Spinach Salad with Pistachio Chicken


This is a tasty dinner salad, topped with tender slices of pistachio encrusted chicken. To save time, buy pistachios with the shells already removed. If you don't care for spinach, you can substitute field greens. Serve with crusty French bread.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
4 servings


  • 1 cup shelled pistachio nuts

  • 4 tablespoons olive oil

  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves

  • garlic powder to taste

  • black pepper to taste

  • 1 (10 ounce) package baby spinach leaves, rinsed and drained

  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes

  • 1 avocado - peeled, pitted and sliced

  • 1 yellow bell pepper, julienned

  • 2 green onions, sliced

  • grated Parmesan cheese for topping

  • bottled balsamic salad dressing, to taste


  1. Place pistachio in a food processor or blender, and pulse until finely diced. Sprinkle half of diced pistachios onto a large plate.

  2. Warm oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Press chicken breast halves into the pistachio pieces, adding more diced nuts to the plate as needed. Sprinkle chicken breasts with garlic powder and black pepper. Place in the skillet, and cook until golden brown. Reduce heat to medium low, and cook for about 3 to 5 minutes on each side, until the chicken is no longer pink inside. Remove chicken to a cutting board, and slice into thin slices.

  3. Into four bowls, place equal amounts of spinach leaves, tomatoes, avocado, bell pepper, and green onions. Place chicken slices on top. Sprinkle with Parmesan, pour on Balsamic vinegar, and season with black pepper.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

616 Calories
39g Fat
31g Carbs
41g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 616
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 39g 50%
Saturated Fat 6g 31%
Cholesterol 74mg 25%
Sodium 860mg 37%
Total Carbohydrate 31g 11%
Dietary Fiber 10g 34%
Total Sugars 13g
Protein 41g
Vitamin C 128mg 640%
Calcium 207mg 16%
Iron 5mg 29%
Potassium 1567mg 33%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.