Southwest Avocado Chicken Salad

A savory, delicious, fresh Southwest Avocado Chicken Salad for lunch, brunch, dinner, or a potluck or holiday party dish!

Southwest Avocado Chicken Salad

Our recent trip to Seattle was an all time high for me. Having our kids with us for the weekend, in a very fun Seattle, with the gorgeous sun shining, was truly a gift for me.

Mother’s Day was even more memorable for me, as our kids surprised me with … not a monetary gift, but a gift of words. They each said honoring words about me, which was humbling and beautiful to hear.

Southwest Avocado Chicken Salad

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what it means to be a mother of grown children. With all three in their twenties, it was such a different life that we shared under one roof, just a few short years ago.

And yet, although my mothering duties have changed, I’m no less a mother today then I was then.

In fact, as I sat and listened to my kids, I realized that with or without them being present for the day, you still find your maternal instincts that you invest in everyday living, and share with the world. There are so many opportunities for us to give ourselves away, whether offering a meal to someone who could use one, or simply sitting quietly with a friend, or taking the time to talk on the phone with a friend who’s afar.

Southwest Avocado Chicken Salad

To be fully present for one another is a gift to give, and in a spiritual sense, we can take our wisdom and use it for so many around us.

Southwest Avocado Chicken Salad

Southwest Avocado Chicken Salad

Our daughter Abby, who’s in college in Seattle, created this recipe I’m sharing today: Southwest Avocado Chicken Salad.

I love how she cooks healthy food at school, and stays away from dorm food.

Southwest Avocado Chicken Salad

We hugged a lot, talked, shopped, and ate our way through Seattle last week.

She brought me one single red tulip.

Which meant the world to me!

I’m so thankful for my daughter, and my sons!

Happy Thursday, Friends!

Southwest Avocado Chicken Salad

Southwest Avocado Chicken Salad


  • 2 baked chicken breasts, thinly sliced or cubed  (or 3 cups rotisserie chicken)
  • 2 avocados, cubed
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 c.  chopped cilantro
  • 3 ears fresh corn, boiled and cut off the cob, or 1 can of corn (drained)
  • 1 c. cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 15 oz. Bush’s Black Beans, drained
  • 1/2 medium red onion, diced
  • Salt and pepper for seasoning
  • 1 Tbsp. white wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. lime juice
  • 1/2 Tbsp. honey
  • 2 Tbsp. avocado oil
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • 2 limes, for garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. On a greased baking sheet, lay down chicken breasts. Salt and pepper each side before putting them in the oven. Cook for 12-15 minutes, or until fully cooked and slightly tender. Remove when time is up and allow to cool. Slice chicken into smaller slices or cubes.
  2. Boil water with salt in a large pot. When water is boiling, add the corn. Allow to come to a boil before starting timer. Boil for 5-7 minutes, or until corn is tender. Remove, set aside, and allow to cool. Carefully cut the corn from the cob using a sharp knife.
  3. Combine vinegar, lime juice, honey, avocado oil, salt, and pepper. Set aside.
  4. Peel and cube avocado, rinse and drain beans, dice the red onion, and halve the cherry tomatoes. Add these ingredients to a large bowl.
  5. Add all ingredients together in a large bowl.
  6. Pour dressing over and add cilantro. Genly stir ingredients until fully combined.
  7. Enjoy over a bed of greens or your favorite grain!
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More recipes from Abby: Whole Wheat Leek Salmon Galette, Grain Free Granola, Orange Ricotta Sweet Potato Toasts.

Southwest Turkey Taco Bowls [Valerie’s Kitchen], Southwest Quinoa & Grilled Corn Salad [FoodieCrush], Southwestern Barbecue Bacon Burger [Country Cleaver].

Southwest Avocado Chicken Salad

3 comments on “Southwest Avocado Chicken Salad”

  1. This sounds delicious….cannot wait to try it. I recently made your Bush’s Black bean/pineapple salsa and once again EVERYONE loved it. Every time I make it, people ask for the recipe. So glad I found the recipe years ago.

  2. Sounds like a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend!

    Coincidentally, I also spent the weekend in Seattle with my beautiful 35 year old daughter. We had tickets for the U2 concert, and ate at some great spots in Seattle. A fun road trip for us both!

  3. Yes please!!! SOunds sooo good. I truly believe that “mothering” goes beyond our 4 walls. I think of all the young men and women who have come across our paths over the years, and the women who have impacted my life, especially after my own mama was gone!

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