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Aug262013

Avocado Cilantro Chicken Salad

Avocado cilantro chicken salad

First of all, I want to apologize for the dark picture; I made this for dinner on a Wednesday, Joel didn't come home from sailing until 10pm, and I didn't think that it would look nearly as appetizing the next day after the avocado had time to oxidize. Now that thats out of the way...Today is the last Secret Recipe Club reveal day of the summer. Though I'm sad to see summer go, I'm looking forward to getting back to a routine once school starts. This month, I was assigned to Jaime's blog, Mom's Test Kitchen. Jaime is a wife and mom of a sweet little girl, yet she still has time to participate in (and host) several different recipe round-ups quite regularly. I don't know how on earth she has the time or energy, but I'm glad she does because she has quite the collection of great recipes on her site! I happily searched through her blog and came across this interesting twist on a classic dish. Swapping out mayo for a healthier fat like mashed avocado is definitely something I never would have thought of on my own, but it really gave the chicken salad a nice flavor and made me feel a little healthier eating it. If you are bored with traditional chicken salad, I highly recommend giving this fun twist a try. Thanks, Jaime, for showing me how to use avocado as a delicious substitute in a classic favorite!

2 cups Chicken, cooked and shredded (I used 2 small breasts)
2 tablespoons Scallions, chopped
1 tablespoon Red Onion, minced
1/2 cup Cilantro, chopped
1 Avocado, mashed
Pinch of Garlic Powder
Pinch of Chili Powder
Pinch of Ground Cumin
Juice from 1 Lime
Salt and Pepper, to taste

In a bowl, combine the chicken, scallions, red onion, cilantro, and avocado. Squeeze the lime juice over the bowl and mix. Season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, chili powder, and cumin. 

SOURCE: Mom's Test Kitchen 

Reader Comments (22)

Avocado is useful as a sub for mayo in so many things! Great SRC pick!

I am so going to make this just ASAP. The idea is brilliant and I can almost taste it in my imagination. Yum. Yum. Yum. Great choice for #SRC.
Renee - Kudos Kitchen

August 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRenee - Kudos Kitchen

Very nice recipe to enjoy during the hot days still left... makes me soooo sad to see Summer about to say goodbye

Have a wonderful Monday Reveal Day!

August 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSallyBR

love this salad. I can't make it soon enough. Great pick. Fellow SRC Member

August 26, 2013 | Unregistered Commentershari

Love the idea of swapping out the mayo for avocado - I've been wanting to try that with tuna salad forever. Great SRC choice this month!!

August 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRebekah @ Making Miracles

FAB SRC pick and I do love to see new sandwich spread or salad recipes! Karen

August 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

That sounds so good! I bet it's the perfect summertime sandwich too :)
Happy reveal day!

August 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJanie E

Since I am obsessed with avocados right now this is just perfect for me! Happy Reveal Day!

August 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEmily @ Life on Food

Absolutely have to try this idea for chicken salad! Avocado, lime and cumin, such great additions!

Love the idea of avocado instead of mayo. Great pick!

August 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTara

Love the avocado instead of the mayo! Mayo and I have a love/hate relationship:) I would love to try this on a croissant~ Great pick! Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

I'm not the hugest fan of mayo, so I LOVE this twist on chicken salad. I know I'd love this version, YUM!

August 26, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteramy @ fearless homemaker

I'm definitely a mayo-hater, so I LOVE the idea of using avocado instead! I will definitely have to try something like this! :)

Yum, yum yum!!! I LOVE avocado! This looks awesome! Great choice

August 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKirstin

I have been loving avocados lately. This salad looks great! Happy Reveal Day!

I love this idea of swapping out the mayo for avocado. Great idea, and it looks like a delish salad!!

August 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterThe Wimpy Vegetarian

Yum! Skip the cilantro and you've won my heart forever!

August 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

@Melissa: Substitute parsley! I actually used some (even though I didn't include it on the list) because I didn't have as much cilantro in the garden as I thought I had.

August 27, 2013 | Registered CommenterMelissa

Oh, thanks. Perfect fix! We got a small cilantro plant from our CSA. It was already pretty scrawny, but I might have purposely neglected it a bit. There are very few things I can't stand and cilantro is top of the list. But parsley would be great and keep the vibrant color!

August 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

I'm so glad you like the chicken salad!! This is one of our favorites too but my husband loves just about anything that has cilantro in it!! Oh & LOL, my energy consists of overly sugared iced tea (not a coffee drinker) & I don't think I've slept since my daughter was born! ;)

The next time we have leftover chicken, I am so swapping avocado for mayo in my chicken salad. This sounds delicious!

Great use of avocado - I'm going to use that next time. Great SRC pick!

August 30, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterbakingaddict

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