Chicken Dinner Salad with Smoked Gouda and Grapes

This fruity chicken dinner salad is loaded with flavor thanks to grapes, apples, and smoked gouda. It is all tossed together with a creamy, oil-free dressing for a healthy and delicious meal!

Smoked gouda, savory chicken, and tart grapes make this easy dinner salad irresistible!
Smoked gouda, savory chicken, and tart grapes make this easy dinner salad irresistible!

I seem to have difficulty coming up with new salad recipes. When I start thinking of ingredients, I often end up with something that is pretty darn close to Greek salad. This week I thought of grapes and was sure THAT wouldn’t turn into Greek salad since grapes, olives, and tomatoes just sounds bad. I had to choose another path in my Build My Own Salad Adventure. That path led me to this really tasty salad. The tiny cubes of smoked gouda add a rich creaminess to every bite, but the low-fat dressing takes away any guilt you have about the cheese. This one will definitely be a regular at our house.

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Chicken Dinner Salad with Smoked Gouda and Grapes

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This delicious dinner salad is loaded with chicken, grapes, apple, and smoked gouda.

  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


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  • 1/4 c. reduced fat sour cream or plain yogurt
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • 2 tbsp. white balsamic or white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. poppy seeds (optional, don’t need buy these just for this)


  • 2 chicken breasts about 1 pound total
  • seasoned salt
  • 12 oz. mixed baby greens
  • 4 oz. smoked gouda diced into 1/2″ cubes
  • 2 c. grapes cut lengthwise in half (I used a medley of green, red, and black, but any variety will be fine)
  • 1 large apple diced into bite-sized pieces


  1. Spray a skillet with cooking spray, and heat over medium-high heat. Sprinkle both sides of chicken breasts with seasoned salt, and cook in hot skillet until heated through (12-15 minutes). Allow to cool slightly, then dice into bite-sized pieces.
  2. Meanwhile, add all dressing ingredients to a container with a tight fitting lid. Shake it very, very well, stirring once to evenly distribute the honey. Set aside.
  3. In a large salad bowl, add salad greens, gouda, grapes, apple, and chicken. Pour prepared dressing over the salad, and toss to coat. Dinner is served!


I think alfalfa sprouts would be a great addition to this salad. They were not available at my grocery store, but I will try to add them next time!

  • Author: Andi
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Category: Main

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Andi Gleeson, food blogger

Andi Gleeson

Andi Gleeson is a passionate blogger and mom based in San Francisco who focuses on easy and delicious dinner recipes.


8 years ago

Wow, this salad is great! Really good balance of flavors, and easily customized. I’d never made a dressing without oil before, and I liked it better than any other dressing I’ve made. Thanks for this recipe!

Andi Gleeson
8 years ago

Thank you so much, Stephanie! I’m really happy you liked it!

Betty baker
9 years ago

Like Robin, I think the salad would benefit from some slivered almonds and maybe some
chia seed. It looks wonderful and I will be making this soon. I think my husband will love it.

9 years ago

I hope you like it, Betty! Definitely have fun with it and add whatever else you like. I’ll have to try chia seed in salad next time!

10 years ago

I’m not sure why, but my brain is screaming for Pecans with this recipe. Maybe slivered Almonds? I feel the need for crunchy/nutty.

10 years ago

Adding almonds is a great idea, Robin. That’s the great thing about salad: You can throw in whatever you want! Thanks for your comment :)

10 years ago

Thanks for your recipes. Will try very soon. Wish there were some way to print the pictures, too. It really helps when I’m flipping through recipes to choose one.

10 years ago

Hi, Jean. Thanks so much for your comment! I just made a change so a small picture will print with the recipe. Let me know what you think :)

10 years ago

I love salads and this one looks lovely! The smoked gouda and grapes sound wonderful and I really like the poppy seed dressing combined with everything here too :)

10 years ago

Thank you, Kelly! I need to make salads more often. They are always a good dinner!

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