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summer harvest salad with grilled chicken {trader joe’s copycat}

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I don’t buy salads from Trader Joe’s on a regular basis, but every once in a while, when they look particularly good and fresh, I’ll grab a few for a convenient lunch.  A few weeks ago I tried one that I loved.

Today I’m here to recreate the Harvest Salad with Grilled Chicken. This is a perfect salad for summer, as it takes advantage of summer produce and is nice and light- perfect for summer lunches or dinners. Salad greens are topped with green beans, corn, hard boiled egg, white cheddar cheese and some freshly grilled chicken, all dressed with a creamy dijon dressing. YUM!

Now if you’re anything like me, you’ll raise your eyebrow at the white cheddar cheese. On a salad?! I’ll take my cheddar with summer sausage and crackers please…but on this salad, it totally works so don’t be too nervous.

And now I’m obsessed with corn…



Summer Harvest Salad with Grilled Chicken

by Emily Dingmann

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Keywords: grill entree salad gluten-free high protein chicken summer


Ingredients (4 servings)

For the Salad

  • 1 lb chicken breast or thighs
  • 3 heads romaine lettuce, torn into small pieces
  • 12 oz hericots verts, lightly steamed
  • 1 1/2 cups roasted corn
  • 2 oz white cheddar cheese
  • 4 hard boiled eggs, sliced
  • 4 green onions, thinly sliced

For the Dressing

  • 3 Tbsp grainy dijon mustard
  • 2 Tbsp light mayonnaise
  • 3 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • salt, pepper


For the Salad

Grill chicken until cooked and roughly chop.

Start building salads by topping romaine with green beans, corn, chicken, hard boiled eggs, cheddar and green onions.

Drizzle with dressing.

For the Dressing

Blend together all ingredients until smooth.

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  1. Karla @ Foodologie

    I’ll pretty much take white cheddar anywhere and any which way. I don’t really buy TJ’s salads either. While they’re tasty, they get pricey! I am a big fan of their lentil wrap though. Have you tried it?

  2. Lori

    I’m really in the mood for a good salad. This looks delicious! And I’m obsessed with corn too. 3 ears in my kitchen as we speak. 🙂

  3. Megan (Braise The Roof)

    Well, you know you had me at Trader Joe’s. 🙂 I actually don’t find the cheddar that surprising – I’ve been known to add it to salads. Maybe that’s a midwestern habit I’ve picked up, maybe that’s just a function of my borderline-unhealthy obsession with cheese. Either way, looks good!

  4. Billy

    That looks really fantastic! Did you grill the corn on the cob while you were doing the chicken? Or do you have a good source for grilled corn? 🙂
    Thanks for the great recipe!

  5. Elle

    I’ve been eating a lot more salads lately now that it’s been so hot out. I think they’re the perfect appetizer for the summer.

    Or in this case, it could even be a main entree with all the chicken in it!

    I’ve been really like avocados lately, so I think I will dice one up and toss it into the salad as well.

    Avocado and corn is one of my favourite combinations.

  6. erin

    Yum! This looks fantastic and perfect for lunch! I really should start shopping at TJ’s more, but thanks to ironman training, I’ve been all about what’s most convenient, the co-op six blocks away!