Restaurant quality salad made at home for a complete meal in just one bowl of this amazing Quinoa Mango Avocado Chicken Salad
Are you looking for the perfect summer salad that will entice your kids into eating whole grains and some fruit and veg? Well look no further. Quinoa Mango Avocado Chicken Salad with Coconut Lime Dressing is some summertime heaven on a plate, depending on your avocados being perfect. Isn’t that the most irritating thing? You buy some avocados, you wait patiently for them to ripen and then once you get the guts to slice one open, you are 0.5 seconds too late and it’s already gone bad. Like I see all these perfect avocado roses on toast all over social media and I am screaming, “What voodoo are you doing to get those to be perfect avocados?!”
Salad Can Be Super Versatile
This salad is definitely something you can mess around with. If quinoa isn’t your jam, try brown rice. Even some millet would be lovely with this. If your crew doesn’t like cilantro, first punish them all and take away their video games, and then maybe try a handful of chopped fresh chives. Is there half a head of romaine lettuce sitting in your fridge from last night’s dinner? Throw that in! Feeling fancy? Replace the chicken with some grilled shrimp. Or get rid of the protein all together. But wait, maybe add black beans? I could go on forever.
Fresh, Fresh, Fresh!!!
Quinoa in a Salad?
Quinoa Mango Avocado Chicken Salad with Coconut Lime Dressing
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 3 tablespoon lime juice
- 2 tablespoon vinegar, rice wine
- 2 tablespoon sugar
- 1 medium lime
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne or red pepper
- 2 cup quinoa, uncooked
- 4 cup rotisserie chicken
- 3 cup chopped cabbage, red
- 2 cup pieces mango
- 2 medium avocado
- 1/2 cup cilantro
- 1/2 cup pumpkin seed kernels
- Zest and juice lime.
- In a medium bowl, combine all dressing ingredients and whisk to combine. Set aside.
- Cook quinoa according to directions on package. Shred chicken. Chop cabbage; dice and peel mango and avocado; chop cilantro.
- In a large bowl, combine all salad ingredients and toss. Drizzle dressing over the top. Dressing is thin, so be careful to not add too much.
Yep. If you haven’t tried mixing grains in with greens in a salad before – this is your big chance! They pair so well together – freshness from the greens + filling from the grains. Plus we all know that kids comfort food is grains! This salad is super yummy with quinoa AND brown rice. Try them both for some serious whole grain goodness. You can also try red quinoa for a beautiful color. If you can’t find red quinoa in stores, you can always order it from Amazon. Top this salad off with our creamy Coconut Lime Dressing for the complete experience. We hope you enjoy this salad as much as we do!
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