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chicken field salad {trader joe’s inspired}

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I’m pretty sure I’ve tried 98% of the items at Trader Joe’s. I mean, it is just too convenient. It is across from the yoga/spinning studio that I belong to. There are three of them within walking distance of our apartment. And they are absolutely everywhere here in Los Angeles.

So I’ve been doing most of my shopping there and trying everything along the way. I’m working on a Best Of Trader Joe’s post, but I’m struggling with how to organize it – there are so many great things! Anyway, one of our favorite salads is the Chopped Field Salad with Chicken – it has flavorful currants, chewy couscous and the sweet basil dressing – oh, that dressing! I set out to recreate the favorite and while I made a few changes, the flavors are very similar. This chicken field salad has all of the “requirements” for an entree salad, so it’s the perfect salad for lunch or dinner –  full of protein, fiber and flavor!


Chopped Field Salad

by Emily Dingmann

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes


Ingredients (2 large entree salads)

For the Salad

  • 1 cup cooked israeli couscous
  • 1 red or yellow pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup corn, toasted in hot pan
  • 8 oz cooked chicken, chopped
  • 1/4 cup dried currants
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 2 Tbsp pecans
  • 2 oz cheese (I used feta but parmesan is used in the TJ version)
  • 8 cups mixed greens

For the Dressing

  • 1/2 cup basil
  • 1 Tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1/2 small shallot
  • 1 Tbsp honey or agave
  • 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • salt & pepper


For the Salad

Toss together couscous, pepper, corn, chicken, cheese, currants, green onions and pecans.

Top greens with couscous mixture.

Drizzle with sweet basil dressing.

For the Dressing

Combine all ingredients in blender or small food processor.

Blend until smooth.

Taste and adjust flavors if desired.

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  1. Janetha

    I looove this salad from Trader Joe’s and get it whenever I am in California. Looks like I will be re-creating it now, thanks to you!

  2. She Rocks Fitness

    Trader Joe’s are so much better on the west coast! When I lived in San Diego, they were awesome! Love the ingredients in this salad. Corn is always a favorite to add in…Great summer salad idea! 🙂

    • Emily

      I agree! I don’t love their fresh produce, but it does seem to be a little fresher/not spoil as quickly on the west coast.

  3. Linnea

    I had this salad today. OMG!!!!! It was so tasty. I was looking for a possible recipe for the creamy basil dressing and came upon your website. Thank you. Fortunately, I have TJ within 2 miles. Lucky me!!!! Love it!!!!

  4. suzie

    Hi! I just made this dressing last night, but also saved a little from my real TJ salad from lunch to do a compare taste test. Mine does not taste anything like the one from TJs! First off- it’s bright green. It’s still good, but not as tangy and sweet as the TJ one. Any suggestions?

    • Emily

      I would try playing with the honey and apple cider vinegar amounts, if you add more of those, it should be sweeter and tangier!