Avocado Chicken Salad

Published February 18, 2024

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Avocado Chicken Salad – A healthy chicken salad recipe made without mayo and instead a whole, ripe, creamy avocado. It also includes an abundance of fresh herbs, bright lemon, and zesty grape tomatoes for more fresh flavor.

Avocado chicken salad shown on wheat bread with lettuce leaves and sliced grape tomatoes.

Healthy Chicken Salad with No Mayo

Avocado chicken salad is an excellent go-to lunch option. It can be made with leftover cooked chicken breast or rotisserie chicken, and just includes a quick mashup of dressing.

You can pile it high between slices of whole grain bread or serve it low carb as lettuce wraps.

It’s incredibly easy to make and it’s so supremely good it could even pass as a refreshing simple dinner.

The flavor of this version is almost like guacamole met chicken salad and it will leave you craving it time and time again! It’s so good you would be happy to eat it plain on it’s own no bread required.

Possible Variations

  • A simple swap for some textural variation, that contrasting satisfying crunch is to use celery in place of tomatoes.
  • You could garnish this option with sliced almonds, sesame seeds or pumpkin seeds for a light layer of nutty flavor and a fine, flaky crunch.
  • For some indulgence serve with crumbled bacon atop.
  • If it’s grilling season try this with chopped grilled chicken in place of shredded chicken for a hint of charred smoky flavor.

Avocado chicken salad with shredded chicken, mashed, avocado, tomato and bacon on the side.

Avocado Chicken Salad Recipe Ingredients and Variations

  • Large avocado: Two small avocados will work as well.
  • Lemon: Lime juice can be substituted.
  • Green onions: 1/4 cup chopped red onion will work too.
  • Parsley and cilantro: Other fresh herbs such as basil or mint and dill could be substituted for various flavor options.
  • Fresh garlic: Dried granulated garlic actually works well in chicken salad too.
  • Salt and black pepper: Add these to taste to enhance the flavors.
  • Cooked chicken breast: I like to use rotisserie chicken as this is such a flavorful option cooked with the bones and it’s super tender but cooked chicken breasts work well too. Thigh meat can be used as well for a richer chicken salad.
  • Grape tomatoes: This fresh chicken salad is also tasty with celery as a mix-in in place of tomatoes.

Ingredients used for avocado chicken salad.

How to Make Chicken Salad with Avocado

In a mixing bowl stir together mashed avocado, lemon juice, green onions, parsley, cilantro, garlic and season with salt and pepper to taste.Mashed avocado, herb and lime mixture. Avocado mixture after stirring together in mixing bowl.

Add chicken and toss to evenly coat with avocado dressing mixture.

Toss in tomatoes or celery.

Adding chicken to avocado mixture. Adding tomatoes to chicken salad.

What to Serve this Healthy Chicken Salad on

Avocado chicken salad finished.

Can It Be Made in Advance?

  • Unfortunately because of the avocado in the recipe this chicken salad is best served within a few hours of preparing as the avocado can tend to brown to a mucky, unappetizing color after a while.
  • You can however shred the chicken, chop the herbs, garlic and tomatoes in advance and store them in the fridge for a few days. Just wait to mash and add the avocado.

Helpful Tips for the Best Chicken Avocado Salad

  • Use the best ripe avocados available. A buttery, smooth, unbruised avocado with rich ripened flavor will really make this chicken salad the best it can be.
  • Wondering how to pick the best avocado? Look for those that are a deep green/almost blackish color with no vibrant green to them. They should slightly firm with some give to them when genlty pressed, not mushy and overly soft and not hard. It shouldn’t have dents or brown spots as these are signs of bruising and spoiling.
  • Mince the herbs up very small for a better overall texture and appearance.
  • Use fresh lemon rather than bottled as this will dramatically improve it’s fresh flavor.
  • If needed you can thin the chicken salad out with a splash of olive oil or water if the dressing seems too thick to you.

Avocado chicken salad mixture in a bowl with tomatoes.

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Avocado Chicken Salad

A healthy no mayo chicken salad made with mashed creamy avocado, an abundance of herbs, bright lemon and zesty tomatoes. Easy to make and incredibly fresh and delicious!
Servings: 3
Prep15 minutes
Ready in: 15 minutes



  • In a mixing bowl stir together mashed avocado, lemon juice, green onions, parsley, cilantro, garlic and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Add chicken and toss to evenly coat with mixture.
  • Toss in tomatoes or celery.
  • Serve as desired: plain, over bread or lettuce leaves, it's also delicious with cooked bacon.


  • Depending on the avocado you can get a lightly different result, if needed you can add a spoonful of plain yogurt, a splash of olive oil or even water to thin the chicken salad out if preferred.
  • Nutrition estimate doesn't include food used for serving such as bread slices.
Nutrition Facts
Avocado Chicken Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 299 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 8g
Cholesterol 88mg29%
Sodium 96mg4%
Potassium 831mg24%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 35g70%
Vitamin A 2038IU41%
Vitamin C 34mg41%
Calcium 61mg6%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition values are estimates only. See full disclaimer here.