Quick and Easy Avocado Chicken Salad (Paleo)

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This Avocado Chicken Salad is one of the easiest and healthiest lunch recipes you can make! It’s simple, gluten free, paleo, Whole30 compliant, and free of sugars. Serve it in lettuce cups, on cucumber slices, or over your favorite healthy crackers

photo collage of avocado chicken salad made without mayo

Veggies are our friends, right?

Then why is it sometimes SO HARD to eat more of them?!

If you’re like me, I eat pretty well (not perfect of course), but getting all my servings of veggies each day is a bit of a struggle to be honest.

I don’t do smoothies all the time, and I try to eat salads frequently, but sometimes I need more substance to my salads.

Lunch is the perfect time to squeeze in some extra veggies, just mix your favorites in to this Avocado Chicken Salad! Mixing veggies (and fruit = avocado) into your main lunch dish is an easy way to get those veggies in without having to worry about it too much.

This Avocado Chicken Salad is awesome because 1) it’s paleo and grain-free, 2) is vegetable-loaded, 3) has no eggs and soy often found in conventional mayo-based salads, and 4) is completely satisfying and filling.

This Avocado Chicken Salad is one of the easiest and healthiest lunch recipes you can make! It's simple, gluten free, paleo, Whole30 compliant, and free of sugars. Serve it in lettuce cups, on cucumber slices, or over your favorite healthy crackers | thefitcookie.com #paleo #whole30 #lowcarb

Plus this salad is quick and easy to make, and is super simple. This chicken salad get’s it’s creaminess from avocado, so you don’t have to spend too much on allergy-friendly mayonnaise that can sometimes cost quite a bit.

You can easily make this recipe your very own by adding different vegetables (like chopped peppers, tomatoes, green onions) or you have fun and mix in chopped dried or fresh fruit if you like that sweet and salty taste of chicken salad with fruit.

Easy, affordable, tasty, and healthy – sounds like the perfect lunch to me!

This Avocado Chicken Salad is one of the easiest and healthiest lunch recipes you can make! It's simple, gluten free, paleo, Whole30 compliant, and free of sugars. Serve it in lettuce cups, on cucumber slices, or over your favorite healthy crackers | thefitcookie.com #paleo #whole30 #lowcarb

Why use avocado instead of mayo?

You might be asking yourself why on earth you’d want to us mashed avocado instead of traditional mayo in a chicken salad recipe. Glad you asked πŸ˜‰

  • Avocados have the added benefits of dietary fiber, and mayo has no fiber
  • Avocados are an unprocessed and functional food, which means you are eating the whole thing, and not just parts of it
  • Avocados contain no refined fats, most mayos contain refined oils
  • Avocados are super natural (not supernatural, but almost!). Nothing added to it, avocados are purely natural
  • If you have egg and soy allergies, finding good mayo without these ingredients is hard. But you can avoid allergens by using avocado instead of mayo

Check out our other salad recipes:

Avocado chicken salad in a yellow bowl

Avocado Chicken Salad (Mayo Free)

This Avocado Chicken Salad is one of the easiest and healthiest lunch recipes you can make! It’s simple, gluten free, paleo/Whole30, and free of sugars
Gluten free, Paleo, Whole30; Free of: dairy, eggs, soy, nuts
4.7 from 13 votes
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Course: Lunch, Lunch/Snack, Main Dish, Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: avocado chicken salad, chicken salad, paleo chicken salad
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 207kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/2 medium avocado
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • 1-2 teaspoons course brown mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 dash Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup cooked chicken breast chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped vegetables of choice I used chopped radishes, carrots, and purple cabbage in mine

Instructions

  • In a small bowl, mash the avocado with the lime juice and mix in the brown mustard, garlic powder, and salt and pepper.
  • Mix in the chopped chicken breast and chopped veggies.
  • Serve on your favorite bread, crackers, or vegetables.
  • Enjoy!

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Notes

If you need to store this in the fridge, keep the avocado seed in the container with the salad. The avocado seed helps to slow browning and oxidation of the avocado! This works for any avocado-based foods, like guacamoleΒ 

Nutrition

Calories: 207kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 59mg | Sodium: 111mg | Potassium: 514mg | Fiber: 3g | Vitamin A: 185IU | Vitamin C: 31.4mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1.3mg
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30 thoughts on “Quick and Easy Avocado Chicken Salad (Paleo)”

  1. 5 stars
    Loved this recipe. I used chopped broccoli, cauliflower and carrots I had on hand and threw in some minced chives. Also used spicy brown mustard as that is what I had. Perfect. No need for any dairy in this recipe the avocado and mustard emulsify beautifully to hold this salad together. Definitely a winner I will be making more frequently.

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    • Hi Mazza! I used just a plain brown course mustard, most likely a store brand. Course brown mustard is what I prefer personally, but you can use any mustard you like in this recipe.

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  2. 4 stars
    I mixed with chopped walnuts, carrots & diced apple. Needs seasoning such as cumin, onion powder. I sprinkled with paprika and hot sauce before serving on open-faced slider buns. Would benefit from fresh herbs such as parsley. Will definitely make again, would be a nice hors d’oeuvre served with crackers or on sliced baguette.

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  3. Hello πŸ™‚ I have some ripe avocados at home and I was looking for healthy recipes with avocados!!!! And I found yours!!!! I’ve printed the recipe and I’m going shopping for the other ingredients πŸ™‚ Thank you!

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  4. 5 stars
    Made this for lunch today – yummy! It is really delicious! (I ate it on crackers and used lemon juice instead of lime. I put in a carrot, a piece of red bell pepper and a tomato.) Loved it, thank you so much πŸ™‚

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  5. Yay – I am eliminating gluten, eggs, soy from my diet for a few weeks so this is totally appropriate right now. I was not looking forward to this but seeing the photo of the chicken salad on cucumber rounds looks amazing. I may also try it as a wrap in lettuce leaves.
    Thank you for this recipe.

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  6. 5 stars
    I just made this, with red onion and cucumber on wheat crackers and it was absolutely delicious! Thank you for this tasty, healthy, and easy recipe!

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