Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Mango Avocado Chicken Salad

Mango Avocado Chicken Salad

Now that I'm pregnant with the 3rd baby I've been wanting avocado this salad is amazing!!  I made the dressing in a larger batch so I would have it all week.

Benefits of avocados?

Add avocado to your diet to promote cardiovascular health. Avocado comes packed with unsaturated fatty acids, and these fats have a beneficial effect on your blood cholesterol levels, which helps stave off heart disease. The fiber found in avocados also lowers your blood cholesterol, and its potassium content combats high blood pressure.

Also great for your hair, skin, and nails

Avocados serve as good sources of vitamin K and vitamin B-9, and these nutrients benefit your blood cells. Your body relies on vitamin B-9 to make red blood cells -- the concave cells that carry oxygen to tissues throughout your body and give your blood its color. Vitamin K affects the function of platelets, the small blood cells responsible for forming blood clots.
Mango Avocado Chicken Salad

    For the Avocado Dressing
  • 1 ripe  avocado
  • 1 lime, zested and juiced
  • 1 green onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled
  • 1/4-1/2 cup cilantro
  • 1/4 cup non-fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 small jalapeno, seeded
  • Water
  • For the Salad
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 chicken breast
  • 1 Tablespoon blackened seasoning
  • 1 ripe mango, peeled and cubed
  • 1/2 cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 cup sliced red onion
  • 4 cups Spring Salad Mix
  1. For the dressing, add all the ingredients except the water to a blender.
  2. With the blender going, slowly drizzle in the water until a thick, creamy, consistency is reached. Set Aside.
  3. Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.
  4. Season both sides of the chicken breast with the blackened seasoning, making sure it is fully coated.
  5. Cook for about 4-5 minutes on each side, until fully cooked through. Remove and let it rest for 3-4 minutes. Then slice it or cube it up.
  6. TO make Two salads, Assemble, starting with the spring lettuce mix, the cubed mango, red onion, and grape tomatoes.
  7. Place some chicken on top of each and drizzle on your desired amount of dressing!

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