Fresh Mexican Avocado Salad

This healthy Mexican avocado salad recipe brings together chicken, avocado and Mexican spices for a delicious entree that makes a great lunch or supper!

Mexican Avocado Salad

Mexican Avocado Salad

Course Salad
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 3
Calories 487 kcal

Ingredients
  

Lime Dressing /Marinade:

  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced (1 tsp)
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper

Chicken:

  • 14 oz boneless skinless chicken breast
  • ½ tsp chipotle powder
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • ¼ tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Salsa:

  • ¾ cup frozen corn, thawed
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • ½ red onion, finely chopped

Salad:

  • 1 tsp dried cilantro
  • 5 cups romaine lettuce, cut into bite-sized pieces

Instructions
 

  • Place lime dressing ingredients in a small jar and shake to mix.
  • Put 2 tbsp dressing in a sealable sandwich bag. Add chipotle, oregano and cumin. Shake bag to mix and add chicken. Marinade overnight.
  • Heat 1 tbsp oil in a skillet over medium-low heat. Cook chicken until it reaches an internal temperature of 160͒, about 4 minutes on each side. Let rest for 5 minutes and slice.
  • Add 1 tbsp cilantro to dressing and shake to mix.
  • Place corn, avocado, tomato and onion in a bowl. Add remaining cilantro, half of remaining dressing and toss to coat.
  • Place lettuce in a bowl and toss with remaining dressing. Top with salsa and sliced chicken.
  • Hack: If you plan to eat this over several days, do not assemble salad until ready to eat. Put serving-size portions of salsa in sealable sandwich bags and squeeze out as much air as possible before sealing. Put the bags in a covered container. The absence of air and light will keep the avocado from browning.
  • Hack: To keep lettuce romaine lettuce fresh longer, separate leaves and wash. Dry in a salad spinner or with paper towels. Place lettuce leaves in a sealable plastic bag or container with paper towels between each layer to absorb moisture. Replace paper towels if they become soggy.
  • Hack: Shop the salad bar if you just need a small amount of an item that you don’t think you’ll use again before it “goes over”.
Keyword avocado, chicken, entree salad, gluten-free, lime marinade, lime salad dressing, low carb, Mexican, salad, salad greens, salsa

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Suggestion:  Garlic herb focaccia bread would pair nicely with this salad!

 

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4 Replies to “Fresh Mexican Avocado Salad”

  1. Now this sounds yummy. I could have prepared this meal for my family during Christmas if I had known about it. Oh well, next time. I will be sure to bookmark this article as I would most certainly want to try it out. Thank you for such a lovely review.

    1. This salad would certainly be a great idea to serve for a holiday meal as so much of it can be done in advance but I’m sure you’re going to love it no matter when you give it a try!  

  2. Dear Cynthia,

    This sounds delicious, even just reading this article makes me want to try this out!

    I honestly don’t like avocado by itself, so making it into a salad or even guacamole is a splendid idea!

    The way you said the recipe seems to be precise and well put together considering the measurements needed also.

    ~Angelina

    1. Thank you for your kind comments.  The beauty of cooking at home is that you can make any adjustments you want. You can top your salad with guacamole or skip the avocado altogether.  Almonds or pistachios would be a great substitute!  Please let me know what you decided to do and how you liked it.

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