Avocado Chicken Salad
This fresh take on chicken salad has Spring written all over it. Cool, crisp cucumbers, chunks of rich avocado, a bit of creamy mayonnaise, the bright flavor of lime, a sprinkle of green onion and cilantro, and the smoky taste of bacon take this hearty and low carb avocado chicken salad to the next level. I ate this straight out of the bowl as a salad and also stuffed into a pita pocket for a sandwich. A serving is hearty and filling without feeling heavy – perfect for Spring!
I am generally not a big mayonnaise fan, so I’ve been meaning to try making chicken salad with avocado. I still used a bit of mayonnaise, but adding rich, creamy avocado means you can use less. I started with a great recipe from Kalyn’s Kitchen and decided to add cucumber to fill it out with a little crunch and bacon for a salty, smoky twist to all the fresh flavors. The results were a big success and whether you make this to take for lunches or bring it to a Spring potluck, it’s sure to be a hit.
Avocado Chicken Salad
Yield: Yields 4 (1 cup) servings
- 4 slices center cut bacon
- 1 medium avocado, cubed
- 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
- 2 cups cubed cooked skinless chicken breast
- ½ a medium cucumber, diced
- 2 tablespoons low fat mayonnaise (I used Hellmann’s low fat)
- 2-3 tablespoons minced cilantro
- 2 scallions (greens only)
- Cook the bacon according to package instructions and then lay on paper towels to drain. When cooled, crumble the bacon into small pieces.
- Combine the avocado chunks and lime juice in a large mixing bowl and gently stir to coat. Add the chicken, cucumber, mayonnaise, cilantro and scallions stir gently (so as not to mash the avocado) until well mixed.
MyWW SmartPoints per (1 cup) serving: (SP calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)
Green: 5 SmartPoints/ Blue: 4 SmartPoints/ Purple: 4 SmartPoints
Weight Watchers Points Plus:
6 per (1 cup) serving (P+ calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)
231 calories, 7 g carbs, 1 g sugars, 12 g fat, 3 g saturated fat, 25 g protein, 4 g fiber (from myfitnesspal.com)
Adapted from Kalyn’s Kitchen