Pesto Avocado Chicken Salad

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    You might think I am crazy, but I don’t care for mayonnaise unless it is homemade mayonnaise and I don’t always have the energy for a quick batch of blender mayo. Pesto Avocado Chicken Salad swaps out the heavy mayonnaise for creamy avocado.

    Pesto Avocado Chicken Salad swaps out the heavy mayonnaise for creamy avocado. Pesto adds flavor and lime juice brightens shredded chicken from precooked rotisserie chicken. #healthychickensalad #avocadochickensalad #easychickensalad www.savoryexperiments.com

    Pesto Avocado Chicken Salad swaps out the heavy mayonnaise for creamy avocado. Pesto adds flavor and lime juice brightens shredded chicken from precooked rotisserie chicken.

    It is summer! Time for long sunny days, picnics and spending quality time with family.  I don’t know about where you live, but we somehow missed spring here in Baltimore. It was freezing (literally) one day and the next *BAM* summer had arrived. Not spring to be seen.

    For my summer meals I like to eat on the lighter side and pair the meal with a refreshing drink. Pesto Avocado Chicken Salad and Snapple® Straight Up™ Tea are the ideal combo. 

    Avocado Chicken Salad Recipe - EASY and Healthy! Avocado pesto chicken salad is the perfect no-cook quick meal. No Mayo! www.savoryexperiments.com
    Snapple® Straight Up™ Tea is made with all-natural ingredients and comes with three levels of sweetness. 

    For our summer meals, we also prefer dishes that aren’t labor intensive and keep the house cool. To cut time and heat, I visit my local Giant grocery store and pick up a rotisserie chicken or grilled chicken from the salad bar, getting just enough for Avocado Pesto Chicken Salad. 

    A buttery croissant roll from the bakery makes the ideal bread for a chicken salad sandwich. If you can’t find a fresh croissant, try for brioche or another soft, but hearty, roll.

    Avocado Chicken Salad Recipe - EASY and Healthy! Avocado pesto chicken salad is the perfect no-cook quick meal. No Mayo! www.savoryexperiments.com

    To complete my avocado chicken salad meal, I swing through the beverage aisle for a few bottles of refreshing Snapple® Straight Up™ Tea. Make sure to check out the two new varieties: Sorta Sweet Honey Green Tea and Rooibos.

    Pesto Avocado Chicken Salad cuts out the heavy mayo, making this a lighter version of the classic picnic favorite. Adding fresh lime juice not only gives it flavor, but prevents the avocado from turning brown.

    Pesto Avocado Chicken Salad swaps out the heavy mayonnaise for creamy avocado. Pesto adds flavor and lime juice brightens shredded chicken from precooked rotisserie chicken. #healthychickensalad #avocadochickensalad #easychickensalad www.savoryexperiments.com

    To bring for a picnic or potluck, pack all off the fixings, croissant rolls and avocado pesto chicken salad in separate containers and assemble right before eating. I’ve even rolled mine up in lettuce making a carb and gluten-free version!

    Chicken salad sandwich lettuce wraps! 

    Avocado Chicken Salad Recipe - EASY and Healthy! Avocado pesto chicken salad is the perfect no-cook quick meal. No Mayo! www.savoryexperiments.com

    We hope you enjoy our healthy chicken salad as much as we do! It is an easy recipe, yet so satisfying and flavorful. If easy chicken salad isn’t up your alley, you can also make it into a tuna salad or even use shredded deli turkey.

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    Pesto Avocado Chicken Salad swaps out the heavy mayonnaise for creamy avocado. Pesto adds flavor and lime juice brightens shredded chicken from precooked rotisserie chicken. #healthychickensalad #avocadochickensalad #easychickensalad www.savoryexperiments.com

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    Avocado Chicken Salad Recipe - EASY and Healthy! Avocado pesto chicken salad is the perfect no-cook quick meal. No Mayo! www.savoryexperiments.com
    Pesto Avocado Chicken Salad
    Prep Time
    5 mins
    Total Time
    5 mins
     

    Pesto Avocado Chicken Salad swaps out the heavy mayonnaise for creamy avocado. Pesto adds flavor and lime juice brightens shredded chicken from precooked rotisserie chicken. 

    Course: Main Course, Main Dish
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: chicken salad
    Servings: 2
    Calories: 557 kcal
    Author: Jessica Formicola
    Ingredients
    • 2 ripe avocados
    • 2 tablespoons pesto
    • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
    • 1 cup cooked chicken shredded or chopped
    • Fine sea salt & freshly ground pepper to taste
    • 2 in croissant or brioche rolls cuthalf
    • 2 leafs Boston Bibb lettuce
    • 4 slices vine-ripened tomato
    • 4 red onion rings
    Instructions
    1. In a medium mixing bowl, mash avocado, pesto and lime juice together. Fold in chicken and season with fine sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste.
    2. Load each halved roll with lettuce, tomato and red onion. Generously spoon avocado pesto chicken salad between the two. Top with other half of bread.
    3. If you've tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was! 

    Nutrition Facts
    Pesto Avocado Chicken Salad
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 557 Calories from Fat 405
    % Daily Value*
    Total Fat 45g 69%
    Saturated Fat 8g 40%
    Cholesterol 56mg 19%
    Sodium 220mg 9%
    Potassium 1250mg 36%
    Total Carbohydrates 22g 7%
    Dietary Fiber 14g 56%
    Sugars 3g
    Protein 22g 44%
    Vitamin A 22.1%
    Vitamin C 36.1%
    Calcium 6.2%
    Iron 11.8%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

     

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