This mandarin chicken salad is super flavorful as the chicken is marinated in a lemon vinaigrette. Spinach, avocados and mandarin slices complete the salad.

The other night I made a simple lemon vinaigrette for another salad. But oops, I accidentally made too much and had heaps left over. So I decided to use that vinaigrette as a marinade for some chicken breasts. Then I threw those chicken breast on the barbie!

Who knew the lemony-garlic flavor of the vinaigrette would be so scrumptious on the chicken? I sure didn’t, but I loved it! And it paired perfectly with the other ingredients I had on hand to make this mandarin chicken salad.

Needless to say, I’m definitely going to make that vinaigrette/chicken marinade again. Sometimes an oops in one area ends up being a gem in another.
Ooh, that sounds like a good life lesson.
Salads and life lessons….a perfect pair.

  • 2 chicken breasts, boneless and skinless
  • 5 cups spinach
  • 4 mandarins, peeled and separated
  • 1 avocado, ripe and diced
  • Lemon Vinaigrette:
  • 1 recipe lemon vinaigrette

  1. Mix the vinaigrette ingredients together and pour 3/4 of it into a container, along with the chicken to marinate. Ideally, you should marinate the chicken overnight but a few hours is fine as well.
  2. Heat a barbecue or grill pan to medium hot. Cook the chicken for 5-7 minutes on each side, then remove and set aside.
  3. Separate the spinach between two plates. Top with the mandarin slices and avocado.
  4. Slice the chicken and place one breast on top of each salad.
  5. Drizzle the remainder of the vinaigrette over the salads.

PREP TIME: 10 mins           COOK TIME: 15 mins       MARINATING TIME: 2 hrs
TOTAL TIME: 25 mins