Creamy Chicken Avocado and Goat Cheese Salad

Here’s a quick and easy salad that I put together shortly before Lent.

I don’t think that I’ve invented anything here, you’ll find that this is a fairly classic flavor combination, very “Waldorf-like”, but hey, it’s a classic that truly works, so why not?

Plus, I find this is an extremely convenient way to use up leftover chicken, instead of having the usual Hot Chicken Sandwich, or Chicken Fried Rice…

Don’t know about you, but they both used to be classics in this household.

Well, not anymore!

Oh, not that they are not healthy, far from there. Trust me, there are ways to turn these two classic dishes into extremely healthy meals.

It’s just that, you know, my brain is like “past that” now, and it would probably be insulted if I asked it to make a simple Chicken Fried Rice!  ‘Cos, you know, he’s an “artiste”, now, he creates things…  So he thinks he’s this real big shot or something.

Yeah… soon it might even request to start signing autographs! I better keep a close eye on it! ;)

Well, you know what? I might very well coax it into creating these two very dishes for me.

A “super duper healthy” Hot Chicken Sandwich and a “do your body good” Chicken Fried Rice.

But hey, if you have leftover chicken in the fridge right now and are wondering what to do with it, well, this salad right here would be a very good option!

It comes together in no time at all and it’s extremely tasty and satisfying.

This salad is the union of a million different textures and flavors. Alright, maybe not a million, but still… It’s creamy, it’s crunchy, it’s sweet, tender, crispy and tangy, all at once.

It definitely is what I call a good eating experience!

Now all of a sudden, I want to be eating this salad again… like now!

Too bad I can’t have chicken for another 4 weeks!

CREAMY AVOCADO, CHICKEN AND GOAT CHEESE SALAD

INGREDIENTS

(Serves 2)

  • 200g leftover cooked chicken breasts, cut into 1″ cubes
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 25-30 red grapes, cut in half
  • 1 red apple, diced
  • 1 celery rib, sliced
  • 1 small endive, shredded
  • 30g pecans, chopped
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh rosemary, chopped

Dressing

  • ½ cup 0% fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 50g goat cheese
  • 2 tbsp  unsweetened soy milk (or other milk of your choice)
  • 1 tbsp unpasteurized honey
  • ½ tsp pure vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper

 DIRECTIONS

  1. In a large mixing bowl, add all the ingredients of the salad and mix delicately until the ingredients are well distributed.
  2. Add all the ingredients of the vinaigrette in a mini blender or food processor, and process until smooth and creamy.
  3. Pour vinaigrette over salad and toss delicately, until well combined.
  4. Serve immediately

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Comments

  1. Joann says

    You had me at avocado but you really sealed the deal with goat cheese! I’ll definitely be trying this one. Avocado and goat cheese together is one of my favorite combos.

  2. Charlie says

    Morning Sonia!

    Very, very nice. The pictures are mouth watering.

    I want to be eating this now. I don’t care if it is breakfast time. This looks so good!

    • says

      Oh, that waldorf salad does look good! And I’ve been on this Kale kick lately… I get the feeling that I’ll be giving it a try fairly soon, especially since I crave my version with chicken so bad but can’t have chicken for the time being. This should help calm my craving, hopefully! Thanks for the link, Rosemary, I truly appreciate that! :)

    • says

      Thank you Mellissa! Say, are you off the low carb thing now or is this salad compliant with your restrictions? I would guess that it would be way too high in carbs, since there are a lot of fruits in it… so you must be done. I think I’m way overdue for a visit to your blog! And I can tell you that this salad IS good. I rarely get a craving for something that I post about, but I am telling you, as I was writing this post yesterday, I just wanted to eat this… BAD! And I still do… ;)

    • says

      Funny you should ask, I was trying to find of a vegetarian alternative… I was thinking tofu cubes, but I guess tuna would work. I would definitely go with the light, chunk variety. As for shrimp… I guess they could also do the trick. I think I would go with the cooked and thawed variety and would stay away from canned, though. It would be a better match. I really like your ideas and might very well end up giving them a try myself! :) Thanks for the inspiration!

    • says

      Hey, there’s plenty of vegetarian recipes to come, Jill, seeing as how I won’t be eating meat for the next 4 weeks still (although I do eat fish and seafood, so technically not vegetarian, but pescetarian, if I read your entry correctly!)

      I don’t think I could ever do completely vegetarian… not that I couldn’t do without the meat, it’s just the sources of protein that I would find a bit too scarce if I was to completely rule poultry out. I don’t eat much of any other kinds of meat though! I think I’m more the clean eater type. That’s what best fits my definition of healthy.

      Have to go and read up on your clean eating challenge! :)

      Hey, and thanks for pinning my recipes. Always an honor to see my pictures in your boards! :)

  3. says

    I see that this is a chicken recipe realized I linked and commented on the wrong recipe. No worries. If vegetarian isn’t right for me I’m trying this recipe too :)

    • says

      Fattening? Not at all! Now what would give you such an impression, if I may ask? The only sources of fat come from the avocado, which is extremely good for you, nuts and goat cheese. All good stuff, and nothing “fattening” there. ;)

  4. says

    I love love love chicken salad with pecans, apples, grapes, celery and rosemary – I make this often but I haven’t added avocado or goat cheese, I’ve got to give this one a try! It’s looks SOOOO creamy and filling but light at the same time :) Love it!

    • says

      Avocado and goat cheese go so well together! You have to give them a try! It’s another match made in heaven, I swear. Wonder if I could turn this into a smoothie? ;)

      Glad you like the salad, Nora. It would be a good one for you with your busy schedule of the late! :D

  5. Joann says

    I agree on the avocado and goat cheese and I love your smoothie idea!! My favorite smoothie right now has avocado and mango as a base…but I would love to see what you come up with! You always add things that are so good but for some reason I don’t think to add myself!

    • says

      Whoa, glad you like the smoothie idea, I thought for sure I was way out there with that one. ;) But I’m definitely curious and will have to give it a try! Avocado mango smoothie sounds delicious! Do you have a recipe to share?

  6. Joann says

    If the chicken was included in the smoothie recipe I would leave that out but everything else I think would go well in a smoothie. I just kind of wing it when I make my own smoothies so I don’t really measure but I usually use 1/2 avocado, some frozen mango, Chobani yogurt (either plain or vanilla), Almond Milk or Breeze Almond-Coconut Milk (whichever I have at the moment), Spinach and either chia seeds or flaxseed meal (two ingredients you introduced me too and I have incorporated into my own smoothies – thank you!) The last couple days I have added cucumber to it and I feel like it just gives it a clean taste. I also don’t add ice to my smoothies…the frozen mango is enough for me but it might not be the right texture for everyone. I’m sure you can improve on this and I will happily steal any of your ideas to use in my own kitchen…haha!!

    • says

      LOL, I think if I included the chicken in the smoothie, I would lose half my followers instantly! ;) People would think I totally lost it this time! Love, love, love your ideas, though. Cucumber must add so much freshness indeed. Mango cucumber! I soooo have to do this. Oh, how I love smoothies. The possibilities are just endless. I could write an entire recipe book dedicated to smoothies.

      Real glad to have introduced you to flaxseed and chia seeds. They are fantastic additions to your daily diet! :)

      And hey, feel free to steal any of my ideas! The more people steal them, the happier I am! That is, after all, the whole purpose of this place’s existence. And thanks for being a part of it!

  7. Maria says

    Great recipe! I “studentified” it a bit, and made it with chicken, avocado, celery and green apples. The dressing was yogurt and cottage cheese (goat cheese is too expensive), with a bit of chilli sauce and mustard. Fantastic! :)

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