I tried to find a creative title for this recipe. I even asked my husband (the “king of puns”) for help. The best thing he could come up with was “A C4 Salad – Exploding with Flavor!” The title refers to (A)vocado, (C)hicken, (C)abbage, (C)ilantro, and (C)ucumber. Yeah, I wasn’t loving it.
This is a versatile recipe, as it can be eaten like a regular salad, or scooped into cucumber cups, party style, which is an idea I got from Pinterest. I thought the cucumber cups were really FUN! (My husband, however, looked at my plate and said I built an amphitheater. :-P) If you’re in a hurry, you can always slice or chop the cucumbers to incorporate them into the salad.
I’ve spent a little time in Guadalajara when I’ve visited to perform with the Orquesta Filarmónica de Jalisco, and one of the things I LOVE is the food. It’s bears absolutely no resemblance to the so-called Tex-Mex of the USA. It’s full of flavor, fresh herbs and spices, and the “tortilla maker” is an 87 year old woman back in the kitchen. I’ve never been able to find a good Molcajete de Pollo in the United States. If you know of a restaurant that serves it, please share! But I digress… I used some of my favorite flavors from Jalisco when I put together this salad, and it brought me (momentarily) back to the Santo Coyote, on a starlit night where we were serenaded by live mariachi music. These were my pre-paleo days (and before kids, too!).
Chicken Avocado Salad with Cilantro and Lime
- One rotisserie chicken, chopped
- Two avocados, diced
- 2/3 green cabbage, chopped
- 5 green onions (scallions), white and pale green parts, minced
- Juice of 2 limes
- Two handfuls of fresh cilantro, chopped
- Salt to taste
- One large English Cucumber
Mix all ingredients except cucumber in a large bowl. For “salad style” you can either chop the cucumber and add it, or slice it thinly and use it as a base for the salad. For “party style”, slice 1-2 inch sections, scoop out the center with a grapefruit spoon, and fill the cucumber “cups” with the salad.
This recipe works for SO many diets. It is paleo, Whole30, gluten free, grain free, dairy free, sugar free, nut free, egg free, and nightshade free! WOW!
Happy New Year, everybody! Thanks for reading!