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Chicken, Avocado, and Mozzarella Chopped Salad

chicken, avocado, and mozzarella chopped salad

This chopped salad was originally intended to be a vegetarian recipe, but the chicken simply insisted on sneaking its way in. Simply leave it out for a lighter meatless meal, if desired, or enjoy Chicken, Avocado, and Mozzarella Chopped Salad just as written for an easy 30-minute weeknight dinner. (So, we’ll call this a bonus extra Sunday Scratchups recipe from scratch around affordable ingredients this week!)

Note: If you’re doing a keto or other low carb diet, just ignore that bread up there — it’s not part of the salad itself! 😉

chicken, avocado, and mozzarella chopped salad

The tomato, cucumber, and green onion I used here are from my garden, and this easy chopped salad is a great way to incorporate some of your own fresh garden tomatoes and other seasonal produce into a colorful, healthy dinner. Chicken, Avocado, and Mozzarella Chopped Salad itself is also naturally gluten free & low carb. Although I served mine with skinny garlic toast, you can keep the whole meal gluten free by using gluten free bread and low carb by choosing a different side.

Chicken, Avocado, and Mozzarella Chopped Salad

chicken, avocado, and mozzarella chopped salad ingredients

Ingredients

1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast, butterflied
Sea salt, to taste
Black pepper, to taste
1 Tbsp olive oil
8 oz fresh mozzarella balls in water, halved
One avocado, chopped
2 Roma tomatoes, chopped
One yellow bell pepper, chopped
1 cucumber, peeled and chopped
2 Romaine lettuce hearts, chopped
Several green onions, chopped
Salad dressing of choice, to taste

Directions

Butterfly chicken (cut lengthwise to make it thinner, but don’t bother separating the two pieces), then season on both sides with sea salt and pepper. Heat olive oil in a cast iron skillet over medium heat until shimmering, then add chicken and brown for 10 minutes a side or until completely cooked through. Let chicken cool, then chop.

While cooking and cooling chicken, chop your salad veggies and halve the mozzarella. (Keep the size of your chopped ingredients roughly the same, other than the green onion.) Add lettuce to a large plate or bowl, top with chicken and veggies, and drizzle with your favorite dressing to taste.

Filling for a Summer Evening

Chicken, avocado, and mozzarella chopped salad -- An easy light weeknight dinner recipe!

Look how pretty a simple salad can be when you use all of these different colors! This hearty Chicken, Avocado, and Mozzarella Chopped Salad is so easy to throw together, and the perfect mix of textures and flavors for a hot summer’s evening. You can use homemade dressing here to punch up the flavor even more, but I kept it simple with bottled — and it will be delicious either way.

Chicken, Avocado, and Mozzarella Chopped Salad, printable recipe

Chicken, Avocado, and Mozzarella Chopped Salad

This easy chopped salad is a great way to incorporate fresh garden tomatoes and other seasonal produce into a colorful, healthy dinner.
Course dinner
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast, butterflied
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • Black pepper, to taste
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 8 oz fresh mozzarella balls in water, halved
  • One avocado, chopped
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, chopped
  • One yellow bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 cucumber, peeled and chopped
  • 2 Romaine lettuce hearts, chopped
  • Several green onions, chopped
  • Salad dressing of choice, to taste

Instructions

  • Butterfly chicken (cut lengthwise to make it thinner, but don't bother separating the two pieces), then season on both sides with sea salt and pepper. 
  • Heat olive oil in a cast iron skillet over medium heat until shimmering, then add chicken and brown for 10 minutes a side or until completely cooked through. 
  • Let chicken cool, then chop.
  • While cooking and cooling chicken, chop your salad veggies and halve the mozzarella. (Keep the size of your chopped ingredients roughly the same, other than the green onion.)
  •  Add lettuce to a large plate or bowl, top with chicken and veggies, and drizzle with your own favorite salad dressing to taste.

Notes

Chicken, Avocado, and Mozzarella Chopped Salad itself is naturally gluten free -- I served mine with skinny garlic toast, and you can keep the meal gluten free by using gluten free bread or choosing a different side.

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