Avocado Chicken Salad

by KetoFocus.com

An easy salad packed with healthy fat and protein

5 Stars (1 Reviews)

For a quick meal, try this avocado chicken salad recipe. Filled with fats from the avocado and protein from the chicken and hard boiled eggs to help keep you full all day.

When my day is packed with work or activities, this chicken avocado salad is my go-to lunch. It’s an easy meal to make just like this one minute pizza bowl and my grilled cheese sandwich. Quick meals like that can help me on track so I can make the right choices the rest of the day and a healthy chicken salad fits perfectly.

sliced chicken, egg, avocado and tomatoes mixed with hearts of romaine on a plate

This avocado chicken salad recipe isn’t just a bed of lettuce mixed with avocado and chicken. It has tomatoes, hard boiled egg and a deliciously simple sherry herb vinaigrette dressing on top. It’s a great way to use leftover chicken or a rotisserie chicken from the deli. The combination of egg and chicken provides a whopping 26 grams of protein per serving!

The avocado in this salad recipe provides a healthy monounsaturated fat to help keep us satisfied. Ripe avocado is also full of fiber and potassium – an essential electrolyte.

How to make avocado chicken salad

  1. Chop and prep your ingredients. Shred or chop the chicken (chicken breast or thighs) into bite sized pieces. Tear or chop the heart of romaine lettuce. Slice the avocado. Quarter the tomatoes and hard boiled eggs.
  2. Assemble the salad. Lay down the lettuce onto a plate or bowl. Top with shredded chicken, sliced avocado, tomato wedges and hard boiled eggs.
  3. Make salad dressing. Whisk together olive oil, sherry vinegar, salt, pepper and dried herbs.

a salad on a rectangular plate with a light vinaigrette on top and pepper

Key ingredients & swaps

  • Chicken – Use cooked shredded or cubed chicken from chicken breast or thighs. This is a great salad to make if you have leftover chicken or a rotisserie chicken. For an easy chicken recipe, cook it in the Instant Pot!
  • Avocado – Can be sliced, diced or even smashed into the salad. Guacamole or a creamy avocado dressing can be used too.
  • Lettuce – This salad recipe uses hearts of romaine; however, butter lettuce, iceberg lettuce, red leaf or green leaf lettuce can be used.
  • Extras – This is optional, but I added in tomatoes (cherry tomatoes or on the vine) and hard boiled eggs. Other vegetables or fruit you may want to add is blueberries, cucumber, red onion or bell pepper. Consider adding bacon or bacon bits for added flavor.
  • Salad dressing – I keep it simple when it comes to salad dressing – no need for a mayonnaise like other salad recipes. Oil, acid, salt and pepper, flavor. The oil used is olive oil but avocado oil could also be used. I prefer the flavor of sherry vinegar in this vinaigrette, but red wine vinegar, apple cider vinegar or lemon juice and lime juice could also be used. Bragg’s Organic Sprinkle of 24 Herbs & Spices is my favorite for adding flavor to homemade salad dressing. Italian seasoning can also be used.

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Avocado Chicken Salad Ingredients

  • 1 pound cooked chicken
  • 2 hearts romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 1 medium avocado, sliced
  • 1 medium tomato, diced
  • 4 hard boiled eggs, quartered
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup sherry vinegar
  • 1-2 teaspoons Bragg's Sprinkle Herbs or Italian seasoning
  • salt & pepper to taste

Avocado Chicken Salad Directions

  • Avocado Chicken Salad
  • close up of a chicken salad with the words "5 minute chicken salad" across the bottom

    Make it lower carb

    To make this chicken salad recipe lower in carbs, consider the following:

    • Decrease the avocado. A medium avocado has 2 grams of net carbs. This isn’t that much considering this salad makes 4 servings; but the amount could be decreased to lower the carbs.
    • Decrease or omit the tomatoes. One medium tomato has 3.3 grams net carbs. Decrease the tomato by half or omit if necessary.
    chicken salad with a bottle of sherry vinegar in the background

    Storage information & meal prep

    Once the vinaigrette is on this salad, it is best if it is consumed right away as salad dressing tends to wilt the lettuce and vegetables, the longer it sits.

    To meal prep this salad, add all of the ingredients except the salad dressing to a mason jar or container. Mix the salad dressing separately and store in the refrigerator. Portion out your desired amount of salad and drizzle on dressing when ready to eat.

    Avocado Chicken Salad: FAQS

    What is in Wendy's Southwest Avocado Salad?

    Wendy's avocado salad contains freshly chopped lettuce, chicken breast, guacamole, diced tomatoes, bacon, shredded pepper Jack cheese and a southwest ranch salad dressing.

    How many calories are in an avocado?

    One medium avocado has 360 calories making it an ideal food for sustaining energy.

    Nutritional information & Macros

    Nutrition Information

    Avocado Chicken Salad

    Servings: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 394
    Fat 30.6g
    Protein 25.8g
    Total Carbs 6.3g
    Net Carbs 2.3g

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