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Chicken salad with balsamic cilantro dressing

This easy and quick chicken salad with lettuce, avocado, tomato, onion, and a balsamic cilantro dressing is a great way to use chicken leftovers.

Chicken salad with balsamic cilantro dressing

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It’s very common for us when we have roasted/grilled chicken or a store bought rotisserie chicken, we always have a little left. It’s not enough for a full meal, but it’s enough chicken meat to use as an addition for a salad. This chicken salad can work as an appetizer salad or as lunch entree salad.

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Chicken salad with balsamic cilantro dressing

I made a quick balsamic cilantro dressing to go with this salad. I am completely in love with the flavor combination of chicken, avocado, balsamic vinegar, and cilantro. The chicken salad also has tomatoes, onions and cucumbers.

Mixed greens, cucumbers, onions, tomatoes and avocado

You can add additional vegetables or leave them out based on your taste and what you have available. During summer grilling season I like to add leftover grilled veggies – grilled eggplant is an amazing addition to this salad.

Chicken and vegetable salad with balsamic cilantro dressing
Chicken salad with balsamic cilantro dressing

Chicken salad with balsamic cilantro dressing

Recipe for a quick and tasty homemade chicken salad with mixed greens, avocado, tomato, cucumber, onions and balsamic cilantro dressing – a great way to use chicken leftovers for a delicious lunch salad.
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Course: Salad
Cuisine: American, Ecuadorian inspired, Latin fusion
Keyword: Avocado, Balsamic cilantro dressing, Chicken, Chicken salad with balsamic cilantro dressing, Leftovers, Quick and easy
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 1 to 2 as a starter salad, for 1 person as main entrée salad


For the balsamic cilantro dressing:

  • 1-2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar adjust based on your preference
  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil adjust based on your preference
  • 1 garlic clove crushed
  • 1 tablespoon roughly chopped cilantro
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the chicken salad:

  • ~2 cups of your choice of mixed salad greens
  • ½ avocado diced or sliced
  • 5-6 grape or cherry tomatoes cut in halves
  • A few slices of red onion
  • 5-6 slices of cucumber
  • ½ cup shredded cooked chicken
  • A few coarsely chopped cilantro leaves


  • To prepare the salad dressing, place the ingredients in a small bowl and whisk lightly. Can be made ahead of time, refrigerate until ready to use.
  • To prepare the salad, arrange the mixed salad greens on a large plate, add the diced avocado, tomatoes, red onions, cucumbers, shredded chicken, and the chopped cilantro.
  • Pour the balsamic cilantro dressing over the salad, toss and serve immediately.

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  1. This salad looks absolute fabulous! It’s just perfect for my husband and I to have for lunch. I have a household of 5, and I always make too much chicken. So I always have a bit leftover. My husband and I are cilantro freaks too. Love love love cilantro!

    Oh and one more thing, I’m from Washington state. I’m from way down in the SW portion though near Portland, OR. But I’ve been to Seattle several times and miss the beauty of the Pacific NW. I live in Indiana now. Oh how I miss good salmon and delicious coffee… LOL

  2. Hi Miss Layla, I love your all your recipe.Hoping all your recipe have video step by step that i can follow all.Thats important for me Please.Thank you so much God bless you and your whole family.

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