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December 04, 2015 / Nicole Villeneuve

Allergy-Free Friday: Avocado-Lime Chicken Salad

Welcome to Allergy-Free Friday, where we're sharing our favorite recipes from the PlateJoy library that are free of gluten, dairy, eggs, tree nuts, peanuts, eggs and soy.

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Chicken salad is a classic lunch staple, but most versions use either dairy or a boatload of mayo to get that delicious creaminess. And leaving them out means your chicken salad is just a pile of dry chicken. Nobody likes a pile of dry chicken. Allergy-Free Avocado Chicken Salad

Enter avocado to save the day. This allergy-free chicken salad is still deliciously creamy, but without any dairy or eggs. The lime and cilantro also offer a great flavor boost, so with only six ingredients and five minutes, lunch is served.

Serves 2

8 oz cooked chicken (if purchased pre-cooked, check to make sure it's gluten-free!)
1 avocado
1 lime
2 green onions
1/4 cup cilantro
4 butter lettuce leaves

  1. Shred chicken into bite-size chunks. Dice avocado. Juice and de-seed lime. Thinly slice green onion. Chop cilantro.

  2. Peel avocado and place in a large bowl; drizzle with lime juice and sprinkle with salt. Add green onion, cilantro and chicken. Mix well to combine, and season well with salt and pepper to taste.

  3. Separate and wash lettuce leaves. Place on a plate and fill with chicken salad. Enjoy with a fruit of your choice on the side

Nicole Villeneuve

Nicole Villeneuve is a certified Diabetes Prevention Lifestyle Coach. A graduate of Yale University, she previously worked in book publishing, with a focus on cookbooks and health, and ran the food blog Paper and Salt. Her writing has been featured in Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, The New York Times Magazine, The Paris Review, and The Daily Beast. Nicole lives in San Francisco and loves cooking, reading, exploring new restaurants, and running by the ocean. You can (very occasionally) find her on Twitter.

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