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Chicken and Avocado Salad with Lime and Cilantro (VIDEO)

Low-Carb Chicken and Avocado Salad with Lime and Cilantro has a perfect combination of flavors, and this recipe is also gluten-free, Keto, low-glycemic, and can be Paleo or Whole 30; use the Diet-Type Index to find more recipes like this one.

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This Chicken and Avocado Salad with Lime and Cilantro is something I’ve made over and over since my sister Pam first told me about it. I wasn’t too fond of the original photo of the finished dish, so when I made it again recently I also updated the photo; enjoy!

I love the way social media spreads good ideas around the web, and this salad is my version of one my sister Pam got from a friend, who found it on Pinterest. The e-mail I got from Pam had just a list of ingredients and some suggestions, so when I made the salad I kind of made up my own directions. Then when I got ready to post my Chicken and Avocado Salad with Lime and Cilantro, I wanted to credit the source if I could find it, and when I copied what Pam had sent me and entered it into the search on Pinterest I found Avocado Chicken Salad from Becoming Betty.

My version has larger chunks of chicken and avocado, and I made the lime and mayonnaise into more of a dressing, while the original version is more mixed together. This salad was so good that the amount I made above didn’t even last a day at my house (although I *did* have help eating it from Jake.) If you like these ingredients, I promise this salad is going to be a keeper!

If you want to skip the photos below and watch a video instead, here is a video of how to make this recipe. See more recipe videos on My You Tube Channel.

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I started with two cups of shredded chicken from a rotisserie chicken.  We kept the chunks of chicken pretty large. Dice up 2 medium avocados, and toss them with 1 T fresh-squeezed lime juice. Slice up about 1/4 cup thinly sliced green onion. You also want at least 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro.  (We chopped the cilantro very fine so the cilantro flavor would be all through the salad, but you could chop it coarser than this if you prefer. Cilantro avoiders can use more thinly sliced green onion and skip the cilantro!)

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I mixed 2 T mayo and 1 T fresh squeezed lime juice to make the dressing.  (Remember there is already some lime juice on the avocado, so if you’re not that crazy about lime you could use a bit less. Use an approved mayo if you’re Paleo.) Put the chicken in a bowl large enough to hold all the ingredients, add the sliced green onions and dressing and mix well, so all the chicken is coated with dressing. Add the avocado with the lime juice that’s in the bottom of the bowl and mix gently to combine. Then add the finely chopped cilantro and gently mix again, just until it’s barely combined.

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 Serve Chicken and Avocado Salad with Lime and Cilantro right away or chill.

More Salad Ideas with Avocado:

15 Amazing Low-Carb Salads with Avocado ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Garden Balsamic Avocado Salad ~ Oh Sweet Basil
Heart of Palm Salad with Tomato, Avocado, and Lime – with or without Cilantro ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Grilled Avocado and Tomato Salad ~ The Baker Mama
Not-so-Dumb Salad with Cucumbers, Tomatoes, and Avocado ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Avocado Quinoa Salad ~ Chelsea’s Messy Apron

Chicken and Avocado Salad with Lime and Cilantro


  • 2 cups cooked chicken, shredded into large pieces
  • 2 medium avocados, diced
  • 1 T + 1 T fresh squeezed lime juice
  • salt, to taste (I didn’t use too much salt because you can always add more at the table.)
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced green onion
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro (or chop it more coarsely if you prefer)
  • 2 T mayo of your choice


  1. Shred the chicken apart until you have 2 cups of chicken shredded into fairly large chunks.   Dice the avocados into medium-sized pieces, mix with 1 T of the lime juice, and season avocado with salt to taste.  Thinly slice the green onion and finely chop the cilantro.  Mix mayo and 1 T lime juice to make the dressing
  2. Put the chicken into a bowl large enough to hold all the salad ingredients.  Add the sliced green onions and dressing and toss until all the chicken is coated with dressing.  Add the avocado and any lime juice in the bottom of the bowl and gently combine with the chicken.  Then add the chopped cilantro and gently mix into the salad, just until it is barely combined.
  3. Serve right away or chill for a while before serving.  This could be served inside pita bread or sandwich bread, or inside crisp lettuce cups, but we just ate it as a salad.  (I would imagine this would be fine in the fridge overnight but I didn’t have any left over when I made it!)

