Spinach Salad with Mushrooms, Mozzarella and Sautéed Chicken

I love this time of year not only for the warm weather but for the variety of salads we enjoy, with this being one of our favorites.  It is perfect for a summertime supper!

What sets this spinach salad apart from the others is that the chicken and mushrooms are placed in separate plastic bags to marinate with the salad dressing before sautéing.  Added to the salad’s flavors is mozzarella cheese, a chopped apple, dried cherries and pine nuts.  Dried cranberries or golden raisins could replace the dried cherries, if you prefer.

Then I topped it with the delicious Italian dressing.  The dressing is robust and complements the salad ingredients perfectly.  This is one of the best salads you can imagine and you will be making it many times once you try it!  You will see how very delicious it is and all that spinach has to make it healthy also!

Here’s the recipe:

Italian salad dressing:


¾ cup salad oil
¼ cup wine vinegar
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
½ teaspoon sugar
¼ teaspoon onion powder
¼ teaspoon dried oregano leaves
¼ teaspoon dry mustard
¼ teaspoon paprika
3 garlic cloves, minced
¼ cup Parmesan cheese, optional


In a blender or food processor, blend all ingredients, except cheese.
Process until well blended.
Add Parmesan cheese, stir in.
Cover and refrigerate for 3 or more hours before using.

Spinach Salad with Mushrooms, Mozzarella and Sautéed Chicken


1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
Italian salad dressing
2 packages (10 oz. each) white mushrooms, sliced
8 cups baby spinach leaves
1 medium apple, chopped
½ cup dried cherries
2 tablespoons pine nuts
5 ounces mozzarella cheese, cubed


Pour ¼ cup Italian dressing over chicken in large re-sealable plastic bag, turn to coat. 
Close bag and marinate in refrigerator up to 2 hours.
Repeat with mushrooms in additional ¼ cup dressing in separate re-sealable bag and refrigerate for up to 2 hours.

Remove chicken from plastic bag and sauté in a skillet until it is cooked thoroughly.  Set aside.
Remove mushrooms from plastic bag and sauté in skillet until tender and golden.
Thinly slice chicken into strips.

Arrange spinach on serving platter.
Top with apple, cherries and cheese, then mushrooms and chicken.
Just before serving, drizzle with remaining dressing or however much you desire.
4 servings

This is one tasty summertime salad that’s great for lunch or supper!

Give it a try!


  1. What a beautiful spin on a spinach salad. Love the addition of the cherries. I will have to try this one, as I prefer a good spinach salad ove all other types.

  2. The ingredients are delicious so, the salad must be outstanding!

  3. This is a really yummy salad. The additions of fruit, nuts and cheese sound heavenly.

  4. Wonderfull you salad Pam!
    I love too this period of the year, less bake more salads!!

  5. Carla and Michael, thanks! I use dried cherries every chance I get. Spinach salads are the best!

    Lia, thank you! It's a great thing when it's a warm day!

    Angie's Recipes, thanks! The mozzarella is so good in this. Thanks for the visit!

    Zia Elle, you said it all! Less baking in the summertime. Have a good day!

  6. I love this salad, sounds so healthy and delicious!

  7. The very best of both worlds - healthy and tasty!!

    I love spinich in salads - so much nicer raw than cooked.

  8. This recipe looks so good. I love fruit in my salads!

  9. Hi Pam,
    I just had to print out his recipe! Spinach salad is my all time favourite and this one is a wonderful summer meal that I will made often. Thank you.

  10. This salad looks lovely. So colorful.

  11. All my favourites, spinach, mushrooms and mozzarella....... Have a good day. Diane

  12. I've been loving some tasty salads as well! This one looks like it's chock full of good ingredients!

  13. This is a gorgeous salad! I love salads like this that are full of different textures and flavors!

  14. I love salads like this! It has so many great flavors and textures. Totally delicious!

  15. I like the combination of chicken, dried fruit and nuts in this salad.

  16. Anncoo, thanks! It's really good!

    Brownieville Girl, you're right! Raw spinach is great in a salad.

    Linda, thank you! The cherries definitely work in this one!

    Sage, that's wonderful! Hope you like it!

    Bonnie, thanks and have a good day!

    Food, Fun and Life in the Charente, thanks! The mozzarella is so delicious in the salad and really adds to it.

    Joanne, salads are so good and I especially like them this time of year.

    Faith, me too! There's nothing boring about this one.

    Cinnamon-Girl, yes! I agree all the way. Thanks for the visit!

    Fresh Local and Best, thanks! It's a combo that works well and tastes delicious.

  17. Love fruit and nuts in salad! Full of flavor and it looks so good!

  18. Dishesdone, so do I! Have a great day!

  19. Great salad..... I love the dressing. Unfortunately, my spinach bolted (seems like overnight) and I pulled it all today.... So sad....
    But I have lots of romaine!

  20. katiez, thanks! Sorry to hear about spinach. Good that you have the romaine though!

  21. Your salad looks absolutely delightful. I love this! Did you use the red wine vinegar or white wine vinegar, or either one will do? I only have the red one and would love to try this. Thanks for dropping by my blog. And thank you for being a follower! You have a wonderful blog too. I like your apple tart! Have a nice day.


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