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Fast & Easy Dinner: Chicken Salad With Avocado Dressing

Fast & Easy Dinner: Chicken Salad With Avocado Dressing


With hundreds of varieties and endless combination possibilities, I consider chicken salad to be one of the most versatile dishes around. Tonight's dinner salad consists of grilled, flattened chicken breasts and fresh peppery greens, tossed with a creamy avocado dressing. Bursts of vibrant color come from yellow peppers and cherry red tomatoes. Surprisingly, the smooth dressing comes not from mayonnaise, but from a few tablespoons of cream cheese. Sound tasty? Make it and taste for yourself! Get the recipe, just



Chicken Salad With Spicy Avocado Dressing
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2 skinless chicken breasts, 6 ounces each
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 small yellow pepper, seeded and sliced
2 1⁄2 ounces mixed fresh rocket, spinach and watercress leaves
12 cherry tomatoes, halved
2 spring onions, sliced diagonally
1 tablespoon cilantro leaves, to garnish
For dressing:
1 avocado, peeled, stoned and chopped
Juice and zest of 1 lime
3 tablespoons fromage frais or cream cheese at room temperature
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
1⁄4 teaspoon dried crushed chilli

  1. Put the chicken breasts between 2 sheets of cling film and flatten with the end of rolling pin. Heat a griddle pan and brush with the oil.
  2. Season the chicken with salt and pepper and griddle for about 2-4 minutes each side, until cooked through.
  3. Remove from the pan and set aside.
  4. Add the pepper to the pan and cook for about 5 minutes until tender.
  5. Blend together the ingredients for the dressing and season well.
  6. Peel the pepper slices. Arrange the salad leaves on 2 plates, then add the pepper, tomatoes and spring onions. Spoon over the dressing.
  7. Slice the chicken and place on top of the salad, then sprinkle with cilantro.

Serves 2.

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KiwiLu KiwiLu 8 years
Yum!
KiwiLu KiwiLu 8 years
Yum!
mellafe mellafe 8 years
Haa, this is so weird. That dressing, minus the creeme cheese, that's how we eat avocados all the time here. I mean, smashed with lemon juice, a bit of cilantro and maybe chilli. You put it on bread, and that's how you eat avocados all the time. I like the idea of trying it as a salad dressing, though. And I do adore chicken salad.
mellafe mellafe 8 years
Haa, this is so weird. That dressing, minus the creeme cheese, that's how we eat avocados all the time here. I mean, smashed with lemon juice, a bit of cilantro and maybe chilli. You put it on bread, and that's how you eat avocados all the time. I like the idea of trying it as a salad dressing, though. And I do adore chicken salad.
Leilanic1 Leilanic1 8 years
yum! i love love love avocado and will definitely make this recipe!
AlliJean AlliJean 8 years
sounds good, I think I'd add a little goat cheese :)
betka betka 8 years
I think i would rather use plain yogurt over cream cheese, would give a bit more tang too.Yes Rocket is Arugula, I like Rocket best, sounds much more fun.
betka betka 8 years
I think i would rather use plain yogurt over cream cheese, would give a bit more tang too. Yes Rocket is Arugula, I like Rocket best, sounds much more fun.
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 8 years
oooo this looks tasty! i've never made an avocado dressing before. in fact, i've never made anything with an avocado. first time for everything, i guess.
LuciLu LuciLu 8 years
mmm, this looks delish!
LuciLu LuciLu 8 years
mmm, this looks delish!
ALSW ALSW 8 years
Sounds good! I'm not much for cream cheese, but there's not too much in here...
LaLa0428 LaLa0428 8 years
Yum! I might be able to pull this off without messing it up.
arihm arihm 8 years
rocket is arugula, right? I suppose this is (originally) a british recipe.
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