Recipe was adapted from Avocado Chicken Salad from Becoming Betty, which my sister Pam’s friend found on Pinterest.

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
This recipe would be good for most low-carb eating plans, and it’s Paleo if you use approved mayo. The salad would be approved for any phase of the South Beach Diet, but remember that avocados and mayonnaise are both a limited food due to the fat content.  I would not eat more than 1/4 amount of this as a serving if you’re eating it for Phase One.

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120 comments on “Chicken and Avocado Salad with Lime and Cilantro (VIDEO)”

  1. Oops, forgot to enable follow up email comments : )

  2. Megan and Gregg, I haven't made it with anything but mayo (which I personally don't consider yucky, by the way.) I believe in letting everyone make their own food choices, so labeling my choice with words like that is not really something I like seeing in a comment on one of my favorite recipes ever. And no idea what you mean by "enable follow up e-mail comments?" I don't have that feature.

  3. I did not mean to offend you. I apologize. I have learned that canola and soybean oils are not considered healthy oils by many because of their ability to go rancid quickly and the likelyhood that they contain GMOs. I try to avoid those oils and all mayo I have seen at the store contains them.

    There is a place when you post a comment where you click a box to receive follow up emails. That is all I meant because I wanted to be sure to see your comment if you replied.

    I completely agree that we each make our own food choices and I apologize for assuming you felt the same as me. That was inappropriate of me. I was typing absent mindedly as I tended to my children. God bless!

  4. Megan, thanks for the apology, and sorry if I was harsh, but that is a huge pet peeve of mine! Would love to hear how it works if you try with yogurt or sour cream.

  5. Thank you, I will let you know!

  6. This is a keeper for me….all my favorite green tastes together….avocado, cilantro and lime. Thanks, Kalyn.

  7. Wanda, hope you enjoy it as much as I have. I've made this over and over and enjoyed it every time!

  8. Just curious, what's your favorite mayo?

  9. Trixie, I like Best Foods (called Hellmans in the eastern part of the U.S.)

  10. Pinned this and tried it tonight. Oh to the delicious! Yum. Thank you!

  11. So glad you enjoyed it!

  12. This was delicious!! Just made it and taking to a BBQ today! I love the combo of flavors! I couldn't decide between making that or your recipe for tomato avocado lime salad– so I just sort of combined the 2!! I hope I have some leftover today but probably won't! So very good.. Thanks for such a great low carb recipe. Don't plan on using bread or pita- just fabulous as is! Thanks!!

  13. Heidi, I really love this recipe too; so glad you enjoyed it!

  14. superb idea love it this looks delicious recipe…

  15. I really do not like Mayo… Do you think using Greek yogurt would be ok?

  16. I can't say for sure, since I've never tried it with yogurt, and I might be the wrong person to ask since I'm a big mayo fan. But I'm skeptical; it seems like the lime juice mixed with Greek yogurt might be too watery. Maybe try half mayo and half Greek yogurt? Let us know how it works if you do try with yogurt.

  17. This recipe looks like a perfect and easy lunch.
    One question though- if I was going to make it the night before for lunch the next day, would the avocado be brown by the time I was ready to eat it?

  18. The lime juice will keep the avocado from turning brown, although if you can combine the salad right before you eat it, that's definitely best.

  19. I made this today and LOVED it! Even my meat-and-potatoes boyfriend enjoyed it. Thanks!

  20. Kelli, so glad you liked it!

  21. Oh my goodness…I just made this chicken salad and it is so good. My friends are going to love this and so easy to make! Thank you for sharing!

  22. Donna, I love this too; so glad you enjoyed it.

  23. This is a Venezuelan recipe from the 50's! It was invented here in Caracas, in a Arepas (Venezuelan round corn Bread) joint-restaurant, to honor Mrs. Susana Duijm who won the 1955 Miss World Peagent bakc them and also was the first Latina on that time. We have been eating this for years and in all the Arepas joint in the whole Venezuelan soil, you can find it.

  24. Luis, how fun to hear that! Thanks for sharing the info.

  25. I just made this and it was awesome! I didn't have mayo so a substituted some plain yogurt and it turned out better than I could have hoped! My boyfriend had it on potato bread and I had it as a topping on a bed of spinach! I like it so much I might just use it as a chip dip.

