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Favorite 5-Minute Lunch Salad

Favorite 5-Minute Lunch Salad

  • Author: Maegan - The BakerMama
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 15 mins
  • Yield: 1 salad
  • Category: Main
  • Cuisine: Salad


A fresh, filling and flavorful salad that you can toss together in a matter of minutes for an amazing lunch any day of the week with these great salad staples always on hand.


  • 2 cups chopped salad greens (kale, brussels sprouts, broccoli, etc.)
  • 1/4 cup chopped pear
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 5 cherry tomatoes, sliced into fourths
  • 2 tablespoons Champagne Pear Vinaigrette with Gorgonzola (from Trader Joe’s)
  • 1 tablespoon dried cranberries
  • 1 tablespoon sesame honey cashews, crushed a bit
  • 1 tablespoon candied walnuts, crushed a bit
  • 1 heaping tablespoon crumbled gorgonzola
  • 2 pan-seared boneless skinless chicken tenderloins, chopped (about 1/2 cup chopped or shredded chicken)


  1. Place chopped greens, pear, red onion and tomatoes in a medium mixing bowl. Toss in vinaigrette. Add remaining ingredients and toss again until everything is evenly coated and combined. Enjoy!


To Pan Sear the Chicken Tenderloins: generously salt and pepper tops of the tenderloins before transferring them, seasoned side down, to a medium-heated skillet that’s been drizzled with a little olive oil. Season the other sides of the tenderloins with salt and pepper while the first sides sear. Sear for about 3 minutes or until nicely browned before flipping and searing for another 3 minutes on the other side. Cover the pan with a lid and let continue to cook for another 2 minutes to add steam/moisture and insure they’re cooked all the way through without drying out.