Pineapple Chicken Salad with Balsamic Vinaigretti

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Balsamic vinegar adds vibrant flavor to this salad without a hint of fat or sodium. With its intense and complex flavor, this vinaigrette is a perfect complement to the chicken, pineapple and spinach salad.

Serves 8


    1. 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, each about 5 ounces
    2. 1 tablespoon olive oil
    3. 1 can (8 ounces) unsweetened pineapple chunks, drained except for 2 tablespoons juice
    4. 2 cups broccoli florets
    5. 4 cups fresh baby spinach leaves
    6. 1/2 cup thinly sliced red onions

For the vinaigrette

  1. 1/4 cup olive oil
  2. 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  3. 2 teaspoons sugar
  4. 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon


Cut each chicken breast into cubes. In a large, nonstick frying pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the chicken and cook until golden brown, about 10 minutes.

In a large serving bowl, combine the cooked chicken, pineapple chunks, broccoli, spinach and onions.

To make the dressing, whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, reserved pineapple juice, sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Pour over the salad. Toss gently to coat evenly. Serve immediately.

Nutritional analysis per serving

  • Total carbohydrate 8 g
  • Dietary fiber 2 g
  • Sodium 75 mg
  • Saturated fat 1 g
  • Total fat 9 g
  • Cholesterol 41 mg
  • Protein 17 g
  • Monounsaturated fat 6 g
  • Calories 181

By Mayo Clinic Staff