Pistachio Chicken Spinach Salad

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the Pistachio Health Institute.

This is the time of year when everyone is trying to eat healthy and fill their diets with lots of greens and clean eating! I’ll admit, it’s reallllly hard for me. I have such a sweet tooth and being a stay-at-home mom and a working mom, the second nap time hits I jump into work and often don’t take the time to make something healthy for myself for lunch. So I’m trying something new.

My new thing is to make one big salad filled with fresh greens, protein and lots of goodies and keep it in the fridge all week. That way all I have to do is dish some up, pour my dressing on and I can eat while I work. We’ll see how this goes!

This week I made this delicious Pistachio Chicken Spinach Salad with a homemade Honey Balsamic Dressing. 

Pistachio Chicken Spinach Salad with honey balsamic dressing via designdininganddiapers.com

The flavors work really well together. I love the sweetness of the fresh fruit paired with the salty pistachios is a great combo.


Pistachios are such a healthy addition to the salad and also make a great snack. Valerie Waters, a celebrity trainer, suggests that eating an in-shell snack, such as pistachios, provides an important visual cue about the amount consumed and may reduce calorie intake. I know I started to see that pile of shells build up and kept thinking about how many I was about to consume in my salad! (plus my fingers hurt)

Valerie also suggests that we don’t always need a full hour workout (music to my ears), she suggests starting with 30 minutes a day and then gradually increase.  This is what I’m working on. Does 30 minutes of painting a wall count?

It’s so easy to just grab a handful after my lunch and get working around the house! Pistachio Chicken Salad via designdininganddiapers.com

Pistachio Chicken Spinach Salad
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Serves: 2-3
Enjoy this light and fresh Pistachio Chicken Salad mixed with fresh berries and a light honey balsamic dressing.
  • 5 oz fresh spinach
  • 2 cups of shredded rotisserie chicken
  • 2 cups of chopped strawberries
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • ½ cup chopped pistachios
  • Dressing
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. raw honey
  1. Combine spinach leaves and berries in a large bowl.
  2. Using a store bought rotisserie chicken, shred 2 cups and mix into the salad.
  3. Using a food processor, chop the pistachios and add them to the salad.
  4. Mix dressing ingredients together and drizzle over top when ready to eat.

For more info on how to jump start your healthy eating in 2014 check this out:

Pistachios Health Institute

Shine Like The Stars Sweepstakes

To enter, participants must Like the Pistachio Health Institute Facebook page and enter their name, address and contact information here.

3 winners will receive “Shine like the Stars Sweepstakes” prize packs, which include:
(1) Valslides autographed by celebrity fitness trainer, Valerie Waters
(1) Valerie Waters workout DVD
(1) Valerie Waters workout instructions
(1) Pistachio Health tote bag
(1) Pistachio Health nut container
(3) 8 oz. bags of pistachios
(1) $100 VISA Gift Card

Participants may enter once a day for the duration of the Sweepstakes. The Sweepstakes will end at 3:00 p.m. PDT on Friday, February 14, 2014.

How are you getting healthy in 2014?

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the Pistachio Health Institute.

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Taryn is the owner/editor of Design, Dining and Diapers, a lifestyle blog that focuses on DIY home decor, design, seasonal crafts, easy recipes and just being a mom! She is all about making things for less by upcycling thrift store finds and using what’s on hand. Taryn lives in the greater Seattle area with her husband, 3 year old daughter and 1 year old son.

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  1. says

    You are so smart for making up your salad at the beginning of the week! I can spend so much time making them each day and I pretty much always use the same ingredients.

    This salad sounds delicious! We have a link up for Healthy Tips and Tricks and would love for this salad to be included! Please stop by Monday night if it interests you – we’d love your input!


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