Chicken Avocado Salad With Citrus Chipotle Dressing

Chipotle Powder

Chipotle powder is made from just one ingredient: dried, smoked jalapeno peppers. They are then crushed into powder form. For a substitute I suggest smoked paprika which has a smoked earthy flavor similar to chipotle with less heat. Chili powder on the other hand contains a blend of ground red chiles with various spices, like cumin and oregano. In some blends, garlic and salt are also included. When using chili powder, you’d need to pare back on other spices in your recipe to prevent over seasoning.  Chipotle Powder is sold on Amazon.

 

I’m a big lover of salads. and I’m always on the lookout for a new taste combination.  Today’s dish is a green salad with romaine lettuce and some arugula to spice up the flavor.  Add cooked chicken breast, avocado, corn, grape tomatoes and black beans.  Sprinkle it with Feta cheese, drizzle it with Citrus Chipotle Dressing, and serve with crispy tortilla chips.  Yum! Yum! Perfect for lunch or even dinner this summer with the addition of fresh fruit. You can use baked boneless-skinless chicken breasts or left-over chicken from a supermarket rotessorie chicken.  If you need to cook the chicken, use your indoor grill (like George Forman) or cook outside on a grill this summer.

You are in charge of the spices in the dressing. The dressing only uses 1/4 teaspoon of chipotle powder,  but if you can’t handle the spice, leave it out.  Taste and adjust to meet your family’s needs. Not spicy enough? Feel free to adjust and use more chipotle powder or another spice. I suggest you make the dressing ahead of time and let the flavors blend in the refrigerator. For vegetarians, drop the chicken and add a little more beans, corn, and avocado.

 

 

 

 

Chicken Avocado Salad With Citrus Chipotle Dressing

Use organic when available. Makes 2 servings.

 

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Chicken Avocado Salad With Citrus Chipotle Dressing

A main course or great lunch salad for two with chicken breast, avocado, corn, beans, Feta cheese, on mixed greens. The Citrus Chipotle Dressing adds lots of great flavor and a spark of spice.
Course lunch, Main Course, Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword avocado, chicken, chicken and avocado salad, citrus chipotle dressing, salad
Servings 2 servings

Ingredients

Chicken Avocado Salad

  • 2 cups chopped romaine lettuce
  • 1 cup arugula torn into bite-size pieces
  • 1 Haas avocado sliced
  • 1/2 can corn drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 can black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup grape tomatoes halved
  • 1/4 cup Feta cheese
  • 2 cooked chicken breasts (about 6 oz) sliced

Citrus Chipotle Dressing

  • 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 2 tbsp freshly-squeezed lime juice
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp yellow mustard
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped cilantro or 4 tsp dried cilantro
  • 1/4 tsp ground chipotle powder
  • salt and freshly cracked black pepper

Instructions

Chicken Avocado Salad

  • In large bowl combine romaine and arugula
  • Add beans, tomatoes, and corn
  • Pour 4 tablespoons of Citrus Chipotle Dressing over salad
  • Toss salad to coat ingredients
  • Split salad onto 2 plates
  • Top with chicken, avocado, and Feta cheese
  • Serve with tortilla chips

Citrus Chipotle Dressing

  • Place all ingredients in blender or food processor
  • Puree until smooth
  • Taste and adjust flavorings
  • Store in container with lid in refrigerator

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Carol

I was raised in Tennessee but have lived in Florida for many years. Love my small home in the Tampa Bay area and its developing garden. My decorating style is eclectic - some vintage, some cottage, all with a modern flair. Pursuing a healthier lifestyle. Spent many years in social services but am happily retired.

28 thoughts to “Chicken Avocado Salad With Citrus Chipotle Dressing”

    1. I thought of you when I was writing the recipe – increase the avocado and a few more beans for more protein.

  1. This sounds delicious. I had to look up chipotle as I’ve not heard of it before, I wonder what I could use instead. Maybe a normal chilli powder?

    #MMBC

    1. it won’t have the same flavor as chipotle powder – Chipotle powder is made from just one ingredient: dried, smoked jalapeno peppers. They are then crushed into powder form. I suggest smoked paprika which has a smoked earthy flavor similar to chipotle. Chili powder contains a blend of ground red chiles with various spices, like cumin and oregano. In some blends, garlic and salt are also included. When using chili powder, you’d need to pare back on other spices in your recipe to prevent over seasoning.

  2. Oh, this sounds like a must-try recipe! I love chipotle and avocado. I am bookmarking this page. Thank you for sharing, Carole!

  3. Anything with avocado wins me over! Well, food in general wins me over haha.
    I’m going to try this and use paprika as you suggested to Catherine.
    Enjoy the rest of your week Carol. x

    1. I love tender young greens and veggies – or maybe it’s just our mindset when everything is new again.

  4. This Chicken Avocado Salad looks fantastic. I wish that I had one right now. The good thing about that is that it seems pretty easy to make so I can make one soon.

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