Avocado Chicken Salad with Asian Citrus Dressing

Anytime I can get my kids to eat salad, like this Avocado Chicken Salad with Asian Citrus Dressing, I must be on to something good!Avocado Chicken Salad with Asian Citrus DressingHi! How was everyone’s weekend???

Highlights of mine included finishing Sharp Objects {very dark, but loved it, and all the other books by Gillian Flynn}, going for a run on a gorgeous day, hanging out with friends,and, maybe the best part, jumping on a trampoline w/ 4 other moms from Big Tex’s baseball team and doing flips!

OK, so I landed on my back, but it was seriously a whole lot of fun!!!

Back to reality though…

I’m trying out a new series here on The Spicy RD…Instameals, inspired by some of my quick and easy recipe posts on Instagram, and hoping to inspire YOU to get creative in the kitchen with what ever fresh seasonal ingredients + healthy pantry staples you have on hand in the kitchen.

I was craving Chinese Chicken Salad the other evening, so based upon what I had on hand, I whipped up this Avocado Chicken Salad with Asian Citrus Dressing, which turned out to be quite delicious!

Believe it or not, although I’ve been cooking since a young age, up until about 6 years ago, when I went on a LEAP elimination diet, eliminated gluten from my diet for good, and was forced to get creative in the kitchen, I had always been a strict recipe follower, envious of those who could whip up a delicious meal out of anything they had on hand {like my kids’ Goddaddy Dan}.

Now working with many clients dealing with similar issues, many who don’t enjoy cooking, simply never really learned how to cook, or maybe enjoy cooking but don’t feel they have enough time/the proper ingredients on hand/etc., I’m hoping to inspire them, and any of you who might feel the same way, to ditch any cooking fears or doubts you might have, and get creative in the kitchen.

I know you can do it!

A few more thoughts about Instameals, then on to the recipe…

These posts are meant to be short but sweet {or often savory like this chicken salad recipe}, photos will most likely be taken with my i phone {enhanced with my favorite Waterlogue app}, and ingredient listings and instructions may be kind of loosey goosey. A pinch of this…a dash of that…substitute with whatever favorite ingredients you have on hand…you get the picture, right? Be creative and come up with your own delicious version based upon your food preferences…any food allergies or intolerances…ingredients growing in your garden or filling up your CSA…cravings of the day…inspire me!!!

Avocado Chicken Salad with Asian Citrus Dressing
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This delicious Asian inspired salad is packed full of nutrients, and is a crowd pleaser for both adults and children alike!
Serves: 4 medium servings, or 3 large servings
  • Asian Citrus Dressing
  • 2 tablespoons high oleic safflower oil, or other neutral MUFA vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce, or gluten-free tamari
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon pure maple syrup
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground ginger
  • Juice from ½ orange
  • Juice from ½ lime
  • Salad
  • Chopped Romaine lettuce and/or Napa cabbage, ~ 6 cups
  • Shredded carrots, ~ 1 cup
  • Shredded purple cabbage, ~ 1 cup
  • Chopped green onions, ~ ½ cup
  • Chopped cilantro, ~ ½ cup
  • 1 avocado, sliced in to 12 sections
  • Grilled or poached chicken, sliced, ~ 1 pound
  • Toasted salted peanuts, ~ ½ cup
  • Optional: sliced Mandarin oranges, bean sprouts, snow peas, edamame
  1. Combine dressing ingredients in a jar, seal and shake well to combine. Set aside or store in the refrigerator until ready to use.
  2. Divide lettuce, chicken, and avocado slices on 4 plates, then place all the other ingredients in small bowls, and let everyone add their own toppings, salad bar style.
  3. Spoon dressing on and serve.
Avocado and Chicken Salad with Asian Citrus Dressing

Nutrition and Cooking Notes…

  • Naturally gluten-free
  • Omit chicken, or sub with tofu, tempeh, or beans for a vegan version
  • For a low FODMAP version, make with lettuce instead of Napa cabbage, omit purple cabbage and green onions, and limit avocado to 1/8 per serving.
  • If you have kids, and they aren’t big salad eaters like mine, I highly recommend you serve this up “salad bar style” so everyone can add their own toppings.  No complaining at the dinner table is always a good thing!

 How would you make this salad your own? What do you think of Instameals? Would you like to see more quick and easy meals? What else would you like to see on The Spicy RD??? 

More Delicious Salad Ideas…

P.S. If you haven’t entered yet, my Pamela’s Gluten-Free Figgies and Jammies Cookie Giveaway is going on until May 4th…enter here!

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  1. Love the Instameals idea!! And yes, if I get my kids to eat salad – it’s a very good (and somewhat surprising thing.) Just recently I started adding more sugar to my salad dressings and ta-dah, the kids ate them. So they would love this dressing…I’ve been craving Asian dressing too – so now we can all be happy thanks to this dressing…on the baby Kale in my garden!

    • So funny about the dressing, b/c other than ranch, my kids prefer to eat their salad {the few times they do} without dressing at all, which seems kid of strange to me. This dressing would be delish on your fresh from the garden baby kale 🙂

  2. I love the idea of Instameals! The salad sounds delicious! The Waterlogue app is cool!

    • Thanks so much Andrea! You should definitely check out the waterlogue app-I especially love it for lnadscape photos and flowers-makes me feel like a real artist 🙂

  3. Clever you! What a good idea for a series. I’ve G+ and Pinned to spread this concept to my connections too. Love the salad and the simple ‘loosey goosey’ instructions. Any videos of the trampling??

  4. This looks so yum – have a feeling I’ll be making it a bit this summer with my CSA haul! Love the idea of your Instameals 🙂

    • Thanks Deanna! This salad would be perfect to experiment with on your CSA haul! you can definitely expect more Instameals from me-thx for the feedback 🙂

  5. Oh wow, what an awesome-looking salad! Love all the different flavors and textures you have in there. YUM! And I read Sharp Objects recently, too, and really liked it – I like all of her books. =)

  6. I love the idea of instameals and am looking forward to seeing what you’re up to in the kitchen!

  7. Great salad, would be nice to take to work.

  8. Love this series idea EA – especially during the lazy days of summer, the no-recipe meal is the way to go!

  9. Lovely idea on the instagram theme following on, cant wait to see more!

    I like the ‘loosey goosey’ instructions! you always make me chuckle and that dressing…oof! I can easily whip up a vegetarian version of this salad and seeing as my husband has returned to the repeated discussions of how he wants to loose weight (tastily)….x

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