This creamy delicious Venezuelan avocado chicken salad gets its creaminess from mashed avocados and its vibrant latin flavors from lime juice, garlic and cilantro. A fantastic chicken salad recipe without mayo and dairy-free.
This avocado chicken salad recipe was originally designed to be the stuffing for a beloved Venezuelan dish called reina pepiada: Venezuelan arepas with chicken avocado salad. Arepas are gluten-free corn cakes, eaten in Venezuela instead of bread.
I learned the arepas recipe from my Venezuelan friend Sonia. Though I adore this chicken salad sandwiched between delicious corn cakes, warm from the oven, I also find myself making the avocado chicken salad on its own often. I love to scoop onto a simple salad for lunch or to roll up in a wrap or make a a sandwich out of it.
It's great to have a delicious healthy chicken salad recipe in the repertoire.
Let's make Venezuelan Avocado Chicken Salad!
This recipe comes together quickly, especially easy if you use left over chicken.
- In a large bowl mash the the flesh of two ripe avocados with the lime juice.
- Add the rest of the ingredients: shredded chicken, bell pepper, onion, cilantro, jalapeño, and garlic. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. That's all there is to it.
You can adjust the amount of tanginess and heat by adding more lime juice and jalapeño.
Over the years I've adapted Sonia's recipe just a bit. The original recipe had mayonnaise in addition to avocados. I discovered that if I have perfectly ripe avocados to mash up for the dressing, mayo isn't necessary.
Avocados have all the creaminess of mayo and they add a wonderful sweet and nutty avocado flavor to the mix, and avocados are highly nutritious, rich in vitamins, potassium and heart-healthy monounsaturated fat.
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