An Amazing Chicken Salad With Avocado

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chicken salad with avocado

This chicken salad with avocado is amazing, and the cilantro pepita dressing is good with just about everything. Use it for this salad–or pour it over simple lettuce greens, use it as a dip for veggies, or use it to top grilled shrimp. Any way you have it, the bright cilantro & jalapeno peppers combine with the roasted pepitas and cheese to make a simultaneously fresh and rich sauce.

Recipe card & instructions updated 3/21/22.

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So hey, it’s tax day! It’s always a slightly harrowing  experience for us, these tax days. One thing that we’ve learned is that procrastination doesn’t make the filing deadline disappear. Sadly, year after year, it sits before us like some enormous crap-shoot; Will we owe money? Will we get it back? And also usually, where is that form? Those receipts?

Lunch coming to the rescue

My husband, bless his heart, deals with it all, spending long hours hunkering at his desk under piles and piles of paperwork. I sit helplessly by, trying not to bite my nails off as I wait for the final tally. To keep myself busy, I putz in the kitchen–and truly, someone needs to feed the man so he can keep at it, right?

I rummage through the leftovers in the fridge and pull out some corn tortillas, last night’s barbecued chicken, a few lettuce leaves, and the cilantro pepita dressing from two nights ago. There’s a ripe avocado in the fruit bowl. Mindlessly, I tear off a chunk of cold chicken and dredge it through the dressing, uncertain as to what I’m going to make. Yes!

chicken salad with avocado

Hurriedly I cut the breasts into chunks and toss them in a bowl along with the fresh, nutty cilantro pepita sauce. The tortillas, I sliver, and fry up in sheen of sputtering olive oil. I line a platter with lettuce leaves, spoon over the saucy chicken and add some avocado slices for good measure. I top it all with the shoestring tortilla strips, which add a pleasing crunch. Lunch is served!

Now sated, my beleaguered accountant husband can get back to the fun business of taxes. See? I’m being super helpful and you totally couldn’t do it without me…right, Sweetie? Right.

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cilantro pepita chicken salad

Cilantro Pepita Chicken Salad

Alison Needham
The cilantro pepita dressing on this salad is good with just about everything. Use it for this salad–or pour it over simple lettuce greens, use it as a dip for veggies, or use it to top grilled shrimp. Any way you have it, the bright cilantro & jalapeno peppers combine with the roasted pepitas and cheese to make a simultaneously fresh and rich sauce.
Prep Time 11 mins
Cook Time 4 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Salad
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 5 servings
Calories 398 kcal

Ingredients
  

FOR THE DRESSING:

FOR THE SALAD:

Instructions
 

  • Make the dressing. Place the cilantro, jalapeno, garlic, pepitas, vinegar, Parmesan cheese, and mayo in a blender. Pulse to puree. If necessary, drizzle in a little water to get it to a pour-able consistency. Taste for seasoning and add salt and pepper.
  • Toss the chicken breast in about ½ cup of the dressing. Add more if necessary to evenly coat the chicken. Set aside and reserve the remaining dressing for another use.
  • Sliver the corn tortillas. Heat the olive oil in a medium skillet over medium high heat. When it begins to shimmer, add the tortilla strips and cook until crisp and golden brown, 3-4 minutes. Drain on paper towels.
  • Place the lettuce leaves on a platter. Top with chicken, avocado and finally the tortilla strips. Serve immediately.

Nutrition

Calories: 398kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 14gFat: 34gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 13gMonounsaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 38mgSodium: 283mgPotassium: 425mgFiber: 4gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 2394IUVitamin C: 13mgCalcium: 81mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Avocado Chicken Salad, salad
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4 Comments

  1. Lisa Andersen says:

    Sounds great! Can I sub the mayo for plain Greek yogurt?

  2. Oh my word. All of my favorites in one luncheon salad. M’lady, you rock an apron like no one’s business…even on the fly! I bet your sweet hubby deeply appreciated this special salad for lunch and concurred that you were entirely integral to helping him meet the tax filing deadline. Ha! 😉 xo

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