Avocado Chicken Salad

Hi! How’s your day going so far? I have a healthy avocado chicken salad for you below!

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:

Randy Snow Suit A Christmas Story


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.

Avocado Chicken Salad

The star of the show: avocado chicken salad. 

Avocado chicken salad served on lettuce for a low-carb lunch

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.

This healthy avocado chicken salad replaces mayo with avocado for a creamy, texture and a boost of nutrients. Serve it on lettuce for a low-carb option.

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

Chicken salad ingredients

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.

Avocado chicken salad


Avocado Chicken Salad

A decadent yet healthy twist on the classic chicken salad! Enjoy atop salad greens or as a sandwich or wrap filling.

  • Prep Time: 10
  • Total Time: 10


  • 1 avocado
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/4 cup milk of choice
  • 1 1/2 cooked chicken breast, cubed
  • 1/2 cup red grapes, sliced
  • 1 scallion, chopped (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried dill
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  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!


  • Serving Size: 2

What’d you have for lunch today? And quick and delicious lunch combos lately?

See ya later <3



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  1. Sara @ LovingOnTheRun on March 4, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    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. Brynn on March 4, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    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. Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs on March 4, 2014 at 6:50 pm

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

  4. Meg @ A Dash of Meg on March 4, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    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. Kim @ FITsique on March 4, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    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. Cady @ This Is The Moment on March 4, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    Just wondering if you could make me lunch everyday?

  7. Jackie on March 4, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    This looks delish!

  8. Lauren @ Fun, Fit and Fabulous! on March 4, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    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. Theodora on March 4, 2014 at 8:23 pm

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

  10. Shari on March 4, 2014 at 8:37 pm

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

  11. Kim on March 4, 2014 at 8:53 pm

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

  12. Cheri @ Overactive Blogger on March 4, 2014 at 8:54 pm

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

  13. Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment on March 4, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    I love the avocado idea!

  14. RachelG on March 4, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    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. Megan @ TheSkinny-Life on March 4, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    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. Chicago Jogger on March 4, 2014 at 9:36 pm

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

  17. Alex @ Kenzie Life on March 4, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    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. Maria on March 4, 2014 at 10:40 pm

    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. Livi on March 4, 2014 at 11:16 pm

    I love this delicious dairy free option!

  20. Lucie@FitSwissChick on March 5, 2014 at 5:49 am

    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. Rhiannon @ Bound to be a Buckeye on March 5, 2014 at 7:38 am

    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. Cate on March 5, 2014 at 7:44 am

    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. Annie @ Annie Get Your Run on March 5, 2014 at 8:38 am

    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. june on March 5, 2014 at 9:00 am

    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. Sylvia on March 5, 2014 at 9:16 am

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

  26. Melissa on March 5, 2014 at 9:52 am

    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. FitBritt@MyOwnBalance on March 5, 2014 at 9:55 am

    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. kayla on March 5, 2014 at 9:57 am

    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. Jill on March 5, 2014 at 10:33 am

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

  30. Tracy on March 5, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    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™

    • Fitnessista on March 5, 2014 at 5:01 pm

      what?! that is such a bummer!
      and yes, i think salmon would taste great with it

  31. april on March 5, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    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. Lauren @ Focused To Be Fit on March 5, 2014 at 2:47 pm

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

  33. Laura B @ FitMamaLove on March 6, 2014 at 9:30 am

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

  34. Cassie Vaughn on March 6, 2014 at 11:09 am

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

  35. Kath on March 6, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    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. Hayley on July 16, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    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!

    • Fitnessista on July 16, 2014 at 5:43 pm

      it totally does! let me know if you give it a try πŸ™‚

      • Hayley on July 16, 2014 at 7:09 pm

        Thanks for such a quick response! I will definitely be trying it and letting you know how it is. πŸ™‚

  37. Hayley on July 30, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    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!

    • Fitnessista on July 30, 2014 at 5:34 pm

      happy you liked it!!! xoxo

  38. Kristen Boucher on January 23, 2015 at 5:01 am

    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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