Avocado chicken salad

Hi! How’s your day going so far? I’m so happy you liked the Fit Tuesday workout! We haven’t succeeded in making our Mardi Gras cookies (we went to the store for sprinkles and they had every color except purple, yellow and green!), but maybe we’ll find a King Cake before the day is over. Is it weird that I totally love the fact that there’s a plastic baby or trinket inside? Equally creepy, hilarious, and awesome at the same time.

This morning, Livi and I went to storytime at the library after our sprinkles mission, and then to look for a winter coat. Word on the street is that it’s kind of cold in NYC. I might die. (Actually I won’t because it’s my second favorite place in the world, behind Positano, and I’ll just be so stoked to be there.) If you see me walking out and about, chances are that I’ll look like this:

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We had smoothies and some Pirate’s Booty (aka cheese-flavored air) at the mall, but were ready for a more hearty snack when we got home.

The star of the show: avocado chicken salad. 

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I had a crazy hankering for chicken salad, and since we were out of yogurt (my usual chicken salad base), I thought an avocado would be a perfect replacement. It gave the salad a glorious creamy texture + a boost of nutrients. For texture, I also added some sliced grapes, celery, and fresh parsley.

The chicken was plain grilled chicken that the Pilot made as part of our meal prep:

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Took less than 10 minutes to put together, and it was absolutely delicious. This hearty and healthy filling would also be wonderful on favorite bread, on chopped greens with dressing, stuffed into a bell pepper or in a wrap. Let me know if you give it a try πŸ™‚ Veggie friends: I think it would be equally delicious with firm cubed tofu.

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Avocado Chicken Salad
Serves 2
A decadent yet healthy twist on the classic chicken salad! Enjoy atop salad greens or as a sandwich or wrap filling.
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 avocado
  2. Juice of 1/2 lemon
  3. 1/4 cup milk of choice
  4. 1 1/2 cooked chicken breast, cubed
  5. 1/2 cup red grapes, sliced
  6. 1 scallion, chopped (optional)
  7. 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  8. 1/2 teaspoon dried dill
  9. 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  10. Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, mash the avocado with a fork. Stir in the milk and lemon juice.
  2. Add the chicken, grapes, scallion, parsley and seasonings.
  3. Stir to combine. Taste and adjust flavors as necessary.
  4. Enjoy!
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What’d you have for lunch today? And quick and delicious lunch combos lately?

See ya later <3

xoxo

Gina

 

 

 

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  1. My lunch was such a conglomeration of everything I had in my refrigerator. Eggs, black beans, broccoli and then a rice cake with jelly and almond butter. I know completely random.

  2. Yum, I can’t wait to try this twist on a classic! Today I had a salad with leftover roasted veggies and grilled tofu, and topped it with a lemon vinagerette that I whipped up. Totally brought the salad to life! I love using leftovers as a salad topper.

  3. My husband & I are heading to NYC later this month — do you have any NY favorites or recommendations to share? Thanks! πŸ™‚

  4. this is wonderful, love. i love making my chicken salad with avocado. i love adding avocado to anything and everything πŸ˜€ my lunch was a huge salad made with spinach, avocado, lemon juice, salt and pep, sardines, grape tomatoes, and sliced cucumbers! i love a good cucumber and this was the sweetest cucumber ever. always a good salad add in πŸ˜€

  5. I had some King cake on saturday! So good. Really wish I could get to New Orleans in person sometime! Lunch today was a chicken, pesto, and goat cheese wrap. Delicious and quick!

  6. Just wondering if you could make me lunch everyday?

  7. This looks delish!

  8. The traditional mayonaise in chicken salad always freaked me out. I need to just get over this and try it with avocado. Anytime anyone posts about it, it looks delicious! I am going to go for it and give yours a try!!

  9. yes, you will die – but wine will keep you warm!

  10. That looks delicious!! I wouldn’t have thought to use avocado!! =gonna have to try it!

  11. This looks tasty – I had some chicken salad and egg salad at lunch but sadly no avocados – next time!!

  12. That looks really really yummy! No chicken for me, but hoping to top a salad with something similar!
    C

  13. I love the avocado idea!

  14. RachelG says:

    Gina, what are you heading to NYC for? The temps this weekend are actually supposed to get into the low 40s, so maybe you’re bringing some of that west coast “warm” weather to us. πŸ™‚

  15. I’m just as bummed about the cookies as you guys! The avocado chicken salad looks wonderful. I had turkey breast on lettuce with avocado hummus today. It was so good!