  26. I made this tonight! It was really good (and I'm not even a fan of cilantro). I added some sun dried tomatos to mine!

  27. This looks so yum. Saw it on Facebook and now I'm gonna pin it, then I'm gonna make it!

  28. I just made this and it is soooo amazingly yummy! I used Greek yogurt instead of mayo. I couldn't stop eating it. Neither could my son. Thanks for the recipe!

  29. (Aside: You can always use at least half sour cream or yogurt for mayo.) This is a really great recipe for leftover roasted chicken! Thank you! Pick the bones for the meat, then simmer the bones with vegetable scraps or whatever for bone broth. I used to always make chicken soup with the leftover roasted chicken, adding the picked meat to the soup, but find I have a calling for broth so much that I am looking for recipes for the picked chicken.

  30. I mixed a little picante salsa with sour cream instead of the mayo dressing; added a couple of chopped up jalapeno rings and we gobbled it down .. fantastic! Thanks for another great recipe.

  31. Would it work if I used Greek yogurt instead of mayo? I really don't like mayo…

    • I really can't answer that because 1) I haven't made it that way and 2) I love mayo. So it's probably a personal preference. You might look through the comments and see if someone has made it that way.

  32. Can I substitute the mayo for sour cream? Not a fan of mayo

    • Truthfully I'm not sure how it will work with sour cream since I haven't tried it; you might read through the comments to see if anyone mentions trying it. If you do try that I'd love to hear how it works.

  33. I made this last week, super tasty, had it wrapped in lettuce. I used vegenaise, we have a kiddo with an extreme egg allergy, so we don't even have mayo in the house anymore, out of caution. Sometimes I miss it, but we have all gotten used to it. I added a few things like, the first garden cucumber of the season, a few roasted baby potatoes from the garden, and well there was a bit of cheese on the cutting board, so that went in to. Delish!

  34. Kayln, I remember this recipe from a couple of years ago but I thought it used tuna instead of chicken and plain yogurt instead of mayo??? Am I crazy?

    • Of course you aren't crazy! There's a similar recipe with tuna, cilantro, and lime that has cucumbers but I don't think it has yogurt. I would give you the link but I'm on my phone but enter "tuna, cilantro, lime" into the search bar you would find it.

  35. This is delicious! Since I am allergic to eggs, I used plain non fat Greek yogurt. I am not sure how these mayo based salads are suppose to taste. This is my first. I really liked how this dish tasted. Thank you for this recipe!

  36. Just made this and I can confirm it is wonderful — and so easy with the rotisserie chicken.

  37. Greetings from Melbourne, Australia! I made this tonight for my partner and i for a light dinner as we are smack bang in the middle of summer – 102 degrees tomorrow! This is such a balanced and delicious meal! It is versatile as well – enjoy alone or have as a snack or lunch within a lettuce cup, roll or sandwich. I have added this to my recipe collection and i can guarantee this will be eaten many, many times in the future. Thank you for sharing this with your followers!

    • Hi Laura, how fun to hear from someone in Melbourne. I just finished reading a book that was set in Australia! So glad you enjoyed this. Definitely one of my personal favorites!

  38. Thank you so much for this recipe! I made it last night and it was delicious. The only thing I added was some red chili flakes. My husband is not a fan of chicken but went back for seconds and took the leftovers for lunch! Winner in my book. I can see I'll be making this all summer long, yum. BTW that's two for two on my husband taking one of your recipes for lunch. The other was your ham & cauliflower casserole. You're making phase one much easier for me…

  39. Made this for lunch today and it was delightful. We have some leftovers for lunch tomorrow, but only because I’m trying to watch my portion control. Otherwise, I’d have finished it off in one sitting…it’s that good!

  40. LOVE! There’s something about avocado anything and i’m in!

  41. I made this a couple days ago and it was good,  I tossed in some black olives,  I love mayo and olives. I sometimes eat a mayo and olive sandwich.  

    Anyway, great and quick recipe! Thanks again! 🙂 Lisa

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  43. I think this salad by itself is a good healthy choice. I made it using greek yogurt and tasted fabulous! Thanks

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  45. Just made this! It is so good! I will definitely be making it again

  46. Superb Recipe thanks dear

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