Whole30 Approved: Avocado Sonoma Chicken Salad

So, this chicken salad is so good that I’ve made it twice in the span of a week. My goal was to create something that tastes like Whole Foods’ Sonoma Chicken Salad (you know, the one that costs like $11.99/pound?) but is Whole30 approved and not a pain in the butt to create. I have to say: mission accomplished.

You’ll need (makes 4-6 servings):

  • 1.5 pounds cooked chicken (grilled, baked, boiled, whatever). I used pre-grilled TJs chicken, which made this recipe even easier to make.
  • a few bunches red seedless grapes, halved
  • 4-5 celery stalks, diced
  • about a cup of pecan pieces, toasted
  • 2 ripe avocados
  • juice from one small lemon
  • salt and pepper to taste

Make it:

  • Make sure your pecans are toasted. It’s easy to do. Just heat your pecan pieces over medium heat until fragrant (no oil needed) and be careful not to burn ‘em!
  • Cut the chicken into small, bite-sized pieces and place in a medium bowl.
  • Add grapes and celery.
  • Peel and pit the avocados and then mash them in the bowl with the chicken, grapes, and celery. Really smash them in there until they coat everything.
  • Squeeze lemon juice over everything.
  • Add pecans, salt, and pepper as you continue to mix the salad. Make sure to incorporate all the ingredients well.

That’s it! So easy and so delicious. It tastes so much like Whole Foods’ version, but no mayo and no $11.99/pound. Woo!

Find out everything you need to know about the Whole30 on the Whole9 website!

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