Chicken salad can be boring and full of bad-for-you ingredients. But not this version. Try this Healthy Avocado Chicken Salad and you’ll never go back to another recipe again!
How many times have you been to a baby shower, wedding shower, or any other shower-type party? Too many to count? Then you have no doubt been subjected to what my friend calls a “mayonnaise party”. Egg salad. Tuna salad. Potato salad. Chicken salad. All with a basket of stale croissants, ready to get your mayo on. <shudder>
Now let me say that I actually love me some mayonnaise. It’s a guilty pleasure that is a must in certain recipes. That creamy texture that helps bind all of the other ingredients together is important so that you’re not dropping pieces of chicken all over yourself as you try to eat. However, chopped meat or vegetable salads should not necessarily be one of them.
I decided to try my hand a finding other (healthier) ways to get that desired texture without the heavy and fatty nature in many mayonnaise dressings out there. And what’s creamier than Greek Yogurt and Avocados? In this case, not much my friends.
As I worked to concoct the desired textures, I thought about the things that make a good chicken salad. Creamy–check. Protein–check. Crunchy–wait! I normally would reach for something like onions or celery, but I realized that those flavors may overpower the avocado and yogurt. Luckily I had a half of a head of Napa cabbage in my vegetable crisper. While this cabbage doesn’t have much flavor on its own, the crunch is undeniable. It was the perfect compliment I was looking for. Check!
After I let these gorgeous and oh-so-simple flavors meld for just a bit in the refrigerator, I knew I had to layer this salad with beautiful summer tomatoes (yes, I’m still addicted) and more greens. Oh, and the vehicle for the whole thing? A ciabatta roll was the obvious choice.
Now let me say that I obviously like all of my own recipes. Duh. But I have to tell you this may be my favorite in terms of the success in marrying ingredients. A pat on the back here may not be enough. A banner? A gold star? A parade? Hmmmm…
While I figure out the accolades I believe I am entitled to, get yourself these ingredients and make this Healthy Avocado Chicken Salad. Then you can get in line to congratulate me. You’ll never look at a mayonnaise party the same way again!
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