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Chicken Salad with Avocado Cranberries & Walnuts

Chicken salad with avocado cranberry and walnut recipe – creamy delicious and flavorful. This avocado chicken salad uses simple ingredients like cooked chicken breast, avocado, cranberries, walnuts and celery root tossed with creamy mayonnaise or you can opt for an avocado dressing for mayo free version.

Avocado chicken salad with cranberry walnuts celery root, red onion and mayo.

Chicken Salad With Avocado

Making this chicken salad with avocado is so effortlessly easy and can be prepared in advance! It can be customized to your liking and enjoyed for picnics, holiday potlucks, quick lunches or dinners.

This chicken avocado salad features a combination of tender chicken meat, chewy sweet cranberries, toasted walnuts, creamy avocado, crisp celery root and sweet red onions, tossed with homemade mayonnaise and a pinch of lemon juice to brighten up the flavor. For those who prefer to avoid mayo, you can use a creamy mayo like avocado dressing which is also dairy free.

This chicken salad has a well-rounded taste is loaded with texture! It’s creamy, crunchy, savory, sweet, salty, slightly tart and addictive.

Avocado chicken salad with cranberry walnut recipe.

If you love creamy salads for easy meals, you’ll want to try this Olivier Salad (Russian Potato Salad) with a creamy dairy free mayo like dressing or this Creamy Vegan Chickpea Salad.

Another way you could enjoy a chicken side dish recipe are these thin sliced Italian inspired chicken cutlets. And if you have leftovers, they will work great for a chicken salad as well.

Ingredients For Chicken Avocado Salad

  • Cooked chicken breast – poached or roasted, or other chicken leftover meat
  • Avocado – will provide a slightly nutty / buttery taste.
  • Dried cranberries – for sweetness and chewiness.
  • Walnuts – add crunch. Pecans, pistachios, pumpkin seeds, almonds or peanuts will also work.
  • Celery root (celeriac) – it has a creamier and less pungent flavor than the celery stalks themselves.
  • Red onion – or scallions.
  • Lemon juice – the tanginess will round up the flavor.
  • Mayonnaise – I used a quick homemade mayonnaise recipe that uses egg, avocado oil, mustard, vinegar, lemon and salt – ready in 1 minute. Or use a creamy avocado dressing.
  • Apple – optional as an extra ingredient for a crisp sweet taste. Honeycrisp, Fuji, Pink Lady, Granny Smith and Empire are great in salads.

Find the complete printable recipe with measurements below.

The Best Chicken Meat For Making A Chicken Salad

A mix of chicken thighs and chicken breast. The combination of dark and white meat helps with texture and flavor but you can use whatever you prefer, it not really a big difference.

Quality: don’t use old tough overcooked meat. Poached meat or leftovers from a previous roast work the best. Poaching the chicken keeps it moist, so you’ll need less dressing to bind the chicken salad. Or use a rotisserie chicken as the last resort.

How To Make The Chicken Salad With Avocado

1. Prepare The Ingredients

  • Chop the cooked chicken with a knife, I like cubes. You can also shred the chicken into bite-size pieces using two forks or your fingers.
  • Also chop the onion, avocado and walnuts. Grate the celery root for a finer texture, it’s easier to chew this way and it will not release any extra liquid as the celery stalks do.
  • Prepare the mayonnaise or use a healthy store-bought version. I used a quick homemade mayonnaise recipe that uses egg, avocado oil, mustard, vinegar, lemon and salt – ready in 1 minute.

2. Assemble The Chicken Avocado Salad

  • Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Scoop the mayo over the chicken salad and stir to combine, making sure its thoroughly coated with the mayo.
  • Serve the avocado chicken salad on its own, on top of a bed of greens, or even sandwiched between two hamburger buns.

