With summer being so hot here in Seattle, and our house being a heat withholding wooden box, I have tried desperately to find recipes that don’t require the oven or the stove. It is also nice to find recipes that are easy to throw together for a picnic or even for camping. Another bonus is when it’s healthy and refreshing too!
In this family, we love nothing more than a fresh avocado. Summer here is known for a few tasty things, berries and avocados from California. Nothing…I tell you, nothing, is better than a fresh, ripe avocado. Combine that into a tasty dinner recipe and life couldn’t be better. (Sorry, avocado haters. More for me!) We really like recipes that have good flavor and a variety of fresh ingredients, so this summer salad is a big favorite for us now. It’s quick and easy to prepare, which is fantastic for me, my toddler doesn’t really like to watch me cook for hours. Can’t blame him though, I wouldn’t want to watch someone cook, that just sounds boring. He helps with basic cooking tasks, and he actually helped make the dressing for this salad, he’s a pro at stirring things together. All in all, if I had to rate this on the 5 star scale, it would definitely get a 5, for both taste and ease of preparation. So, here we go! Give it a try and let me know what you think of it!
Chicken Avocado Salad
Recipe adapted from various recipes, instructions taken in part from Kalyn’s Kitchen blog.
- 2 cups chicken, cooked and shredded. I find using a rotisserie chicken is great, speeds up the process, all you have to do is shred it!
- 2 medium, ripe avocados, diced into chunks.
- 2 tablespoons lime juice, separated
- salt, to taste
- 1/4 cup finely diced green onions
- 1/2 cup chopped cilantro, coarsely or finely chopped is fine, depends what your preference is.
- 2 tablespoons mayonnaise, or light mayonnaise
Serve right away or chill for a while before serving.
One of my favorite things about summer are the many varieties of salads and slaws there are. From fruit salads, to macaroni salad, potato salad…all sorts! But my favorite…it just has to be coleslaw. I don’t know why but I just love the flavor and how well it pairs with the many entrees of summer like fried chicken or even steak. This coleslaw recipe that I want to share is actually one straight from Kraft. It’s wonderful! Something to be said about making your own versus just buying the pre-made kits or a tub from the Deli. This slaw is wonderful because it features fresh fruit, crunchy apples and tart cranberries.
Creamy Apple Cranberry Coleslaw
1 cup Kraft MIRACLE WHIP Dressing
1/4 cup milk
2 tablespoons white vinegar
1-1/2 tablespoon sugar
1 pkg. (16 oz.) coleslaw blend (cabbage slaw mix)
1 medium crisp apple (such as Granny Smith, Braeburn or Fuji), chopped
1/2 cup dried cranberries (I used Craisins)
Whisk salad dressing, milk, vinegar and sugar together in a small bowl until well blended. In a large bowl, add coleslaw blend, chopped apple and cranberries. Pour prepared dressing over top and mix together until well combined. Refrigerate until serving, approximately one hour.
(The direct link for this recipe on the Kraft page is here: http://www.kraftrecipes.com/recipes/creamy-apple-cranberry-coleslaw-148466.aspx?cm_mmc=social-_-facebook-_-timeline-_-recipe . They have a lot of other amazing recipes so I figured I would include it for anyone interested.)
And there you go! A tasty coleslaw that’s sure to please even the little ones! Happy grilling!