Goddess Salad with Chicken and Goat Cheese

When I was a single mom, I practically lived on this fresh salad with chicken and goat cheese.  This is a great use for left over rotisserie chicken, baked chicken, or “Hey, look! I found a can of chicken in the back of the pantry and it’s not expired!  Cool!”   The salad is tossed with fresh crunchy romaine lettuce, spiked with creamy goat cheese, toasted pine nuts, sweet cranberries, and hearty pesto chicken breast.  Super easy… super tasty!

Green Goddess Salad with Pesto Chicken and Goat Cheese Recipe

It hits all the right spots.  If you want to make it completely ketogenic (high fat/low carb), omit the cranberries and use chicken thighs.

Look for Annie’s Organic Goddess dressing and use that (and no, I’m not getting paid for promoting it.)  If you can’t find it, here’s a tasty ranch dressing from the Firefly Grill in Effingham, IL.  Annie’s has more of an Asian flare with a hint of tahini and toasted sesame, where the Firefly’s ranch is fresh and herb-a-vicious.  But Annie’s is such a home run with this combo though, use it if you can.  It makes a huge difference.

Green Goddess Salad with Pesto Chicken and Goat Cheese Recipe
This dressing is not certified organic or gluten free. I’ve posted a picture and link to Annie’s NEW gluten free organic Goddess dressing below. Scroll down to check it out.

Both dressings are bold and zippy enough to give a good balance to the tart goat cheese while rounding out the sweetness of the cranberries.  This is a wonderful salad for any time of year, but if especially now at the end of summer if you want to keep your cool and don’t want to fire up the kitchen on some of these hot muggy days.  I hope you like it!

Green Goddess Salad with Pesto Chicken and Goat Cheese Recipe

Annie’s Gluten Free Lite Goddess Dressing Lite 8 fl oz Bottle


Goddess Salad Recipe

Goddess Salad with Pesto Chicken and Goat Cheese Recipe- Bright, fresh, tangy, sweet & savory.  Super Yum! | www.lakesidetable.com

Course Salad
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Servings 2 people
Calories 328 kcal


  • 2 rotisserie chicken
  • 4 cups romaine lettuce
  • 1/3 cup toasted pine nuts
  • 1/3 cup cranberries
  • 6 ounces plain or herb goat cheese
  • 3 tablespoons Goddess dressing


  1. Chop. Toss. Dress. Eat.
  2. It’s that simple. Really. But if you want me to break it down, here you go.
  3. Wash your lettuce. Put it in a bowl. Toss the lettuce with the dressing. If you are feeling adventuresome, use your hands and gently rub the dressing over each piece of the the lettuce.
  4. Next, chop up your left over rotisserie chicken and mix it with 3 tablespoons (or enough to lightly coat the chicken) of pesto. Put that on the lettuce. Add the cranberries, & goat cheese.
  5. Toast pine nuts in a dry pan over medium heat.  2-4 minutes.  Watch carefully.  They go from brown to burnt in a nano second!  
  6. Top salad with toasted pine nuts and enjoy.

Recipe Notes

An alternative to making a salad is to make a lettuce wrap by taking a large broad leaf of romain and spread it out. Mix the pesto chicken, cranberries, pine nuts, and goat cheese with the salad dressing. Spoon this mixture over the romain. Roll it up, wrap it up in a paper towel, and eat it on the go. Super fast, super yummy!

Goddess Salad with Chicken pesto and goat cheese recipe

Nutrition Facts
Goddess Salad Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 328
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



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2 thoughts on “Goddess Salad with Chicken and Goat Cheese”

    • Yes! Thank you, Dottie! I forgot to put the link to the recipe. I just did it so I hope that helps. 🙂 I linked it back to the post I did about the Firefly Grill this summer. The recipe is at the bottom of the article. Let me know if you try it and what you think. Thanks again!

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