Someone recently said that the reason millennials can not buy homes (what?) is because we eat too much avocado toast (see article here) and I just really do not see the correlation. Could excessive avocado toast consumption be part of a larger theme of generally poor spending and saving habits? Sure. Not everyone has their priorities in check. I get it. But don't single out avocados when they've been nothing but good to us! Case in point: avocados, also known as butter pears have elevated a classic chicken salad dish from questionable nutritional value to #healthyeating. The result is a creamy crunchy avocado chicken salad that is paleo, Whole 30 compliant, and gluten-free but still tastes too good to be true.
Rather than using mayo, we're going to smash a few avocados to get the creamy texture we all know and love. But we won't stop there. Let's throw walnuts into the mix for crunch, red onion for a little kick, and fresh lemon juice for bright flavor. The chicken in this chicken salad is from GoodHeart Brand and comes pre-grilled, diced, and ready to eat. I love that it's minimally processed and free of the things you'd normally worry about with ready-to-eat foods. Start to finish, you're looking at less than ten minutes to bring this dish together and there's no need to turn on an oven or stove. Easy, cold dishes like this one are perfect for a simple breakfast, dinner, or lunch and great as part of a spread for company. So, to recap: this isn't like a regular chicken salad. It's a cool chicken salad. 🙂
As for eating it, you can approach this like you would a normal chicken salad: scoop it up with crackers, spread it between two slices of bread for a sandwich, or even eat it by the spoonful. Maybe even stick it to The Man by spreading it on your toast at the next fiscally irresponsible brunch! This was a big hit at our Mother's Day Brunch a few weeks back and I don't think it kept anyone away from their dream home. I hope this creamy crunchy avocado chicken salad helps you save time in the kitchen and keep your cool this summer. Thanks for reading!
Chicken provided by the GoodHeart Brand. As always, all opinions are my own.
Healthy and delicious chicken salad made with avocado instead of mayonnaise
- 5 avocados skinned and seeded
- 6 ounces walnut pieces
- 1 pound grilled chicken thighs diced
- ¼ red onion minced
- juice of 1 lemon
- sea salt to taste
- black pepper to taste
- Smash avocados to desired consistency in a large bowl.
- Add remaining ingredients except salt and pepper. Mix well then season to taste.