Monday, June 07, 2010

Chicken Taco Salad with Avocado Dressing

Talk about a perfect summertime meal. I ate this for lunch and dinner two days in a row! The dressing is so simple and delicious and could certainly be used as an extremely smooth guacamole. The flavors of this simple salad really work well together. Try this one soon!
Chicken Taco Salad with Avocado Dressing

for the salad:
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
3 tbs olive oil
taco seasoning- to your taste (for me, this is chili powder, cumin, onion powder, garlic powder, dried oregano, salt and pepper)
romaine lettuce
shredded cheddar cheese
tortilla chips, lightly crushed

for the dressing:
1 large avocado
juice of 1 small lemon
2 tbs olive oil
salt and pepper

Marinate chicken breasts in the olive oil and taco seasoning for at least one hour in the refrigerator. To cook, preheat oven to 350 and heat a large oven-proof skillet over medium heat. When skillet is hot, brown chicken on both sides for about 2 minutes per side. Do not cook through; just brown both sides. Transfer chicken and pan to oven and cook for about 10 minutes, until cooked through. Remove from oven and let rest on a plate while you prepare the salad dressing.
In a blender, puree avocado with lemon juice, olive oil and enough water to make a creamy consistency. Season to taste with salt and pepper (and cayenne, if desired) and blend well.
Slice chicken breasts into strips. Top romaine lettuce with chicken, shredded cheese, and avocado dressing. Add crushed tortilla chips, if desired.


  1. I could put that dressing on everything. Avocados are proof that God has not abandoned us yet.

  2. It is seriously good. And it's still bright green after days in the fridge! (Though it sounds like it probably wouldn't last for days in your fridge.) ;)

  3. so good! very fresh salad -- amazing dressing. i think i may start making that for dip instead of guacamole. thanks for this one!