Avocado Chicken Salad with Honey Mustard Vinaigrette {Healthy Salad}

by Krista on July 31, 2013 · 22 comments

Avocado Chicken Salad with Honey Mustard Vinaigrette - Healthy Salad

I really don’t know how people can stay on a liquid diet?  The past couple of days I have been craving any and everything with a crunch, especially a light healthy salad.  Eating nothing but soup, yogurt, scrambled eggs, and ice cream after my surgery is not only boring but a major killer. I mean, I’m a girl who likes to cook and eat!  The other factor aiding to my soft food annoyance right now is I don’t like being told what NOT to do. In fact, most of the time when someone tells me NOT to do something you can bet that I will try to do it. Ughh… I want food!

Ok, enough of the pity party for one.  Before my surgery I made this awesome Avocado Chicken Salad.  I had a few extra Cooked Chicken Breasts left over from a get together we had as well as some Roasted Tomatoes from the Caprese Flatbread I made. So, I just combined my leftovers added some avocado {which makes everything better}, made this tangy Honey Mustard vinaigrette and viola… an awesome Healthy Salad.

To get started, mix together 2 Tablespoons of Dijon Mustard and 1 teaspoon of dry basil.

Avocado Chicken Salad 1

Next, add in 4 Tablespoons of Vinegar, 4 Tablespoons of canola oil, and salt & pepper to taste. {this will be tangy from the vinegar, if you want it less tangy add less vinegar}. Whisk together until thickened. Set aside.

Avocado Chicken Salad 2

Time to assemble the salad, place 4 cups of Fresh Spring Mix Blend in a bowl, top with 1 chopped cooked chicken breast, 1 diced avocado, 2 -3 oz. of crumbled goat cheese.

Avocado Chicken Salad 4

Next add 1/3 cup of pecan pieces and 1/2 cup of roasted cherry tomatoes. {to roast tomatoes, place in 400º oven for 20-25 minutes}

Avocado Chicken Salad 5

Drizzle the salad with Honey Mustard Vinaigrette. Enjoy!

Avocado Chicken Salad #healthysalad #lightsalad

Avocado Chicken Salad with Honey Mustard Vinaigrette

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 2 salads

Ingredients

    Dressing:
  • 2 T. dijon mustard
  • 4 T. of vinegar
  • 4 T. canola oil
  • 1 tsp. dry basil
  • salt & pepper
  • 4 cups of fresh spring mix salad
  • 1 cooked chicken breast, chopped
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 2 oz. of crumbled goat cheese
  • 1/3 cup of pecan pieces
  • 1/2 cup of roasted cherry tomatoes

Instructions

  1. For the dressing: Mix together Dijon Mustard, dry basil, vinegar, canola oil, and salt & pepper to taste. {this will be tangy from the vinegar, if you want it less tangy add less vinegar}. Whisk together until thickened. Set aside.
  2. Time to assemble the salad: place Fresh Spring Mix Blend in a bowl, top chopped cooked chicken breast, diced avocado, crumbled goat cheese, pecan pieces, and roasted cherry tomatoes. {to roast tomatoes, place in 400º oven for 20-25 minutes}
  3. Drizzle the salad with Honey Mustard Vinaigrette. Enjoy!
http://www.joyfulhealthyeats.com/avocado-chicken-salad/

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{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

Julie @ This Gal Cooks July 31, 2013 at 7:36 AM

I’m right there with ya. Liquid diet? No way! Are you recovering quickly?

I love this salad. Avocado DOES make everything better. :). Pinned.

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Krista July 31, 2013 at 2:42 PM

Yes, and no. Yes, I’m recovering quickly but not quick enough to eat what I want. Thanks for the pin love and well wishes Julie! :)

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Gina July 31, 2013 at 10:29 AM

That looks gorgeous Krista – my family will love it.

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Krista July 31, 2013 at 2:35 PM

Thanks Gina, I hope they do. The goat cheese and avocado in this are aa-mazing! :)

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Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor July 31, 2013 at 3:04 PM

Hope you are recovering well and will be back to eating crunchy foods soon! This salad has all of my favorites – goat cheese, avocado, pecans and basil.

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Krista August 1, 2013 at 7:31 AM

Thanks so much Ashley, your so sweet! I will be back to full health soon, until then I will “eat” through my pictures. :( hehe.. Your a girl after my own heart, all of my favorites are in here too!

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Emily Smith // The Best of this Life July 31, 2013 at 4:06 PM

What a healthy tasty salad!! Love all the fresh ingredients! Pinning to try it out :)

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Krista August 1, 2013 at 7:29 AM

Thanks so much Emily, definitely leaves you feeling refreshing and not over stuffed. Thanks for the “pin” love! :)

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Andi @ The Weary Chef August 1, 2013 at 12:45 AM

This salad looks so good, but how sad to write about it when you can’t eat real food! How much longer do you have on soft foods only? I hope you are recovered very soon. xoxo

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Krista August 1, 2013 at 7:26 AM

I KNOW! It is quick sad, watching the Foodnetwork and Pinterest are killers! :) Not sure, right now its hard to open my mouth and also hard to put pressure to bit down on food. I got back in for a check up on Monday, so I guess I will find out then. On the bright side, I leave for Mexico in a couple of weeks so I guess i will be in bikini shape.. haha. :)

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Cindy Eikenberg August 1, 2013 at 7:05 AM

Krista, this salad sounds and looks SO good! Hope you are feeling better every day! Pinning and happy Thursday!

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Krista August 1, 2013 at 7:27 AM

Thanks Cindy, your so sweet! I am definitely feeling better every day and love seeing your comments!

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Laura @ The Rookie Cook August 1, 2013 at 10:01 PM

This salad looks tasty! Hope you are recovering quickly so you can eat normal people food :) On the up side, this does mean you can have lots of ice cream!!
Ps. Where did you get that napkin?? I looove it!

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Krista August 2, 2013 at 8:55 AM

haha.. you are so right. In fact, that has been the one good thing about this whole experience. Ice Cream and/or fro-yo! :) Thanks for stopping by Laura, I got it at Marshalls Home goods! Love it!

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lisa@cookingwithcurls August 3, 2013 at 8:39 PM

You rebel you :) I’m the same way, I don’t like being told what to do. I hope you’re feeling better. Have a wonderful week!

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Krista August 3, 2013 at 9:02 PM

haha… my mom use to hate it. She said I just use to look at her and go “no”. :) hehe… I am definitely feeling better, had my first real meal today… definitely a happy girl!

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June August 4, 2013 at 4:33 PM

Love summer salads! These look delicious, especially the first one. Get well soon!

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Krista August 4, 2013 at 10:55 PM

Awww.. thanks so much June! I am a Salad girl… love that crunch and a good dressing .. yum! :) Thanks for stopping by, I hope you have a great rest of the week!

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Linda August 5, 2013 at 10:23 PM

Tis looks great. Thanks for bringing it by Saturday Dishes.

Linda @Tumbleweed Contessa

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Krista August 6, 2013 at 1:04 PM

Thanks so much Linda, thanks for hosting! :)

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Emily August 6, 2013 at 2:20 PM

Looks delicious! I am the same way, when someone tells me not to do something, I do it. Get well soon!

Emily @ elizabethjoandesings.com

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Krista August 8, 2013 at 8:49 AM

haha… shame on us rebels! :) Thanks for stopping by Emily, have a great day!

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