Chicken Mango Avocado Salad (VIDEO)
This Chicken Mango Avocado Salad is loaded with juicy chicken, creamy avocado and that sweet pop of mango flavor take this mango salad over the top. A Cheesecake Factory recipe (copycat).
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Chicken Mango Salad:
Last week’s date night to the Cheesecake Factory, resulted in the discovery of this Chicken Mango Avocado Salad. The combination of sweet, savory and tangy ingredients make this a refreshing and memorable summer salad and the honey vinaigrette couldn’t be easier!
I highly highly recommend you top this with the toasted almonds (I forgot to toss them in before photographing but they add a nice crunch and compliment the mango very well. The Cheesecake Factory recipe had wonton strips over the top but I wasn’t too keen on them – just extra calories without much flavor. We loved the toasted almonds 100 times more – crunchy, nutty, fragrant and guilt-free!
Chicken Avocado Mango Salad Ingredients:
The combination of flavors and textures makes this a very exciting salad to eat! It is loaded with juicy chicken, crisp lettuce, sweet mango, creamy avocado and crunchy almonds – this salad is a winner! No wonder it is such a popular cheesecake factory recipe.
If you love mangos, a mango slicer makes it easy and efficient to cut out the pit. Also, every salad lover should have a salad spinner in their kitchen. It is a major time-saving tool. You can rinse, drain and spin dry in just a couple of minutes. No more soggy salads!
How to Cut a Mango:
1. A mango has one long, flat seed that goes from stem to nose. If you don’t have a mango slicer, you can cut a mango with a sharp slim knife: slice off the sides around the seeds keeping as close to the seed as you can. Scoop the flesh out of the skin and slice or dice desired.
The SECRET to Perfectly Sauteed Chicken:
See that juicy chicken? The KEY to juicy sauteed chicken every time is using an instant-read thermometer. Remove the chicken from the pan once it reaches 165˚F.
More Copycat Cheesecake Factory Recipe Ideas:
- Chicken Madeira – one look and you’ll just know!
- Beet Arugula Salad – crowd-pleasing, party favorite
- Blueberry Cheesecake (better than Cheesecake Factory by reputation)
- Mango Cake (not Cheesecake Factory but for mango lovers!)
How to Make Chicken Mango Salad:
Mouth. Is. Watering!! You have to experience this mango salad. Every bite is bursting with so much flavor.
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Chicken Mango Avocado Salad
This Chicken Mango Avocado Salad is loaded with juicy chicken, creamy avocado and that sweet pop of mango flavor take this mango salad over the top! The sweet and tangy honey vinaigrette couldn't be easier!
Chicken Avocado Mango Salad Ingredients:
- 1 lb chicken breasts, (2 medium)
- 1/2 tsp garlic salt, or to taste
- 1/8 tsp black pepper, or to taste
- 2 tsp olive oil
- 6 cups romaine lettuce, 1 head, rinsed, chopped and spun dry
- 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
- 1/2 english cucumber, sliced
- 1 mango, pitted, peeled and diced*
- 1 avocado, pitted, peeled and diced
- 1/2 small purple onion, thinly sliced
- 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
- 1/2 cup sliced almonds, toasted, for topping
Honey Vinaigrette Dressing:
How to Make Chicken Mango Avocado Salad
Cut chicken breast in half lengthwise then season with garlic salt and pepper to taste and sautee in 2 tsp olive oil over medium high heat until browned and cooked through (3 min per side). Remove from pan, cool for 5 minutes then slice into strips against the grain.
In a large salad bowl, add chopped romaine. Top with halved cherry tomatoes, sliced cucumber, diced mango and avocado, thinly sliced purple onion, 1/4 cup cilantro (and yes cilantro can be omitted if you have a cilantro aversion).
How to Make Honey Vinaigrette Dressing:
Combine the Honey Vinaigrette Dressing Ingredients in a mason jar, cover tightly with lid and shake together until well combined. You can also mix it up in a bowl and whisk thoroughly. If not using dressing right away, shake well just before serving. Drizzle the salad dressing over the chicken mango avocado salad, adding it to taste*
*We used about 2/3 of the dressing which is reflected in the nutrition label.
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Q: Do you have a favorite Summer Salad? I would love to hear from YOU in a comment below!