Chicken Avocado Salad with Toasted Pecans

This Chicken Avocado Salad is a delicious and quick meal that is perfect for lunch or dinner. Here are the best tips for assembling a healthy and balanced salad recipe. Paleo and Whole30 friendly!

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IN THIS POST: Everything you need to make Chicken Avocado Salad

Ingredients for this recipe

  • cooked chicken – you can use leftover rotisserie chicken or poached chicken breasts.
  • mayo – try this recipe for easy homemade mayonnaise (spoiler: it is simply olive oil and egg!)
  • grapes – red or green – totally up to you!
  • pecans – toasted is soooo much lovelier – check out my easy how-to toast pecans!
  • celery – check your produce aisle to see if they single stalks of celery if you don’t want the entire bunch.
  • avocado – pick a ripe but firm fruit
  • tarragon – this herb has a peppery-dill flavor and is a key ingredient for any good chicken salad.

How to make avocado chicken salad

Super easy instructions for this avocado chicken salad recipe!

First, start by cutting the avocado into chunks.

a ripe avocado on a cutting board.

Second, shred or cube the chicken.

shredded rotisserie in a container.

Third, toast the pecans.

pecans toasting in a pan.

Next, add the mayo and seasonings to a large mixing bowl and stir. Add the chicken, celery, grapes, and toasted pecans to the mixture and stir again.

Finally, fold in the chopped avocado and serve.

a plate of chicken avocado salad.

Serving Suggestions:

  • Start with lettuce wraps! I recommended Bibb lettuce if you go that route. Its cup shape is the best vessel to hold in all the chicken salad goodness.
  • Spin it into a salad! Romaine lettuce is my go-to for crisp, hearty salads. Maybe crumble some bacon on top.
  • Skip the lettuce altogether and just eat this right out of the avocado.
  • Use as a sandwich filling or as a wrap with a whole wheat tortilla. Add in some sliced red onion and cucumber!
a plate of chicken avocado salad.

FAQS, Tips, and Substitutions:

  • How do you pick a ripe avocado? It should feel firm to the touch but not hard and it should be a green color underneath the stem when you peel it off. You know I have been rummaging through the avocados when all the stems are gone! haha
  • If you want a keto or low-carb dish omit the grapes.
  • Substitute Greek yogurt for the mayo.
  • Swap out the grapes, pecans, and tarragon for chopped tomatoes, corn, fresh cilantro, and garlic powder for some southwestern flavors. Finish it with a squeeze of lime juice or lemon juice.
  • Substitute the grapes for some chopped apple.
  • Store any leftovers in the fridge for up to 2 days.
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This recipe was originally posted on May 17, 2019, updated on October 24, 2019,  and updated again on May 12, 2022, with recipe notes, writing, and new photos.*

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Chicken Avocado Salad With Toasted Pecans – Easy + Healthy

Sharon Rhodes
This Chicken Avocado Salad is a delicious and quick meal that is perfect for lunch or dinner. Here are the best tips for assembling a healthy and balanced salad recipePaleo and Whole30 friendly!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
0 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Dinner, lunch, Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 2
Calories 813 kcal



  • In a large bowl, stir together the mayo and the salt, pepper and tarragon.
  • Stir in the chicken and celery and then the grapes and pecans. Toss in the avocado and serve.
  • Store leftovers in a sealed container in the fridge.



  • If you want a keto or low-carb dish omit the grapes.
  • Substitute Greek yogurt for the mayo.
  • Swap out the grapes, pecans, and tarragon for chopped tomatoes, corn, fresh cilantro, and garlic powder for some southwestern flavors. Finish it with a squeeze of lime juice or lemon juice.
  • Substitute the grapes for some chopped apple.
  • Store any leftovers in the fridge for up to 2 days.


Calories: 813kcalCarbohydrates: 18gProtein: 69gFat: 52gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 19gMonounsaturated Fat: 22gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 190mgSodium: 351mgPotassium: 1201mgFiber: 9gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 319IUVitamin C: 12mgCalcium: 69mgIron: 3mg
Keyword Avocado Chicken Salad, chicken salad recipe
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  1. 5 stars
    Delicious! This is my favourite kind of recipe- healthy and hearty and simple too. Such a bonus that it’s gluten free too without tasting like it’s missing anything! Thanks:-)

  2. Quite Different and interesting recipe.
    Your presentation is very unique.
    Thanks for sharing your brilliant recipe with us.
    Loved it.. !! Keep Posting !!

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