkin seeds
  1. Arrange the spinach on your plate, pull chicken or slice and place on spinach.
  2. Slice tomatoes, carrots, and apples and place on top of chicken.
  3. Drain hearts of palm, slice, arrange on salad.
  4. Sprinkle a handful of sunflower and pumpkin seeds over the top.
  5. * other possible ingredients - blueberries, strawberries, nuts, other sliced veggies, cheese.

4.6 from 5 reviews
Honey Balsamic Dressing
Recipe type: Salad
Prep time: 
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Serves: 4
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 tbsp balsamic vinegar (I used one infused with fig)
  • 2 tbsp grainy dijon mustard
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 2 tbsp liquid honey
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp ground pepper
  1. Mix all ingredients together in a mini food processor until well blended.
  2. Serve immediately or refrigerate up to two days.


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  1. OH HOLY YUMMY is all I can say!
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  2. You can never go wrong with a summer salad! The summer months, I swear my family becomes rabbits with the large quantity of salad we eat. Wish I was a balsamic fan, this just looks delicious!
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  3. Amazing! I love this recipe. Pinning as well so I can make it :)
    I love all the ingredients. Thank you!
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  4. We eat a salad and/or sandwich every.single.day. Sometimes twice in the summer when we have fresh veggies form the garden. I make a variation on your dressing. Instead of honey, I use a ton of crushed garlic. Only rule is that everyone has to eat it. Love the addition of sunflowers/pumpkin seeds. Inexpensive and the kids can eat them as snacks. Thanks for sharing.

    Besos, Sarah
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  5. I couldn’t have given it a better title. This recipe just screams summer.
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  6. What a great looking salad. Love that dressing recipe. Thanks for sharing.
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  7. Oh yum, that looks amazing! I think a salad is now on the lunch menu!
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  8. This looks so yummy! I love salads, especially in the summer. Pinned it!
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  9. Honey balsamic! What a great idea, especially since honey has some many healthy properties!
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  10. I lvoe anything with honey in it. I’ve never thought to try it on salad though!
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  11. This sounds delicious Kerrie! Pinned :)
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  12. Oh hubby would love this. He’s insane for salads and this looks so yummy! Thanks for sharing the printable recipe.
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  13. This looks delicious!! The heat definitely makes me want to only eat things like fruit and vegetables. Anything cold. I love salads with spinach and the dressing sounds great too!
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  14. Holy Moly! This is one beautiful salad!
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  15. This salad sounds perfect to me. I like that there are two kinds of seeds in it.
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  16. I love that this salad both sounds and looks delicious! My family is going to devour it next week when I try it. Thanks for sharing. Oh and thanks for linking up at the Journeys of The Zoo bloglovin’ hop, which is where I found you. :)

  17. We love to serve salads in the summer. Thanks for the great recipe.

  18. Wow, this salad sounds really good, thanks for sharing the recipe. Going to try it this week!

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