Whip up this healthy Strawberry Avocado Chicken Salad with the help of rotisserie chicken & fresh seasonal strawberries. It’s quick & easy and perfect for lunch or dinner.
Here in Florida we still have strawberries by the carton-full on sale in our stores. They are so sweet and delicious now that you can make anything with them and it will be fantastic! I have made pancakes & waffles with strawberry topping, yogurt parfaits for breakfast and dessert, smoothies, strawberry shortcakes, breads & muffins, strawberry lemonade and, even easier, just popped them in my mouth for a quick pick-me-up.
This recipe today is quick and easy and full of lean protein, vitamins, minerals and healthy fat. It is hard to go wrong with a salad that has a mix of everyone’s favorite fruits, vegetables and nuts. And buying a rotisserie chicken cuts down on the time substantially and lets you get it on the table in less than 30 minutes. What mom wouldn’t love that?
All you need to do is chop the chicken and slice the strawberries, cucumber and bell pepper. Then mix with greens and goat cheese and, just before serving top, with sliced avocado, candied almonds and your favorite vinaigrette. I love the flavor that raspberry vinaigrette adds to the freshness of the salad but really any nice light dressing will work. The bacon, which can be sprinkled on top, is totally optional but it gives the salad a little salty taste which is a nice addition to the sweet.
This really is the perfect salad for summer! Enjoy!
Whip up this healthy Strawberry Avocado Chicken Salad with the help of rotisserie chicken & fresh seasonal strawberries. It's quick & easy and perfect for lunch or dinner.
- 4-5 handfuls mixed greens
- 5 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
- 3/4 cup cucumber, chopped
- 1/2 cup yellow bell pepper, chopped
- 1-1/2 cups cooked chicken, chopped (I used a rotisserie chicken or you can use leftover chicken or turkey)
- 1-1/2 cups fresh strawberries, sliced
- 1 avocado, chopped
- 1/3 cup goat, feta or blue cheese
- 1/3 cup slivered almonds, candied (see note)
- Favorite raspberry vinaigrette or your own fantastic dressing
Place the greens in a bowl.
Top with remaining ingredients. Toss well.
Serve with your favorite dressing on the side.
Best if served immediately.
To candy almonds, place 1 tablespoon brown sugar in a small skillet. Heat until sugar begins to melt, add almonds and toss to coat. Cook until nuts are lightly toasted. At this point you can sprinkle a little cayenne pepper on them if you like a spicier taste. Pour the nuts onto a greased cookie sheet or parchment paper and allow to cool. Once hardened, break into pieces.
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