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Avocado Sonoma Chicken Salad

Healthy Avocado Sonoma Chicken Salad is creamy and crunchy and loaded with good nutrition. Celery, red onion, and toasted pecans provide the crunch, a mashed ripe avocado and a little mayo give it plenty of creaminess, and halved red grapes add little bursts of sweetness.

Avocado Somoma Chicken Salad in a wooden bowl.

Typically I love a chicken salad that’s loaded in mayo.

But more and more I’ve been using a mashed avocado, one of my favorite foods, to provide most of the creaminess for chicken salad. Avocados are so full of healthy fats and they have a creaminess to them that just can’t be beat.

I added just a little mayo to this recipe. Old habits die hard.  🙂

You could use yogurt instead.

Chicken Salad in wooden salad bowl.

Recipe Tips

I usually eat this Avocado Sonoma Chicken Salad on a bed of lettuce, but it makes a great sandwich too.

I like to use chicken breasts that I have cooked on my grill pan, but you can use any cooked chicken: poached, baked, or even Rotisserie chicken from the store.

Storage

This chicken salad is best eaten within 24 hours. The avocados will turn brown overtime. Be sure to place plastic wrap directly on top of the salad to keep it fresh-looking for as long as possible.

Avocado Somoma Chicken Salad in wooden bowl.

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Avocado Sonoma Chicken Salad

Healthy Avocado Sonoma Chicken Salad is creamy and crunchy and loaded with good nutrition. Celery, red onion, and toasted pecans provide the crunch, a mashed ripe avocado and a little mayo give it plenty of creaminess, and halved red grapes add little bursts of sweetness.
PREP: 10 mins
0 mins
TOTAL: 10 mins
SERVINGS: 3

Ingredients

  • 2 boneless grilled chicken breasts
  • 1 large avocado
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise or greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon or lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup halved red seedless grapes
  • 1 celery rib, diced
  • 1/3 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/2 cup toasted pecans

Instructions

  • Dice chicken and place in a medium bowl.
  • In a small bowl, mashed avocado and mix in mayonnaise, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Add to chicken and stir to coat chicken in avocado mixture.
  • Stir in grapes, celery, and onion.
  • Sprinkle toasted pecans on top just before serving.

Notes

The avocado will turn brown over time. Best eaten within 24 hours. Store leftovers with plastic wrap pressed onto the surface to help keep the avocado from oxidizing.

Nutrition

Calories: 361kcal
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Course: Lunch, Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: avocado, chicken salad

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Originally posted May 13, 2015.

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21 thoughts on “Avocado Sonoma Chicken Salad”

  1. Og oppover i løpet av 3 år sammenlignet med å inngå en avtale om leie av alarm hos et vekterselskap.

  2. Mary @chattavore

    I pretty much love avocado anything, and I can tell you that this is no exception. Chicken salad is like the quintessential Southern dish for ladies who lunch, and this looks absolutely divine!

  3. Olivia @ Olivia's Cuisine

    Yum! This salad is looking amazingly delicious. I tried to do a salad with grape this week and it wasn’t great. Have to try your version!

  4. I’m a huge fan of adding avocados to chicken salad. I love this sweeter version! Definitely need to try this one out next time!

  5. This is my kind of chicken salad — lightened up and with plenty of flavor and textures! Pinned to try.

  6. Stacey @ Bake.Eat.Repeat.

    I haven’t tried avocado in chicken salad – I think I’ve been missing out! This chicken salad looks fantastic!

  7. Ashley | The Recipe Rebel

    Love the pop of sweetness from the grapes and the crunch from the pecans! Such a great summer picnic recipe! Pinned 🙂

  8. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    This is such a pretty salad, Christin! I love the mixture of avocado, grapes and red onions. Sounds so full of flavor and perfect for a light lunch. Pinned!

  9. Shelby @ Go Eat and Repeat

    This chicken salad looks really tasty! This is a great lunch idea for the spring!

  10. I’ve never been a big mayo person so I love that you used mostly the avocado here! And the grapes sound perfect – they are so good in savory dishes!

  11. Thao @ In Good Flavor

    This is the kind of thing I should have had for lunch today instead of the large pulled pork sandwich I devoured. I wouldn’t have thought to add grapes, but it is a perfect choice for adding a bit of sweetness. Yum!

  12. Medha @ Whisk & Shout

    Wow! I just love that you used grapes here, so creative and such a pop of flavor 🙂

  13. Jocelyn (Grandbaby cakes)

    I love all the different textures you added to this salad. I mean it is seriously perfection!

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