Wednesday, May 22, 2013

avocado garbanzo jicama chicken salad

Pinterest introduced me to the idea of using avocado as the creamy element for a chicken salad. Hallelujah! I have an aversion to mayonnaise (worst foodie ever, I know), so I'm always excited to find new ingredient-binding possibilities.

Inspired by guacamole, I decided to make the whole chicken salad Mexican-influenced. Instead of celery for crunch, I used Jicama, and I added garbanzo beans, cilantro and cumin to add to the south-of-the-border gusto. I also added a little bit of Créma, a Mexican sour cream, for added tang and richness. If you are going for lower fat or vegan I don't think the salad would suffer without it.


This is my new favorite quick meal, I think. The big drawback is that avocado browns quickly. My salad stayed mostly green overnight, and even when it got a bit brown, it still tasted okay. Anyway, plan to make this for several people, or halve the recipe, as it just doesn't last long.

Avocado Garbanzo Jicama Chicken Salad
-2 ripe avocados
-juice from 1 lime
-1 can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
-1 small jicama, peeled and cubed
-1 cup cooked chicken, chopped
-1 handful cilantro, chopped
-2 Tablespoons Créma or Sour Cream
-1 teaspoon cumin
-salt and pepper to taste

Mash the avocados with the lime juice until creamy. Fold in the rest of the ingredients. Serve immediately in a tortilla (I loved it in a wheat tortilla that I heated up over direct flame for some charred spots!), on bread or on some fresh greens. Garnish with tomatoes, cilantro and fresh lime. And Tapatio hot sauce, duh.


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1 comment:

shannon weber said...

I'm in love with this recipe: it's so perfect for summer lunches. Great photo.