Strawberry, Goat Cheese, Avocado Arugula Salad with Beer Brined Chicken and Limoncello Poppyseed Dressing

Strawberry, Goat Cheese, Avocado, Arugula Salad with Beer Brined Chicken and Limoncello Poppyseed Dressing


  • 2 Chicken Breasts
  • 1 16 ounce can of beer - I used NoDa Brewing Company's CAVU Blonde Ale because it has fruit and citris notes to complement the chicken and the salad
  • 2 cups strawberries hulled and quartered
  • 1 avocado removed from shell, pitted, and sliced
  • 1/2-3/4 cup sliced almonds toasted
  • 4 ounces goat cheese crumbled
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • a few pinches salt
  • a few pinches pepper
  • a few pinches garlic powder
  • 6-8 cups arugula

For the Dressing

  • 1/2 small shallot diced
  • 4 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon poppyseeds
  • 3 tablespoons Limoncello
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Combine chicken and beer in a zipper bag or container with a lid, refrigerate for 45 minutes to 1 hour
  2. Meanwhile make the dressing by combining all ingredients to a mason jar, cover with the lid and shake vigorously, set aside
  3. Remove chicken from the beer brine and transfer to a parchment lined baking sheet
  4. Discard beer brine - sadly, you can't drink it now
  5. Sprinkle chicken with olive oil, salt and pepper
  6. Broil chicken for 6-8 minutes each side, or until the internal temperature is 160 in the thickest part
  7. While chicken is cooking, prepare the salad
  8. In one very large bowl or two big salad bowls, add arugula and top with strawberries, avocado, and goat cheese
  9. Top with chicken and almonds
  10. Serve with dressing