What Can You Eat With Chicken Salad

  1. A tortilla. Transform this chicken salad with avocado intro a wrap. I usually use my soft gluten free tortillas.
  2. On top of potato fritters or other veggie fritters.
  3. A part of a poke bowl.
  4. With a regular burger bun or a gluten free sourdough bun.
  5. As crepe crepe filling.
  6. On a slice of sourdough bread.
  7. For lower-carb option, serve with lettuce as wraps or with a green salad.

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Easy & Quick / Prep Tip

  • Use a food chopper (pulsing) or a stand mixer (with the paddle) to shred the chicken in just 1 minute. If you prefer larger cubes, use a knife.
  • To avoid the browning of avocado, squeeze the lemon juice over the cut avocado cubes, give it a mix then add to rest of ingredients.

Make The Avocado Chicken Salad In Advance

Allowing the flavors to meld is the key. That’s why if I’m planning on eating the chicken avocado salad on the day I make it, I’ll prepare it at lunch so it can sit and build the flavors until dinner, or make it a day ahead.

Chicken Salad Variations & Add-ins

  • Turn this chicken salad with avocado into a more substantial dish by adding boiled eggs.
  • Use other dried fruits, like raisins, chopped prunes or cherries.
  • No celery root, use the celery stalks or some shredded cabbage.
  • Add chopped fresh apple for a crisp sweet taste.
Chicken salad with avocado cranberries walnuts celery onion and mayo.

How To Store The Avocado Chicken Salad

Storing leftovers: Refrigerate the chicken avocado salad for up to 3 days in an airtight container.

Can you freeze the chicken salad with avocado? Do not freeze it, especially if you’ve used mayo. Mayo doesn’t freeze well and tends to separate once it has thawed.

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Chicken Salad With Avocado Cranberry and Walnut Recipe

Chicken salad with avocado cranberry and walnut recipe – creamy delicious and flavorful. This avocado chicken salad uses simple ingredients like cooked chicken breast, avocado, cranberries, walnuts and celery root tossed with creamy mayonnaise or you can opt for an avocado dressing for mayo free version.
Prep Time15 mins
Assemble Time5 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Salad
Cuisine: Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Paleo
Servings: 4.5 cups
Calories: 589kcal
Author: HealthyTasteOfLife
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Ingredients
 

  • 1 large cooked chicken breast - poached or roasted, or other chicken leftover meat
  • 1 large avocado
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 3/4 cup walnuts - chopped
  • 1 cup celery root (celeriac) - grated
  • 1/2 medium red onion - or scallions
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise - or avocado dressing
  • 1 medium apple - optional as an extra ingredient

Instructions
 

Prepare The Ingredients

  • Chop the cooked chicken with a knife, I like cubes. You can also shred the chicken into bite-size pieces using two forks or your fingers.
  • Also chop the onion, avocado and walnuts. Grate the celery root for a finer texture, it's easier to chew this way and it will not release any extra liquid as the celery stalks do.
  • Prepare the mayonnaise or use a healthy store-bought version. I used a quick homemade mayonnaise recipe that uses egg, avocado oil, mustard, vinegar, lemon and salt – ready in 1 minute.

Assemble The Chicken Avocado Salad

  • Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Scoop the mayo over the chicken salad and stir to combine, making sure its thoroughly coated with the mayo.
  • Serve the avocado chicken salad on its own, on top of a bed of greens, or even sandwiched between two hamburger buns.

Notes

 

Tips For Making Chicken Salad With Avocado Walnuts And Cranberries

  • For those who prefer to avoid mayo, you can use a creamy mayo like avocado dressing which is also dairy free.
  • To soften the dried fruits, soak in warm water for 15 minutes before adding to the salad. Pat dry, make sure they don’t have water inside.
  • Garnish with chopped greens: dill or parsley.
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Nutrition

Serving: 1.2cup | Calories: 589kcal | Carbohydrates: 28.45g | Protein: 20.53g | Fat: 44.18g | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 12.5g | Vitamin A: 169IU | Vitamin C: 10.5mg | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 1.88mg

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