Chicken Spinach Salad with Avocado, Pomegranate, and Pecans

Chicken Spinach Salad

I’m back to craving salads. I’ve gone a little overboard with the pumpkin, parsnips, soups, and roasted veggies recently. I was so excited to indulge in all the fall flavors, but my body is telling me balance is key. Of course, all of those things are healthy. But I do believe getting a balance of raw and cooked vegetables is optimal for health, and most of my meals have been hot lately!

This Chicken and Spinach Salad with Avocado, Pomegranate and Pecans is the perfect fresh salad that still incorporates some of fall’s goodies.

Italian Chicken

Is it strange that I look forward to holidays like Halloween, when I have no kids, and not much of a plan to celebrate it? I don’t even live in America, but I still like to make something American and BBQ inspired for holidays like Memorial and Labor Days. And while my days of dressing up are most likely over, and there hasn’t been a single trick or treater visiting my condo in Kuala Lumpur over the past 4 years, I am still anticipating Friday. It’s still a special day.

And since I don’t have kids to do celebratory things with, to spoil with special meals and treats and make traditions with, I spoil my very-grown-up boyfriend. I posted last spring ideas for a grown up Easter Basket and a recipe for the chocolate bunny I’ve made him the past few years. And I do something similar for his Christmas sock, and this year, for his Halloween bucket, too. The pumpkin bucket I bought for him is actually a small one. I am planning on filling it with Sriracha Sesame Cashews, and making him a carrot cake (hey, it’s orange! Surely it can be a Halloween treat), since it’s really the only treat he ever wants me to make, and I never do, in the name of creating new recipes.

He laughs at these efforts, but I know secretly, he’s just as happy as a kid to wake up and find these gifts waiting for him.


The chicken I have been using for this salad is my favorite fast way to cook chicken. Olive oil, s & p, and a ton of italian seasoning, so that it almost forms a crust. So flavorful, and it can be added to a variety of salads or cut up for sandwiches.

For a tip on expertly removing the pomegranate arils from the pith, check out my recipe for Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pomegranate and Pecans.

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Chicken Spinach Salad with Avocado, Pomegranate, and Pecans
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A flavorful, fresh salad, with a light and simple dressing of olive oil and lemon juice. Substitute a favorite dressing if preferred. The recipe is for 1, but I make enough chicken for several, and then it's an easy lunch to put together for the next few days.
Serves: 1
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 chicken breast
  • sea salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 1½ teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • ½ teaspoon olive oil
  • 1-2 teaspoons lemon juice, to taste
  • sea salt and black pepper, to taste
  • ¼ cup pomegranate arils
  • ½ avocado
  • 6-7 pecan halves
  1. In a frying pan, add olive oil, and chicken breast. Cook over medium high heat. Season both sides with sea salt, black pepper, and a hefty amount of italian seasoning.
  2. Season spinach with olive oil, lemon juice, and sea salt and pepper. Put on a plate, and top with pomegranate arils, diced avocado, and pecans.
  3. When the chicken is cooked through, slice, and add to the salad.

Pomegranate Chicken Salad



  1. says

    I love every single ingredient in this salad, it’s just spot on! Pomegranite arils are just my favorite salad add-on. But you might want to rename it a fertility salad or “man salad” because anyone struggling with any type of those types of those issues will greatly benefit from all the nutrients loaded in this salad. You just listed in this salad only, the top five foods a women (and any guy actually) needs to be pounding for healthy reproductive health! Love the gorgeous photo’s.
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    • says

      I wasn’t aware of that Laura! Maybe I will have to make another one and call it that :) It was a perfectly melding of ingredients- the first time I made it, it wasn’t a plan. It was leftovers from other ingredients thrown on a plate when I had forgotten to make dinner, and it just worked out to be such a perfect combination.

  2. says

    No, it’s not strange that you look forward to holidays like Halloween. I love Halloween, all the holidays really, and I don’t have kids. And my neighbors & co-workers do benefit from all of my holiday cooking. I love this salad, I’m on the hunt for recipes that use pomegranate. I’ll definitely try this one. Visiting from SITS Sharefest. Have a great Sunday!
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    • says

      Thank you Joan! It’s a wonderful salad. I’ve been keeping pom arils in the fridge every week so I can make this salad with any left of chicken for lunches.


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