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Healthy Chicken Mango Salad

easy and healthy chicken salad recipe loaded with tender and juicy chicken, avocado, mango, veggies, and greens. Then tossed in with a homemade poppyseed dressing.
Course Main Course, Salad
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 815kcal
Author Rena

Ingredients

For chicken avocado mango salad:

  • 1 lb. chicken breasts 2 medium
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt or to taste
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper or to taste
  • 1/2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 3-4 cups fresh arugula
  • 2/3 cup grape tomatoes
  • 2 garden cucumbers
  • 1 mango
  • 1 avocado
  • 1/2 small purple onion

For poppy seed dressing:

  • 1 tbsp. maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt or to taste
  • 1/4 tsp. ground dry mustard
  • 1/4 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. poppy seeds

Instructions

  • Mix all the salad dressing ingredients to a bowl and refrigerate until ready to use.
  • Season the chicken breast with salt and pepper. Grill chicken using an outdoor grill until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 F
  • To cook the chicken indoors, heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Place the chicken breast on the skillet and cook until both sides are nicely golden brown. about 3 minutes on each side.
  • Once done, remove from the heat, and allow it to rest for 10 minutes, then cut into cubes.
  • Next, prepare the veggies, rinse and spin the arugula until thoroughly dried, or shake to remove the excess water and pat dry with paper towels.
  • Chop the onion, cut the tomatoes in half and slice the cucumber.
  • Peel the mango. Using a sharp knife carefully cut the mango around the pit. Dice the mango halves and set aside.
  • Cut the avocado in half and remove the pit. Using a tablespoon scoop out the flesh from the avocados and dice them.
  • Place all the veggies and chicken cubes into a large salad bowl. Pour the poppy seed dressing on top.
  • Toss well until all the ingredients are coated into the dressing.Enjoy!

Notes

Substitutes:
  • You can replace the chicken with any other protein like shrimp.
  • Use any other greens of choice. We used arugula but others will work just fine.
  • Feel free to add other veggies like sweet peppers. 
  • Oil: any other oil other than olive oil will work.
  • Maple syrup can be replaced with honey
  • Chicken can be grilled outdoors until they reach an internal temperature of 165F. 
Storage:
Place leftovers in a container and store in the fridge for up to 3 days. Serve cold the next day. Do not freeze.
Nutritional facts:
Please keep in mind that the nutritional information is calculated using a nutrition facts calculator. It is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used.

Nutrition

Calories: 815kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 55g | Fat: 49g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 145mg | Sodium: 1247mg | Potassium: 2195mg | Fiber: 13g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 2676IU | Vitamin C: 73mg | Calcium: 175mg | Iron: 3mg