May 29, 2012

California Grilled Chicken Avocado and Mango Salad



Sweet champagne mangos pair superb with creamy haas avocados and grilled chicken for a sweet-savory salad to delight your taste buds. This meal is ready in minutes, perfect for a hot summer day or night!


I could live on a tropical island and never miss the fruit from the states.


When I was a kid, I spent many summers at my cousin's house in Puerto Rico and I remember the mango trees and mangoes all over her yard. I would pick them up and try to save them, but even I couldn't consume the overabundance of mangoes she had falling off those trees. Back then mangoes weren't as popular here in the states, but luckily today you can find them in every supermarket. I'm hoping one day guanabana (soursop) and guava will make it's way here too!

Have you seen the new Salanova butter lettuce from Dole, they come two in a container – simply cut the core off and you have baby lettuce!


For this salad I used the red butter variety, but you can use any baby lettuce, especially home grown if you have any in your garden!

For the dressing I kept it real simple, extra virgin olive oil and white balsamic vinegar which is naturally sweet and perfect on this salad. You can easily halve this recipe for 2 servings or double for 8. Enjoy and stay cool!




California Grilled Chicken Avocado and Mango Salad
Skinnytaste.com
Servings: 4 • Serving Size: 1/4th • Old Points: 6 pts • Points+: 7 pts
Calories: 258 • Fat: 14.6 g • Protein: 20.7 g • Carb: 12.2 g • Fiber: 3.8 g • Sugar: 6.2 g
Sodium: 62.2 mg (without salt)


Ingredients:

  • 12 oz grilled chicken breast, sliced (from 1 lb raw)
  • 1 cup diced avocado
  • 1 cup diced mango (from 1 1/2 mangos)
  • 2 tbsp diced red onion
  • 6 cups baby red butter lettuce

For the vinaigrette:

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp white balsamic vinegar
  • salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste

Directions:

Whisk vinaigrette ingredients and set aside.

Toss avocado, mango, chicken and red onion together. Fill a large salad platter with baby greens or divide on 4 small dishes; top with chicken/avocado mixture and drizzle half the dressing on top. Serve with remaining dressing if desired.

67 comments :

  1. This would hit the spot today! Great idea!

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  2. Growing up in Hawaii, we used to always go to my uncle's house to pick mangoes when they were in season. They're so good! I'd just cut them in half and eat it with a spoon :) This salad looks perfect and so fresh!

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    1. They have frozen guanabana puree in the freezer section at Vons :)

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  4. This dish looks so flavorful and I'm loving the avocado/mango combo! Adding avocado to your salad is such a simple way to boost your fiber intake for the day.

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  5. That looks DIVINE!
    Mango is my absolute, hands-down favorite fruit. I never thought to pair it with avocado!
    I must try this!

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  6. Guava is all over Miami from pastries to yogurt :) hopefully it will make its way farther north!

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    1. We can find the jelly, but not the actual fruit. I used to eat them off the trees :)

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  7. oh GINA!!!! this looks amazing and I cannot wait to get all the ingredients to try this.,

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  8. That looks like the perfect salad. I love mango-just made a black bean and mango summer salad.

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  9. I'm always looking for a new salad recipe and this one looks delicious! I love the combination of ingredients and that lettuce looks absolutely beautiful! Great recipe!

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  10. Hello Gina
    Thanks for the california grilled chicken avocado and mango salad recipe.
    I'll create one for sure, my husband and my kids are gonna like it :)
    If you don't mind, can you submit your california grilled chicken avocado and mango salad photo in http://www.foodporn.net ?
    It's a food photography site full of all DIY food pictures from members around the world. Or perhaps you'd like to submit by yourself? Let me know when you did, so I can share it.

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  11. Any suggestions for a substitue for Mango? I detest Mango and Guava.

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    1. I've substituted peaches for mangoes and that has always worked well.

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    2. I've done a pineapple and avocado salad that was amazing. You could even toss in some slices of low-fat ham and do a kind of Hawaiian theme!

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    3. great ideas, thanks, I love Pineapple, papyaya, mango, and guava, make me shiver. Thanks, will try the peaches idea and my fav is pineapple.

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    4. This recipe sounds fantastic, other than the mango! I just can't eat it - too much like canteloupe, which I don't like!!! Haven't tried papaya, might give that a try, but will def. try it w/ pineapple!!!

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  12. Mmm, so rare for me to find a recipe I'm actually allowed to eat. I'm so happy to have found this one, it sounds divine!

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  13. Yum! I love this time of year with all the fresh fruit and veggies and I can't get enough avocado!

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  14. Might have to try this for lunch one day....totally LOVE avocados! :)

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  15. Looks absolutely wonderful! Refreshing, yet filling, salads are the perfect way to beat the heat! :-) And gotta love avocado and mango!!! Can't wait to try this!

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  16. yum, this looks wonderful! I had a version of this at harrods when i was in london and have been wanting to recreate it ever since. thanks for the motivation!!

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  17. Didn't even think of cutting the mango the same way I do avocado. Nice tip!

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  18. I totally agree with you about living on a tropical island! When we go to DR, I loveee grabbing limonsillas (I think they are called Spanish limes?). My aunt lives across the street and she has a mango tree and as much as I think I can eat all the ones that have fallen, I can't!

    Also can't wait for guava to reach the states! I occasionally grab a Goya guava drink when I'm in the supermarket. So yummy!

