This weekend was my last weekend at home before heading to LaCrosse for another audition rotation (Aren’t auditions supposed to go away after high school musical try outs?). When I am away from home, I eat very simply. Like protein shakes, yogurt, and fruits and veggies. I never feel like I can bring anything requiring cooking because I have no idea what the facilities will be like. Anywho, as I was soaking up my last few days in the comfort of our home, I naturally whipped up a few of my favorite things (Thank you Julie Andrews for that bomb-diggity song, it’s still my jam.). This chicken salad, was definitely one of them.
I could seriously eat this salad every day. I always shy away from potato salad, chicken salad, tuna salad, etc. because there tends to be so much mayo that I simply cannot justify it. Plus, honestly, the store bought stuff is never that great. I wanted to see if I could add avocado and yogurt to decrease the amount of mayo, and I can triumphantly say it worked like a charm.
What I love the most about this salad is that you get this magical combination of celery, white onion, cilantro, and lime to create this amazing set of flavors. The chicken is necessary because it’s chicken salad and all. But by far my favorite part is the avocados, because avocados make me happy. This salad has the perfect balance of protein, healthy fats, and carbs to keep you full for hours.
Disclaimer: You may notice the croissants in the background. I did indeed make them from scratch and 6 hours later, they came out pretty well. Who knew pastries were so high maintenance? They are not healthy, but who can deny this flaky goodness? I thought I could, but I was so wrong. But it felt so right. I’m giving up gluten and sugar until Christmas, so I had to get it in while I could!
XOXO – Emmy Lou Lou
Healthy Avocado Chicken Salad
• 3 chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
• 2 avocados, cubed
• ¼ cup celery, chopped
• 2 tablespoons white onion, chopped
• ½ teaspoon garlic, minced
• ¼ teaspoon salt
• 1 ½ tablespoons light mayo
• 1 ½ tablespoons fat free plain greek yogurt
• 2 teaspoons lime juice
• 1 tablespoon cilantro, chopped
• Add all ingredients together and stir until well combined.
• Use fork to mash avocados to achieve your desired texture.