Recipe | "Chicken Mango Avocado Salad" by Sue Ready

Cook's Notes: A light healthy salad to beat the heat.The combination of sweet, savory and tangy ingredients make this a refreshing and memorable summer salad and the honey vinaigrette couldn’t be easier! I used a combination of torn baby spinach leaves mixed with 2 cups from a bag of chopped salad mixture that included kale to add more nutrients. Chopped mango and creamy avocado pieces elevated this chicken salad to a whole new level. Grilling the chicken and making the dressing early in the day before serving is a time saver. The honey vinaigrette dressing is enough for 4 salads. Recipe adapted from and is a Cheesecake Factory copycat recipe.

Salad Ingredients:

  • 2 large chicken breasts, grilled and sliced diagonally into strips 
  • 2 cups torn baby spinach leaves
  • 2 cups chopped salad mixture for a bag found in produce 
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup English cucumber sliced
  • 1 mango pitted, peeled and diced
  • 1 avocado pitted, peeled and diced
  • 3/4 cup purple onions, thinly sliced
  • Optional 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds, toasted, for topping

Honey Vinaigrette Dressing Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 TB. apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 3 tsp. honey
  • 1 garlic clove 1 tsp minced
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper 
Salad Directions:
  • Grill or bake chicken and refrigerate. 
  • In a large salad bowl, add chopped greens, diced chicken strips, tomatoes, cucumbers, mango and avocado pieces and 1/4 cup chopped cilantro if using. 
Honey Vinaigrette Dressing Directions:
  • Combine the Honey Vinaigrette Dressing ingredients in blender. Mix well and taste test to balance ingredients. If not using dressing right away, refrigerate and shake well just before serving. 
  • Drizzle the salad dressing over the chicken mango avocado salad.

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