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Apr
23
2014

Chicken And Avocado Detox Salad

Detox Salad

After a holiday weekend of indulging in some delicious food, I was ready to lighten up our meals this week and do a bit of detoxing from the last few days.

This gluten-free and dairy-free Chicken and Avocado Detox Salad with Lime and Cilantro is a favorite simple dish around here. It is quick to throw together and is a perfect lighter meal as the days are starting to warm up.

It also has a number of ingredients that are wonderful for our health AND for cleaning out our systems after maybe a bit too much of that holiday candy!

Here are a few health benefits of some of the ingredients in this salad:

Cilantro: contains powerful natural cleansing agents. Cilantro has strong antioxidant activity, has been shown to have anti-anxiety effects, and is also a surprisingly good source of Vitamin K.

Juice from Limes and Lemons: contain unique flavonoid compounds that have antioxidant and anti-cancer properties. Lemon or lime juice helps stimulate and regulate the digestive tract and therefore helps with constipation, heartburn and gas. All of the antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins present in these citrus fruits help to loosen toxins in the digestive tract and also flush out water retention by increasing urination, thereby eliminating toxins at a faster rate.

Avocados: contain in excess of 25 essential nutrients, as well as fiber, healthy fats, protein, and beneficial phyto-chemicals. They can also help to regulate blood sugar levels, protect against cancer, and help fight free radicals.

These ingredients have so many other benefits as well, but I will leave you with the few that I like the most.

I know that these two little ones will be chowing down on this salad this week… After all the Easter fun, they also need a bit of a reset to their diets. :)

Detox Salad

Hmmm…maybe I should also offer this Detox Salad up to our little egg-hunting pup. He probably could use a good cleansing of his system after stealthily finding some of those eggs that the Easter bunny so carefully hid so that he wouldn’t.

If you look closely at his face, you will notice how, when a dyed Easter egg is chewed on by a dog, the said dye does not technically remain on the egg.

And unfortunately, this picture does not do any justice to what the dye also did to his paws and belly. ;)

Detox Salad

Chicken and Avocado Detox Salad with Lime and Cilantro

Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free

Ingredients:

•2 medium avocados, diced

•2 Tablespoons Fresh Lime Juice

•½ teaspoon Sea Salt

•1 Tablespoon Fresh Lemon Juice

•2 Tablespoons Olive Oil Mayonnaise or Egg-Free Mayonnaise (OR Plain Greek Yogurt)

•2 cups cooked chicken breasts OR 1 cooked rotisserie chicken, diced or shredded into large pieces

•3 Tablespoons green onions, thinly sliced

•1/3 cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped

•½ cup cherry tomatoes, cut in half

Directions:

1. Toss diced avocado pieces with the lime juice and sea salt.

2. Mix lemon juice and mayonnaise (or yogurt) for the dressing.

3. Place diced or shredded chicken in a large bowl. Add avocado mixture and green onion slices.

4. Add lemon juice and mayonnaise mixture and toss everything gently together until coated. Add cilantro and cherry tomatoes and toss again until just barely coated.

5. Taste for seasonings and add more sea salt to taste if needed.

6. Can be served at this point or chilled for later.

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7 Comments
  1. On April 23, 2014 Diane Eblin said

    LOVE this salad. A touch of crispy thin pancetta or prosciutto would be a salty topper but not in line with a detox. You have all my favs in here!

  2. On April 23, 2014 Jeannie Wilson said

    The salad sounds DELICIOUS! but the boys are precious. Love the new look on Quincy. This is his first Easter! Something more to celebrate.

  3. On April 23, 2014 Shirley @ gfe & AGFD said

    I would love this salad whether in detox mode or not. ;-) But I appreciate all the great info on its nutritional benefits, Kim. Thanks!

    xo,
    Shirley

  4. On April 24, 2014 Shirley @ gfe & AGFD said

    I woke up this morning and I thought oh my goodness, I commented on Kim’s great salad, but not all of Kim’s cuties. Yikes!!! Love seeing the photo of the boys–they always melt my heart!–and Q dog, who is simply adorable. Mr. GFE laughed like crazy when I told him about your pup’s egg-eating antics. I don’t think Sonny would do that, but who knows? ;-)

    xo,
    Shirley

  5. On April 24, 2014 Laurel said

    You KNOW what they say about great minds? This looks a lot like my blender pesto chicken salad, which also doubles as a pizza topping if you are nightshade intolerant. I toss the whole thing except the chicken and mayo, in the food processor, ad some olive oil, half a jalapeno, a few cloves of garlic and a bunch of either spinach or kale and some toasted walnuts. Process until smooth, then pulse in the chicken. Or, skip the chicken and use as a spread, sauce for pasta, whatever. :-)
    Not only do I bet there wasn’t a bite left but that your kids beg you for detox meals daily.

    • On April 24, 2014 Laurel said

      I also wish I could spell “ad olive oil” I should have appended a brand name. That should be “add.” Thank you and good night.

  6. On April 25, 2014 Alisa said

    Haha, that is so cute!!

    Love the recipe Kim – you’ve reminded me to put avocado on my shopping list!

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