Easy Summer Meals: Chicken Avocado Salad

Chicken Avocado Salad
Finding truly easy recipes can be more challenging that I’d expect. Sometimes, I’ll be reading a “Quick and simple” recipe that cheerfully informs me that it has only an hour and a half of prep time. Which is great, but I’ll be sitting there thinking, “I haven’t even had time to shower today, and you want me to spend half an hour chopping asparagus?” So, I thought it would be only appropriate to share some of my “No-brainer” recipes on here. When I say quick…I mean really quick!

The chicken avocado salad which I’m about to share with you is great because it’s simple, full of veggies, and ideal for hot summer days when you really don’t want to turn on the oven. I will also be sharing hints on how to make a big batch ahead of time so that you’ve got salad ready to go all week – summer always seems to be crazy, so if you’re looking for a quick option to serve your family on hectic evening that doesn’t involve a trip through the drive-thru, this might help.

Chicken Avocado Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 package of boneless, skinless chicken breasts, boiled
  • 1 head of lettuce
  • 1 jalapeño
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 package of grape tomatoes
  • 1 packet of hemp seeds
  • Salad dressing

Instructions

  • Chop lettuce head and add finely chopped jalapeño and red onion to taste. Top with chunks of avocado, grape tomatoes, and chopped chicken. Finish with a sprinkling of hemp seeds and your favorite salad dressing.
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How to Make This Salad in Bulk & Save Time

As I mentioned above, I make a big batch of this salad all at once so that Jai and I have an easy meal we can grab all week. Here’s how I keep the salad fresh while cutting down on prep time:

Make-ahead salad
Chop 1 head of lettuce with thinly sliced red onion and finely copped Jalapeño. Store in a stockpot and you’ll have fresh, pre-made salad all week.

Preparing avocado
Chop your avocado in half and pre-slice the fruit so it is ready to scoop out; place the halves on top of one another and store in a Ziploc bag.

Boiled chicken breasts
Boil 1 package of boneless, skinless chicken breasts, then cut them into roughly 2 oz pieces, just like the ones above. Store in a Ziploc bag, and you’ll have perfectly portioned chicken for salads during the week.

When you’re ready to eat, just grab your stockpot full of salad and dish up a plate. Top it with one of your chicken portions – you can tear or chop it up on your plate – then add avocado and a few grape tomatoes; I store a container of pre-washed tomatoes in my fridge so they’re all ready to go. Top it off with a sprinkling of hemp seeds and dressing. Done!

Nutrisystem-Friendly: This salad is great if you’re following the Nutrisystem program – I chop each chicken breast into 2 oz pieces since that’s equal to one PowerFuel on the plan. Then I can just grab one out of the bag and know that it’s already been weighed and is ready to go. 1 tablespoon of both avocado and salad dressing count as a limited “Extra”; I’m not sure about the hemp seeds, but I personally treat them as an extra just like sesame seeds – you could easily omit them, however. I’d highly recommend trying this salad with your lunch, especially if you’re just starting Nutrisystem, since it’s so tasty and you can really bulk it up with veggies to fill yourself up.

So there you have it: One of my go-to, easy summer meals. What simple recipes do you like to make during this time of year?

Beeb Ashcroft

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10 thoughts on “Easy Summer Meals: Chicken Avocado Salad

  1. This is the first time I have heard about using a stock pot for the lettuce. Tomorrow I will cut up my lettuce and put it in the stock pot.

  2. I do this same thing except that the lettuce is stored in a gallon zip lock bag with a paper towel. I squeeze out as much air as I can without smashing the lettuce. It stays fresh a long time like that

  3. Thanks for your comments, guys! I love Ziploc bags for this, too – I think the paper towel idea that Karen suggested is a good tip – I bought special produce freshness bags a while ago and the instructions on those mentioned using a paper towel, too.

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