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Grilled Chicken Salad with Mango Dressing

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Fresh ingredients like mango, garden veggies, chicken and an exceptional homemade dressing, make this a salad you and your crew will adore.

  Healthy, easy and perfect for a summertime supper, this Grilled Chicken Salad with Mango Dressing is so flavorful and pretty to look at, it’s destined to be repeated often.

Summer is the season for fresh-from-the-garden vegetables. It’s also the season when no one wants to heat up their late afternoon kitchen by turning on the stove. 

When the sun is busy scorching things, everyone looks for ways to keep life cool and simple. There’s no better time to enjoy some vibrant, crunchy veggies and protein-rich, grilled chicken drizzled with a spectacular mango dressing. 

You can put this Mango Chicken Salad with Mango Dressing together quickly. It may look and taste fancy, but it’s an easy, healthy meal for any day of the week. You’ll also find it ideal for bringing to social events.

Craving more delicious Summer salads? You may enjoy this Chopped Chicken Salad with Fresh Peaches or my super easy and popular Catalina Salad made with Fritos!

a large salad bowl with salad greens, chopped mango, cucumber, red bell pepper, red onions, and almonds with a sliced grilled chicken breast laying on top.

Why you’re going to love it!

  • Easy to shop for
  • Fresh, real food ingredients
  • Bursting with flavor and quick to prepare

Grilled Chicken Salad with Mango Dressing: behind the recipe

Like a lot of people, I’m trying to focus on adding more fresh, health- building vegetables to my life. Gone are the days of pale, over-cooked corn, peas or green beans. 

I want garden fresh food and I’m sure you do too.  Mango chicken salad is a dish you can feel good about serving and eating. It makes a great entree and is also excellent alongside other healthy food options.

Key ingredients and substitutions

ingredients for grilled chicken salad on a counter: salad greens, sliced almonds, chopped onion, mango, red bell pepper, and cucumbers.
  •  Grilled Chicken Breasts — For best flavor, buy fresh, boneless, skinless chicken breasts. You can grill them the day you plan to serve or grill a day ahead and refrigerate your cooked chicken to make things faster. You could even sub in a plant-based grilled chicken alternative.
  • Fresh Greens — This will be the base for your amazing salad. Choose a very fresh blend that includes baby lettuce, with spinach and arugula. If you want, add a little romaine for additional variety. 
  • English Cucumber — Because English Cucumber is so delicious, it’s suggested here. If your garden is producing loads of regular cucumbers, by all means, go ahead and use them. Those cute little cocktail cucumbers would be perfect too.
  • Mango — Fresh, ripe mango is the ingredient that really makes this dish special. For all of that juicy sweetness to be present, your mango must be completely ripe. You can save lots of prep time if you buy mango that some awesome soul has already peeled, seeded and cut up for you.

How do I make it?

grilled chicken breast on a white plate with lime wedges and a fork.

STEP 1 | Grill the chicken

Brush each side of chicken breasts with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill chicken over medium high heat until done and juices run clear. Allow to rest for 5-10 minutes, then cut into bite size pieces.

STEP 2 | Cut the veggies

Slice the cucumber and red onion, and dice the red bell pepper.

STEP 3 | Dice the mango

Whether you are starting with a whole mango or pre prepped pieces, you’ll want to dice it into smallish bite-sized cubes.

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STEP 4 | Bring it all together

In a large salad bowl toss salad greens with English cucumber, red bell pepper, red onion slices, and diced mango. Add chicken and toss again. Serve with Mango Dressing.

grilled chicken salad in a bowl on a table with a bottle of mango dressing.

Serving suggestions

This entree salad pairs well with sides like corn on the cob, cilantro rice, black beans, whole grain rolls or sliced tomatoes.

close up image of a chopped salad with slices of grilled chicken dressed with mango dressing.

Frequently asked questions

How can I be certain my chicken is done all the way through?

The best and safest way to judge doneness is by inserting a meat thermometer. Chicken needs to reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees in order to be considered safe.

Can I use frozen mango instead of fresh?

Yes. Frozen mango is pretty great. If you let it partially thaw before cutting it up, you’ll get a nice result. The texture may be a little softer than fresh mango, but it will do nicely.

Can I store the leftovers from this Grilled chicken Salad?

If you don’t pour dressing over the entire salad you can save it in an airtight container in the fridge for about 3 days. If you suspect you might end up with leftover salad, then dress only what you’re sure will be eaten right away, otherwise you’ll have a lot of unappetizing, wilted greens.

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Yield: 4 servings

Grilled Chicken Salad with Mango Dressing

a large salad bowl with salad greens, chopped mango, cucumber, red bell pepper, red onions, and almonds with a sliced grilled chicken breast laying on top.

Mango Chicken Chopped Salad with a homemade Mango Vinaigrette is almost too pretty to eat and special enough for any Summer dinner party!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 cups fresh greens (or 5 oz. pkg. baby lettuce blend with spinach & arugula)
  • 1/2 English cucumber, seeded and sliced
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/4 medium red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup mango, diced and puréed
  • Mango Dressing

Instructions

  1. Heat a gas grill to high heat, approximately 450 degrees.
  2. Remove the chicken from the packaging and pat dry with paper towels. Place the chicken between 2 pieces of plastic wrap and use a meat mallet to gently pound the chicken to an even 1/2-inch thickness.
  3. Brush the breasts on both sides with the olive oil and season with the salt and black pepper.
  4. Cook the chicken on grill for 4 to 5 minutes on the first side, until golden brown and slightly charred. Flip and continue grilling until just cooked through, 3 to 4 more minutes, or until an instant read thermometer inserted in the center reads 155 degrees.
  5. Transfer the chicken to a cutting board and tent with aluminum foil for 5-10 minutes, then cut into bite size pieces.
  6. Meanwhile, in a large salad bowl gently toss the salad greens with English cucumber, red bell pepper, red onion slices, and diced mango.
  7. Add the chopped chicken and toss again. Serve drizzled with mango dressing.

Notes

I first shared this recipe as a contributor at The Weary Chef.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 517Total Fat: 31gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 24gCholesterol: 51mgSodium: 341mgCarbohydrates: 41gFiber: 10gSugar: 27gProtein: 25g

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Sheila @ Life, Love & Good Food

Recipe Developer, Food Photographer, Home Cook, Wife, Mom, Nana

Sheila Thigpen is the publisher of Life, Love, and Good Food — a Southern food blog — and the author of Easy Chicken Cookbook and The 5-Ingredient Fresh and Easy Cookbook. After 20+ years in the publishing industry, she retired in 2018 to focus on her own creative endeavors full time. She and her husband live near the beautiful Smoky Mountains and have a precious little granddaughter who has stolen their hearts. As an influencer, Sheila has collaborated with brands like Kroger, HERSHEY’S, Hamilton Beach, Garafalo Pasta, OXO, Smithfield, Valley Fig Growers, and more.

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