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Healthy California Grilled Chicken Avocado Salad Recipe

Start off summer the healthy way with this delicious California grilled chicken avocado salad! Enjoy the flavors of creamy avocado, cilantro, and lime on this refreshing summer salad recipe.

Healthy California Grilled Chicken Avocado Salad Recipe

California chicken avocado salad

Who’s ready for some grilling this summer?! I absolutely love spending time by the pool with family, grilling all day, and eating all night! I love me some s’mores, but know I need to keep my summer body intact, so I will not stop working out or eating healthy. Whether you’re trying to eat healthier at home or headed to a cookout, this tasty grilled chicken avocado salad is the perfect dish to bring!

California chicken salad recipe with avocado, cilantro and lime

We love this salad, it is so easy to put together and it takes only 15 minutes or so until it’s finished! If you love the flavors of cilantro and lime along with creamy avocado and fresh grilled chicken, this California chicken salad is a must-try!

California grilled chicken avocado salad recipe

Ingredients you’ll need:

  • Mixed greens
  • Chicken breast
  • Avocado
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Cilantro
  • Red onion
  • Lime
  • Ranch dressing (or your favorite dressing!)
  • salt, pepper

Step 1: Season and grill your chicken breast

First, wash your greens and dry them thoroughly. Warm up the grill on high heat, then lower to medium. Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper and place chicken on the grill for 5-6 minutes on each side. Chicken will be finished when juices run clear. Here are some more tips on grilling the perfect chicken breast.

How to grill chicken breast in a cast iron skillet

I didn’t have access to a grill, so I used my cast iron skillet to get those grill marks on the chicken. Make sure you grease the skillet with olive oil before adding the chicken!

Salad greens and vegetable ingredients

Step 2: Prep other salad ingredients

While the chicken is cooking, prep the other ingredients. Dice your avocado, halve the cherry tomatoes, chop the cilantro, and slice the onion and lime wedges. Add greens to a large bowl and top with chopped cilantro and red onion. Evenly pour ranch dressing over the greens, then top with avocado and tomatoes.

Drizzle-ranch-dressing-on-your-California-grilled-chicken-avocado-salad

Step 3: Put the grilled chicken avocado salad all together

When the chicken is finished, let it sit in the pan for a few minutes. Slice chicken breasts and add to the top of the salad. Squeeze a couple of slices of lime over the salad and throw the rest of the limes into the bowl. You’re ready to serve the most delicious flavors of California. You can add more veggies to suit your tastes. I think black beans and corn would be delicious additions!

Garnish chicken avocado salad with lime juice

California grilled chicken salad recipe with lime and cilantro

California Grilled Chicken Avocado Salad Recipe

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course dinner, Salad
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 1 5 oz. package mixed greens
  • 2 fresh chicken breasts
  • 1 ripe avocado cubed
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1/4 cup cilantro chopped
  • 1/4 cup red onion thinly sliced
  • 1 lime cut into wedges
  • 1/8 cup ranch dressing
  • salt and pepper
  • olive oil

Instructions
 

  • Pre-heat grill on high, then lower to medium. Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper and place chicken on the grill for 5-6 minutes on each side. Chicken will be finished when juices run clear. Allow chicken to cool slightly.
  • Prep other ingredients: dice the avocado, cut the cherry tomatoes, chop the cilantro, and slice the onion and lime wedges.
  • Add mixed greens to a large bowl, then top with chopped cilantro and red onion. Evenly drizzle ranch dressing over the greens, then top with avocado and tomatoes.
  • Slice chicken breasts and add to the top of the salad. Squeeze a couple of slices of lime over the salad and add the remaining limes to the salad bowl.

Homemade grilled chicken avocado salad

Enjoy this California chicken salad!

While you’re grilling this summer, I hope you throw some chicken breast on the grill and spice it up, California style. The flavors of lime and cilantro give this salad a tasty kick that I know you’ll love. If you like this salad, also try this Elote Avocado Corn Dip, it tastes just like Mexican street corn. Have a great summer!

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