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Chicken Avocado Salad with Honey Mustard

A delicious Chicken Avocado Salad topped with a tangy Honey Mustard Vinaigrette. Great if you are looking for an easy healthy salad to make during the week.

A bowl of salad greens topped with chicken, avocado, pecans, and tomatoes

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!

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Bowl of chicken and avocado salad.

Avocado and Chicken Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing

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  • Author: Krista
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Counter
  • Cuisine: American


This hearty chicken and avocado salad recipe with homemade honey-mustard dressing is an easy 25-minute dinner.



Honey Mustard Dressing:

  • 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons coarse mustard
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons raw honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry thyme
  • 1 garlic, minced
  • salt & pepper

Chicken Avocado Salad

  • 6 cups of green leaf lettuce, chopped
  • 1 lb boneless chicken thighs
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 2 oz. of crumbled goat cheese
  • 1/3 cup of pepitas
  • 1/2 cup of cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cup cucumber, sliced
  • 1/3 cup sliced red onion


Make the Dressing:

  1. To a small bowl, add dijon mustard, coarse mustard, apple cider vinegar, raw honey, thyme, garlic, salt and pepper. Whisk together until smooth and combined. Set aside.

Assemble Salad:

  1. Heat grill to medium-high heat.
  2. Season both sides of chicken thighs with salt and pepper.
  3. Place chicken thighs on the grill and grill each side for 3-4 minutes or until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165°F. Remove from oven and let chicken rest for 5 minutes before slicing it.
  4. To a large bowl add green leaf lettuce, chicken thighs, avocado, goat cheese, pepitas, tomatoes,  cucumber and red onion.
  5. Drizzle the salad with Honey Mustard Dressing and serve.

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22 comments on “Chicken Avocado Salad with Honey Mustard”

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

    Emily @ elizabethjoandesings.com

    1. 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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    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!

    1. 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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    Laura @ The Rookie Cook

    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!

    1. 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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    Cindy Eikenberg

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

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

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    Andi @ The Weary Chef

    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

    1. 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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    Emily Smith // The Best of this Life

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

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

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    Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor

    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.

    1. 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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    Julie @ This Gal Cooks

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

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

    1. 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! 🙂