Chicken, Asparagus, and Spinach Salad; March Madness

This salad is reminiscent of the egg salad for sandwiches my mother used to make.

Actually, I still make it occasionally, for our bike ride picnics. I do something that would shock my mother, though: add capers and put in in a ‘wrap’.

I digress….

I try to vary the vinaigrettes / salad dressing we have on our salads. We eat a lot of salads when all the greens are in season so variety is necessary – and fun.

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Chicken, Asparagus, and Spinach Salad

This easy, full-meal salad goes together quickly. I keep a few hard-boiled eggs in the fridge this time of year – for adding to salads or a quick picnic sandwich filling.  But they don’t take long to cook.

  • Author: Kate
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Salad


  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, (12oz, 360gr) total
  • 1 cup (8oz, 240ml) chicken broth
  • 8oz (240gr) asparagus. cut into 1 inch (2.5 cm) lengths
  • 2 eggs, hard-cooked, peeled, roughly chopped
  • 6oz (180gr) fresh spinach, prepped for salad
  • Mayonnaise Dressing
  • 5 Tbs mayonnaise
  • 1 1/2 tbs Dijon-style mustard
  • 2 tbs tarragon white wine vinegar
  • 1 tbs fresh chives, snipped


  • Chicken:
  • Put chicken breasts in a skillet large enough to hold them easily.
  • Add broth and enough water to come half way up the sides of the chicken.
  • Cover and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat and simmer until done, about 12 minutes.
  • Remove chicken and slice. Save broth for another use.
  • Asparagus:
  • Fill large saucepan half full of water and bring to a boil over high heat.
  • When boiling, drop in asparagus and parboil for 3 minutes.
  • Drain and immediately rinse with cold water.
  • Dressing:
  • Mix all ingredients in a medium bowl
  • To finish:
  • Add eggs, asparagus to dressing and stir gently to combine.
  • Arrange spinach on 2 plates.
  • Put asparagus / egg mixture in the center, dividing evenly.
  • Arrange the sliced chicken around the edge and serve.


I steam eggs – it makes them easier to peel. Put in a steamer basket with a bit of water. Cover and steam for 16 minutes after the lid becomes too hot to touch. Remove and put eggs in cold water.


  • Serving Size: 1/2 recipe
  • Calories: 580
  • Sugar: 3.8 g
  • Sodium: 1182.7 mg
  • Fat: 36.3 g
  • Saturated Fat: 6.7 g
  • Trans Fat: 0.1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 8.9 g
  • Fiber: 4.3 g
  • Protein: 50.7 g
  • Cholesterol: 327.6 mg

Keywords: chicken, spinach, asparagus

Chicken, Asparagus Spinach Salad

Someone said (but no one knows for certain who said it or what the exact phrasing is / was) ‘Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results’.

I keep planting seeds in little pots in March to grow into plants to put in my vegetable garden in May.

In my defense, I enjoy doing it.

However, in repeated experiments over the years, I have proven to myself that I get better and faster results if I sow the seeds directly into the ground in May.

Yes, that includes tomatoes.

It’s especially true of the squashes, both summer and winter.

For example:

The scrawny plant on the bottom of the photo with a pathetic attempt at a flower was planted in a seedling pot in the middle of March. It grew nicely, although never very big.

It was transplanted into my veggie garden 4 weeks ago..

The 3 big, green seedlings are from the same seeds that were planted directly in the dirt 10 days ago

Example 2:

.A different squash but the same results.

I know this.

I have known this for years.

I prove it to myself regularly.

And yet….

March Madness.

2 thoughts on “Chicken, Asparagus, and Spinach Salad; March Madness”

  1. I think that’s funny, but it’s a drive to compete with the earth you plant in and prove it wrong 😉 If you could get hold of a soil tester, you might get better pre-planting results.

    I’d put that salad in a wrap! I love salads in wraps. I don’t know why. I used to do that a lot though when I was working. They’re portable, easy to eat and no dish to worry about bringing home. Just the foil wrap to toss in the recycle bin.

  2. I buy dirt specifically for seeds. I don’t think I will do that again lol. But it is bizarre. I love wraps – that is what I make, some variation, for our bike picnics.

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