Avocado Chicken Salad

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This quick and easy Avocado Chicken Salad is made with chicken, celery, onion, red pepper, cilantro and black olives all tossed in a creamy avocado mayo (that contains no mayonnaise).   

Avocado Chicken Salad is an easy chicken and avocado salad made with chicken, vegetables and black olives all tossed in a vegan avocado mayo

This chicken and avocado salad is great stuffed between two slices of bread, rolled in a wrap, or served with crackers and tortilla chips.   It’s also good straight-up by the spoonfuls! 

Avocado Chicken Salad is an easy chicken and avocado salad made with chicken, vegetables and black olives all tossed in a vegan avocado mayo

AVOCADO CHICKEN SALAD RECIPE

The avocado mayonnaise used for this recipe is super easy to make and it adds a dose of healthy fat and delicious flavor to the mix.

  • Cooked chicken
  • Purple onion
  • Celery
  • Red pepper
  • Fresh cilantro
  • Black olives
  • Avocado mayo (recipe below)
  • Seasoning (onion and garlic powder, salt and freshly ground black pepper)

    HOW TO MAKE CHICKEN SALAD WITHOUT MAYO

    This Southwest avocado chicken salad comes together in about 20 minutes start-t0-finish.

    1. In a medium size mixing bowl, combine the chicken, onion, celery, red pepper, cilantro and black olives. Set aside.
    2. Fold the avocado mayo into the ingredients until well incorporated.
    3. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.

    AVOCADO MAYONNAISE

    • Ripe avocados
    • Lemon juice
    • Onion powder
    • Fresh cilantro leaves, chopped 
    • Jalapeno, minced (optional)
    • Salt to taste

    HOW TO MAKE AVOCADO MAYONNAISE

    1. Remove pit and peel from avocados.
    2. Add all of the ingredients to the blender or food processor and blend until you reach your desired creamy texture.

    HOW TO PICK AVOCADOS

    I always remove the little stem on the end of the avocado where it was attached to the tree.  If it’s a light green under the stem – then the avocado is good.  If it’s brown under the stem – then the avocado is going to be too ripe and the flesh will have brown spots.  You want the avocado to be relatively firm with a little give when testing it with your hand.  If there are soft spots, the avocado is going to be too ripe with brown spots.

    Avocado Chicken Salad is an easy chicken and avocado salad made with chicken, vegetables and black olives all tossed in a vegan avocado mayo

    BENEFITS OF AVOCADO

    Avocados provide anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits.  They’re rich source of vitamin B-6 and folic acid, and monounsaturated fat (which is a good fat that has been linked to a reduced risk of cancer and diabetes).  They are also a good source of potassium (which helps control blood pressure) and lutein (which promotes good eye health). 

    Avocado Chicken Salad is an easy chicken and avocado salad made with chicken, vegetables and black olives all tossed in a vegan avocado mayo

    You guys are going to love this easy-to-make Avocado Chicken Salad!  It’s a delicious heart-healthy twist to a favorite classic.

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    Avocado Chicken Salad is an easy chicken and avocado salad made with chicken, vegetables and black olives all tossed in a vegan avocado mayo
    Yield: 4 servings

    Avocado Chicken Salad

    Prep Time 15 minutes
    Total Time 15 minutes

    Avocado Chicken Salad is an easy chicken and avocado salad made with chicken, vegetables and black olives all tossed in a vegan avocado mayo

    Ingredients

    • 3-1/2 cups cooked chicken, chopped
    • 1/4 cup purple onion, minced
    • 1/4 cup celery, minced
    • 1/4 cup red pepper, minced
    • 3 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped finely
    • 1/4 cup black olives, sliced
    • 1/3 cup avocado mayo (recipe below)
    • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
    • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

    For the Avocado Mayonnaise

    • 2 ripe avocados
    • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
    • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
    • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro leaves, chopped (optional)
    • 1/4 jalapeno, minced (optional)
    • Salt to taste

    Instructions

    For the Avocado Chicken Salad

    1. In a medium size mixing bowl, combine the chicken, onion, celery, red pepper, cilantro and black olives. Set aside.
    2. Fold the avocado mayo into the ingredients until well incorporated.
    3. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.

    For the Avocado Mayo

    1. Remove pit and peel from avocados.
    2. Add all of the ingredients to the blender or food processor and blend until you reach your desired creamy texture.
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