Hello, fam! I hope everyone had a safe, and wonderful, Memorial Day Weekend! If you caught my post last week I sincerely hope you enjoyed it.
It’s great to be back on the SOL FIT Project. I have a wonderful summer inspired recipe to share with you all! It is prime time for get togethers, cookouts, summer parties. I know how difficult it can be to maintain a healthy diet when you are having cookouts and parties with family and friends.
Just because you have a cookout for Memorial Day doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice health. So, I am going to give you an easy, healthy, delicious recipe that you can bring to all your summer gatherings!
Let’s talk chicken…. Or, Chicken Salad
Everyone grew up with their own favorite recipe for chicken salad. I can remember my mother and her friends debating who had the best recipe. It’s a classic dish, and a staple go-to weekend recipe.
*** I apologize in advance for the lack of photos. However, I think this is simple enough; you wont need the pictures to help you out.
My mother raised me on the most simple chicken salad recipe: canned chicken, mayonnaise, salt, and pepper. I always thought with was the holy grail of chicken salad. Then I had my mother’s friend’s chicken salad: Canned chicken, mayonnaise, chopped onion, copped celery, salt, and pepper. WOAH! this was a complete game changer to me!
Chicken salad had been this boring thing, and all of a sudden you introduce a whole new flavor profile. What could get better? Fast forward a few years. I was working for a catering company. We made chicken salad occasionally for weddings. The recipe? Well, it blew my mind. Diced fruits and relish added to the chicken and mayonnaise base we all know and love. I was in shock.
Point of the story, chicken salad can be made in so many different ways. However, chicken salad might not ring the first bell when you think of healthy foods.
What if I could change your mind?
When you break down a traditional chicken salad you have two main ingredients: protein and fat (chicken and mayonnaise). Mayonnaise has caught a bad reputation over the years. Some people may not fully grasp what mayonnaise actually is. Others may just be accustomed to the stuff they sell in the supermarkets.
Lets talk mayonnaise!
Its a fat. A rather healthy one, if you can make it yourself. I’m not going to dive into how to make your own homemade mayo. I will link the WholeSisters mayo here. Their mayo is out of this world. Just a few simple ingredients and you are good to go.
Homemade mayo really blows the negative stereotypes of mayo out of the water. As long as you use it per serving size and add it to your meals accordingly; you have a perfect source of healthy fat to balance out your meals.
Store bought mayos have some funky oils, and ingredients I am not to fond of. However, if you make it yourself you really have something going for you. HOWEVER!!! This chicken salad is completely void of mayonnaise. So, let’s talk about this recipe!
Avocado Almond Chicken Salad
Quantities depend on how much you are trying to make. Recipe below will yield 1-2 servings.
What you need:
- Chicken, pre cooked, chopped fine 1 1/2 cups
- 1 half sweet onion, chopped fine
- 1 handful raw almonds, chopped fine
- 1 single serve pack of Wholly Guacamole
- 2-4 tablespoons of Dump Ranch, or until desired consistency
What to do:
- Mix your chopped chicken, onion, and almond in a bowl.
- In a small food processor, add your guac and dump ranch. Blend until desired consistency.
- Once blended, add your avocado ranch mixture to the chicken and stir until incorporated.
Fresh chicken salad void of mayonnaise, although you could certainly use it here. For added flavor, add some fresh chopped fruit like apples and grapes.
Serve alongside some fresh fruit or sweet potato chips.
There it is folks. A fresh take on a classic summer dish. Guilt free and full of flavor!