Green Goddess Salad with Chicken

For this cucumber, tomato, Swiss cheese and chicken salad recipe, a healthy green goddess salad dressing recipe gets its creaminess from avocado, buttermilk and herbs. Any extra dressing is delicious served over grilled chicken or flaky white fish, such as cod or flounder.

Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
15 mins
1 serving, about 5 cups salad



  • 1 avocado, peeled and pitted

  • 1 ½ cups buttermilk

  • ¼ cup fresh chopped herbs (such as tarragon, sorrel, mint, parsley and/or cilantro)

  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar

  • ½ teaspoon salt


  • 3 cups chopped romaine lettuce

  • 1 cup sliced cucumber

  • 3 ounces sliced (or diced) cooked boneless, skinless chicken breast (see Tip)

  • ½ cup diced low-fat Swiss cheese (2 ounces)

  • 6 cherry tomatoes, halved if desired


  1. To prepare dressing: Place avocado, buttermilk, herbs, vinegar and salt in a blender and puree until smooth. (Makes about 1 3/4 cups dressing.)

  2. To prepare salad: Toss lettuce and cucumber in a bowl with 1 tablespoon of the dressing. Top with chicken, cheese and tomatoes. (Refrigerate the extra dressing for up to 3 days.)


To make ahead: Cover and refrigerate leftover dressing for up to 3 days.

Tip: If you don't have cooked chicken, you can poach it to use in a recipe. Place boneless, skinless chicken breasts in a skillet or saucepan. Add lightly salted water to cover and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to a simmer and cook until no longer pink in the middle, 10 to 15 minutes, depending on size. (Eight ounces raw boneless, skinless chicken breast yields about 1 cup sliced, diced or shredded cooked chicken.)

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

296 Calories
7g Fat
15g Carbs
43g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 1
Calories 296
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 15g 5%
Dietary Fiber 6g 20%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 43g 86%
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 83mg 28%
Vitamin A 13361IU 267%
Vitamin C 25mg 27%
Folate 236mcg 59%
Sodium 240mg 10%
Calcium 634mg 49%
Iron 3mg 16%
Magnesium 90mg 21%
Potassium 1045mg 22%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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