Avocado Ranch Chicken Salad


Avocado makes an exceptionally creamy and healthful dressing for this chicken salad. A bit of ranch dressing with pickled jalapeño adds a tangy spin to the lunchtime classic. Serve it on a slice of whole-wheat toast for an open-face sandwich or in a lettuce cup for a low-carb lunch.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
6 servings


  • 1 ripe avocado, halved and pitted

  • cup ranch dressing

  • 2 tablespoons chopped pickled jalapeño

  • 1 tablespoon white-wine vinegar

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper

  • 3 cups shredded or chopped cooked chicken

  • ½ cup diced celery

  • ¼ cup diced red onion


  1. Scoop avocado into a food processor. Add ranch dressing, pickled jalapeño, vinegar, salt and pepper. Pulse until smooth. Transfer to a medium bowl. Add chicken, celery and red onion; mix with a rubber spatula. Serve at room temperature or refrigerate until cold, about 2 hours.


To make ahead: Refrigerate, covered, for up to 1 day.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

361 Calories
23g Fat
5g Carbs
33g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Serving Size 2/3 cup
Calories 361
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 33g 65%
Total Fat 23g 30%
Saturated Fat 5g 26%
Cholesterol 117mg 39%
Vitamin A 175IU 3%
Vitamin C 4mg 5%
Folate 41mcg 10%
Sodium 350mg 15%
Calcium 27mg 2%
Iron 2mg 11%
Magnesium 39mg 9%
Potassium 434mg 9%

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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