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Blackened Chicken and Mango Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing

Blackened Chicken and Mango Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing

Happy first day of Spring! I am so excited for warmer weather, less layers, flip flops, sun and heat! Sadly, yesterday, on our last day of Winter we saw the complete opposite and got 10 inches of snow…just when it was all melting away. Only in New England. Thank you Mother Nature, that will be enough now.

Blackened Chicken and Mango Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing

Regardless of how crappy the weather has been, I have been willing the better weather as best as I can! Ive refused to wear boots, at all, for the last month, Ive been wearing strictly bright colors, making and eating, light, summery, and colorful foods, trying to get outside every day..that one has been hard, but never the less..it has to come at some point, and with that means bathing suit season. Which is one of the scariest thoughts ever to someone who just had a baby. Can I just say that it is really hard to workout with two little kids around…one whom is deciding to give up his naps. Other than getting them in a stroller, how do you moms squeeze in a workout at home?! Some days it seems near impossible!

Blackened Chicken and Mango Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing

Since I can’t always get my sweat on, (eww), Ive at least been trying to eat a little better..mostly. (If you follow me on Instagram you did see a pic of Five Guys this weekend..it was definitely a splurged weekend..oops.) But this Blackened Chicken and Mango Salad is one of my favorites! Its so easy and quick, and so filling, it lasts me until dinnertime..unless I eat it FOR dinner. Its great for both. It is light, healthy, so flavorful..the sweet, ripe, pretty mango combined with the spicy chicken, and then drizzled with this tangy Avocado Cream Dressing…well lets just say, I’m addicted. The combination is incredible..I love sweet and spicy together..its a match made in heaven. (In my book)

Blackened Chicken and Mango Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing

What I’m saying is you should totally make this Chicken and Mango salad. And definitely make the Avocado Dressing..It made a pretty good size batch and I stored it in my fridge in a mason jar and drizzled it on everryytthhhiing. It was gone within a week. Its awesome. And healthy. And tangy. And zippy. Speaking of Zippy, does anyone watch Two and a Half Men..what do you think about this season?! I keep going back and forth on whether or not I think its funny anymore..thoughts?!

Blackened Chicken and Mango Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing

Okay, well enjoy your new favorite salad! 😉 And Join I Wash… You Dry and Southern Fairytale for the California Avocado Cinco de Mayo Recipe Fiesta, sponsored by the California Avocado Commission.

Blackened Chicken and Mango Salad with Avocado Cream Dressing

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 2 large salads

A healthy, flavorful, and filling salad with just the right amount of sweet fruit and spicy chicken!

Ingredients

    For the Avocado Dressing
  • 1 ripe California avocado
  • 1 lime, zested and juiced
  • 1 green onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled
  • 1/4-1/2 cup cilantro
  • 1/4 cup non-fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 small jalapeno, seeded
  • Water
  • For the Salad
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 chicken breast
  • 1 Tablespoon blackened seasoning
  • 1 ripe mango, peeled and cubed
  • 1/2 cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 cup sliced red onion
  • 4 cups Spring Salad Mix

Directions

  1. For the dressing, add all the ingredients except the water to a blender.
  2. With the blender going, slowly drizzle in the water until a thick, creamy, consistency is reached. Set Aside.
  3. Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.
  4. Season both sides of the chicken breast with the blackened seasoning, making sure it is fully coated.
  5. Cook for about 4-5 minutes on each side, until fully cooked through. Remove and let it rest for 3-4 minutes. Then slice it or cube it up.
  6. TO make Two salads, Assemble, starting with the spring lettuce mix, the cubed mango, red onion, and grape tomatoes.
  7. Place some chicken on top of each and drizzle on your desired amount of dressing!

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18 Comments

  • Reply Liz @ The Lemon Bowl

    WOAH!!!! I want this right this minute! Gorgeous colors and flavors!

    March 20, 2013 at 2:43 pm
    • Reply Alaina

      Thank you! I love the bright colors too!

      March 20, 2013 at 7:34 pm
  • Reply Cookin Canuck

    Holy cow…that is one gorgeous salad! This sounds like perfect way to welcome spring. As for workouts, I have to get my run in at 5:30am, or else it’s just not going to happen.

    March 20, 2013 at 5:00 pm
    • Reply Alaina

      Wow, 530am..that is motivation. Good for you..I have that problem of it never happening..maybe I need to do what you do! Thank you! 🙂

      March 20, 2013 at 7:36 pm
  • Reply Tracey

    I think I need a Five Guys weekend splurge too 🙂 A burger and fries sounds oh so amazing right now! But in the meantime I’ll gladly eat salads like this – so colorful and healthy. It really does sound fantastic!

    March 20, 2013 at 6:10 pm
    • Reply Alaina

      It was really good..I ate it two days in a row 🙂 Five Guys was so worth it, but I definitely needed a lighter food day the next day! haha

      March 20, 2013 at 7:37 pm
  • Reply Julia

    What a beautiful salad to start spring off! I love the dressing. I am keeping this and making it for sure.

    March 20, 2013 at 6:30 pm
    • Reply Alaina

      Thank you! It was great, so I hope you do!!

      March 20, 2013 at 7:37 pm
  • Reply alex

    this dressing sounds perfect! I love salads, they are just so tasty! working out is tough. I leave the baby at home with my husband and catch a few classes at my gym.

    March 21, 2013 at 4:33 am
    • Reply Alaina

      I love the dressing! I love the idea of classes, but by the time my hubs gets home at night Im so exhausted..I know, excuses, excuses!

      March 21, 2013 at 12:13 pm
  • Reply Consuelo

    Loved your chicken mango salad and I think that the new two ans a half man is not as good and fresh as the other one, they try too hard!

    March 23, 2013 at 1:53 pm
    • Reply Alaina

      Thank you! Im so happy you loved it! And yes, they definitely try way to hard! Its to bad!

      March 23, 2013 at 7:39 pm
  • Reply Ashley

    This is a great recipe, however I changed it a little based on what I had in the fridge and it was delicious. Dressing: lime jus, clove, red onion, dijon mustard, avacado, snp. On lettuce with mango, goat cheese, candied pecans. DELISH!

    April 4, 2013 at 10:30 pm
    • Reply Alaina

      YUM! I love the sound of your dressing! oh and those candied pecans! delish!

      April 5, 2013 at 1:25 am
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  • Reply Michelle

    Delicious! I made this today for my husband and I- so fresh.

    June 1, 2013 at 9:03 pm
    • Reply Alaina

      Oh I am SO glad that you liked it! Thanks for sharing!! 🙂

      June 3, 2013 at 4:16 am
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