5 Ingredient Chicken Sausage Spinach Salad Recipe

A savory, filling salad with layers of flavor! Brown the chicken sausage for an extra punch of deliciousness.

Are you ready for a salad you might actually crave!? How about one your husband might crave!? THIS is it. With browned chicken sausage, shredded Unexpected Cheddar Cheese, Chili Onion Crunch and a little spinach tossed in a tangy apple cider vinaigrette, you’ll have your favorite guy *requesting* salad on the reg. All ingredients can be found at Trader Joes!

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The Chicken Sausage

Cooked chicken sausage links are fully edible but SO much better when cut into disks and browned! The heat adds a nice crispiness to the links and enhances the flavor tremendously. Slice the chicken sausage link into 1/8″ inch rounds and brown in a non-stick pan sprayed with cooking spray for 2-3 mins a side.

The Unexpected Cheddar

There are so many cheeses to love by my GAH Unexpected Cheddar tops my list. It has a rich nuttiness that resembles parmesan but the creaminess you love and do expect from cheddar 🙂 Trader Joes has recently started to sell this cheese shredded but if you can only find it in a block, just grate it yourself at home! It’s addicting.

The Chili Onion Crunch

This condiment reminds me of an Asian chili oil but with less heat and more crunch. It’s oil-based and has a wonderful texture and onion/garlic flavor that tastes great on scrambled eggs, avocado toast, grilled veggies… and this salad!

The Spinach

Ahhh spinach. You offer so much nutrition while still being easy on the palate. Spinach is my favorite lettuce for salads because it packs so much punch without feeling like you’re gnawing raw leaves. Of course, every recipe is editable so customize with your favorite lettuce as you wish!

The Apple Cider Vinaigrette

My go-to dressing for all salads! Tangy and garlicky and totally yum. You’ll need avocado or olive oil, apple cider vinegar, smashed garlic cloves, salt and pepper. Make a big batch and keep on the counter for the week.

Hope you enjoy this recipe!

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5 Ingredient Chicken Sausage Spinach Salad

A savory, filling salad with layers of flavor! Brown the chicken sausage for an extra punch of deliciousness.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Main Course, Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 2 salads


  • 2 cups spinach leaves
  • 4 links cooked chicken sausage any flavor
  • 2 tbsp. shredded Unexpected Cheddar cheese
  • 2 tbsp. Chili Onion Crunch
  • Apple Cider Vinaigrette for dressing

Apple Cider Vinaigrette (makes 1 1/2 cups)

  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup avocado or olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic smashed
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper


  • Start by shaking all ingredients for your dressing in a salad dressing shaker and setting aside. Will keep at room temperature for 3-5 days!
  • To brown chicken sausage: heat nonstick pan over medium heat then add a spray of avocado oil. Slice chicken sausage links into disks and add to pan. Cook 2-3 mins per side until browned then place onto plate.
  • In two bowls, divide the spinach leaves evenly. Then divide the chicken sausage between the two bowls. Top each bowl with 1 tbsp. Unexpected Cheddar and 1 tbsp. Chili Onion Crunch.
  • Drizzle a little dressing over each bowl and enjoy!
Keyword chicken salad, chicken sausage, chili onion crunch, spinach, trader joes
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