    Recipe looks amazing and will be trying this soon. Anything with avocados is a must have for me. Thanks Gina!

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  19. Krissy'sKitchen5/30/12, 11:48 AM

    Can you tell me how to tell if a Mango is ripe??

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  20. I love this recipe, but I'm not a fan of the mango.

    Do you think fresh pineapple would work, or what do you think would be a good substitution?

    Thanks!

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  21. YUMMM!!! So happy that here in south Texas we have mangoes, guava and all kinds of crazy tropical fruits!!

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  22. this is great I pick up a roasted chicken took skin off and cut it up small and the only thing i added was some nuts for crunch needless to say i am having it tonight to for dinner

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  23. My fiance would hate this. I would ADORE this. I might have to have this during lunch one day. Sounds delicious!

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  24. Big time yum on all of this you've got going on here!

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  25. Yum, this was lunch today! Just happened ti have an avocado and mango ripened, perfect timing! I did not have white balsamic on hand so I used white wine vinegar and a dash of stevia, it was awesome!

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  26. The minute I saw this recipe, Iknew that I wanted to try it. So, I did. It was fabulous!! I will use it next week when I have a friend over for lunch! Thanks Gina!!

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  27. Wow.... makes me hungry.. great combination of taste and texture... creaminess of the avocado and the sweet taste of mangoes.. great!!!

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  28. Oh yum! Had this for dinner last night and the whole family really liked it. It was super refreshing and something I will be making a lot this summer. Added some black beans I had left over from a previous dinner and they were a great addition. Thanks!

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  29. Long time reader, first time commenter here. :)

    Gina, this was so good. My husband and I loved every single bite. It's going to be enjoyed many a time this summer.

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  30. Mangos + Avo = Delicious! What a great paring.

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  31. This looks soo good! I loooove soursop and guavas too. Soursop ice cream is THE BEST !! :)

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  32. This is also great with prawns (shrimp) in place of the chicken

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  33. Made this for lunch with the husband, and we both loved it! I think your citrus vinaigrette would be great with it, too. Thanks!

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  34. Thank you Gina... your recipes are AMAZING. I don't know why you don't have your own show on the Food Network! I just made this for lunch. I didn't have any lettuce, so I just had the salad alone. I used my Misto Olive Oil sprayer instead of the dressing, with a little salt and pepper, and it was so YUMMY!

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  35. Can't wait to try this. I didn't start to eat Avocado's until last year when I realized just how healthy they were. Honestly, I didn't like the taste either, but I did learn to like it. I even eat Guacamole now too... which if you knew me you wouldn't believe that lol.

    But this recipe not only looks delicious but is healthy... you can't beat that.

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  36. I had doubts about this one.....I've done tons of your recipes and so far not one flub (except the quinoa fried rice...but that's just because I realized I detest quinoa).....BUT this one WAS AHHHHHHH-MAYYYYYY-ZING!!!!! And so easy!

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    1. So glad you liked it! Aww, not a quinoa fan, huh!

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  37. I loved it... I added fresh cilantro because I love the taste it adds to salads. Thank you for sharing your wonderful recipes.

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  38. Nice use of avocado. It would be super if you linked this post in to Food on Friday Series which is all about avocado this week.

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  39. Great, easy recipe, had everything I needed at home already. Everyone liked it...even the kiddies!

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  40. Can't wait to make this today! How do you prepare your chicken breasts? Do you bake or boil? Thanks!

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  41. Well, there was one state that mangoes were popular since it became one in 1959 --- Hawai'i! I grew up eating mangoes...the best. Now that I live in California, I like avocados. This recipe meshes both my favourite fruits in one. The grilled chicken, the butter leaf lettuce, and the vinaigrette dressing makes it a great (and healthy) California meal. Love it!

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  42. Just made this for dinner - it was awesome. I used white onion instead of red, just personal preference, but it was delicious!

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  43. Is white wine vinegar the same as white balsamic vinegar???

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  44. Great combination! I can't wait to make it again.

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  45. I just had this for lunch and it was delicious! I almost left out the mangos because I wasn't sure if I would like them, but I'm glad I didn't. They were the star of the salad for me!

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  46. I come from India and during the summer we get a massive variety of mangoes but the sweetest of all is the Alphonso which you rarely get here in the US. Would recommend a good Indian store between April - June to get the Alphonso mangoes and you will never go back to having any other kind... Oh by the way it works great in this Salad too.

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  47. Hi there! I'm a loyal follower and doer of your recipes and I'm from Puerto Rico, it's a nice to know you have family over here in my beautiful island :) keep posting yummy goodness

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  48. Can I use any other vinegar like Red wine vinegar, reg balsamic vinegar or apple cider vinegar or even just regular vinegar?

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  50. Just curious, the serving size for this delicious recipe only says 1/4th and I was curious as to what the unit was. A cup? Thanks!

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  51. Just finished making & eating this! It was so yummy! Thank you!

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  52. Just made this and it was absolutely incredible! This is the 8th recipe I've made from your since last Thursday. Love them all. Thank you!

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  53. It’s amazing to visit again n again coming to your blogs the superb effort is here.

    mango exporter in pakistan

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  54. Just made for dinner and so yummy!! I loved the vinaigrette. I would also add a nut next time to give it some crunch, like pecans. Thanks again!!

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