Spinach, Apple & Chicken Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing & Cheese Crisps

Swap out store-bought for this tangy homemade buttermilk and poppy seed dressing to take this healthy salad recipe to the next level. For an even more impressive meal, make your own crunchy cheese crisps in a snap, using phyllo dough, for a delicious accompaniment to this dinner salad. Make extra dressing to keep on hand for other salads throughout the week.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
4 servings


  • 3 9-by-14-inch phyllo pastry sheets, thawed

  • 4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil plus 2 tablespoons, divided

  • 1 large egg white, beaten

  • cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves

  • 3 tablespoons buttermilk

  • 2 tablespoons honey

  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon poppy seeds

  • ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard

  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

  • 5 cups baby spinach

  • 1 ½ cups shredded cooked chicken breast

  • 1 medium Gala apple, sliced


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. Place 1 sheet of phyllo on the prepared baking sheet. Brush with 2 teaspoons oil. Top with a second sheet of phyllo, pressing gently to adhere. Brush with 2 teaspoons oil. Place the third sheet on top and brush with egg white. Sprinkle with cheese and thyme. Using a pizza cutter or sharp knife, cut the phyllo stack into approximately 2-inch squares. Bake until golden brown, about 8 minutes. Let cool for about 3 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, whisk the remaining 2 tablespoons oil, buttermilk, honey, vinegar, poppy seeds, mustard and salt in a medium bowl.

  4. Add spinach, chicken and apple to the bowl and toss to coat. Serve with the phyllo crisps.


To make ahead: Refrigerate dressing (Step 3) for up to 2 days.

Equipment: Parchment paper

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

349 Calories
17g Fat
26g Carbs
23g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 349
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 26g 9%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Total Sugars 14g
Protein 23g 46%
Total Fat 17g 21%
Saturated Fat 4g 18%
Cholesterol 50mg 17%
Vitamin A 4711IU 94%
Vitamin C 23mg 26%
Folate 26mcg 6%
Sodium 567mg 25%
Calcium 190mg 15%
Iron 4mg 20%
Magnesium 79mg 19%
Potassium 249mg 5%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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