  16. This looks awesome:) I love avocados but never thought to use them as a chicken salad base. Yum!

  17. I think this would be great with tofu too! I’ve been loving avocados lately, especially with TJs edamame hummus on bread with tomatoes and shredded carrots, or with egg whites on an english muffin with a hashbrown patty πŸ™‚

  18. Bundle up lady! Winter has not been kind to the upper part of the country :-/ But enjoy your time in NYC. Also one of my favorite paces to visit πŸ™‚ You should go visit Babycakes NYC while you’re there. That chicken salad looks tasty. Never thought of using avocado as my base.

  19. I love this delicious dairy free option!

  20. Oh that sounds delicious!! Such a great idea to sub the yogurt with avocado.
    Enjoy NYC!! I am so in love with this city. Though I am happy that we have warmer temps this year here in Switzerland – I am a wimp when it comes to cold temperatures.

  21. My lunch was some Boar’s Head ham and cheese so I need some new menu items, haha. This looks like such a great recipe and I love using grilled meats. I bet that really gave it an amazing flavor!

  22. I love avocado in any shape or form, and the combination of grapes and scallions seem like a perfect match.

    Got in the Fit Tuesday workout this morning. Thanks for another good one. I’ve been a little cardio heavy for the past week, so I needed some strength work with a bit of cardio to keep my heart pumping!

  23. This recipe is exactly what I needed today! I’m giving up dairy for Lent and have a really boring lunch today because I wasn’t prepared. This looks great for my meat-eating days!

  24. You’re halfway to a glorious curry chicken salad….substitute curry powder and cilantro instead of dill and parsley and add some dried cranberries and sliced almonds for extra texture.

  25. You are going to be in my hood! And yes bundle up, it’s around 30s here in NYC!

  26. Love the recipe…will try! Hello from New Orleans Gina! Do u know what happens if u get the piece of king cake with the baby inside? You have to buy the next king cake for everyone! King cakes are so yummy and can be plain or eaten with filling(cream cheese, Bavarian cream,apple,strawberry etc) Not all king cakes are created equal. Some bakeries are so yummy while other larger chains like walmart..well, lets just say…not as good. Have a great day! Love your blog*_*

  27. I love anything with avocado in it! Great idea for the chicken salad. Lately I have been having a rice bowl for lunch (brown rice, rotisserie chicken, sauteed peppers, jalapeno, laughing cow chipotle cheese, avocado, greek yogurt & salsa). So good!

    It’s supposed to be 51 degrees in NYC on Saturday and stay in the 40s next week so we may be pulling out of this polar vortex!

  28. It’s been SOOO cold in New York this winter… but if you’re here this weekend you should luck out with warmish weather for winter!

  29. That chicken salad looks delicious! I have an avocado that I plan to turn into egg salad for lunch today.

  30. I think I’ll give this recipe a go with canned salmon. Do you think that would taste ok??

    My kids devoured our King cake after dinner last night (I have 4 teens, 3 of them had track practice last night!!). Would you believe our cake had no baby inside?!?! So lame! We were so disappointed πŸ™

  31. i’m a big fan of adding avocado to all my lunches, so obviously i love this recipe πŸ˜‰ i often make tuna salad ezekiel wraps with tomatoes, hummus, and avocado – so delicious and it hits the spot!

  32. I’ve been craving chicken salad, too. YUM!

  33. What a good idea! Definitely a healthier twist on chicken salad. And tastier perhaps?

  34. Looks so good! That’s on my list to try once it gets warmer. πŸ™‚

  35. This sounds amazing. I would make it with tofu. How far in advance do you think this can be made? I try to prep my lunches for the week on Sunday, but not sure this would last until Friday… thoughts?

  36. I’ve always shied away from making chicken salad due to the mayo (though I’m not a dieter so i don’t know what I’m afraid of) and then I saw a paleo recipe for mayo but the thought of eating raw eggs freaked me out a bit. This recipe looks fantastic! Does it get creamy enough with using an avocado? I’m definitely trying it as well as your cashew sauce – thanks!

  37. I finally got around to making this and it was delicious! I left out the milk because it seemed creamy enough and replaced lemon juice with lime (no idea why..just sounded good). Great recipe, thank you!

  38. Yumm, I was looking around for recipes to try this weekend and I think we have a winner haha! Looks absolutely delish. I like the touch with the leaf of lettuce in the image too πŸ™‚

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