foodie fridays: grilled chicken, mango, and avocado quinoa salad
A couple of weeks ago on a snowy May afternoon, I came home and found a package on my front porch.
I’m still trying to erase from my mind that snow boots and a heavy coat were part of my attire on that day. Also, one should never have to search for a snow scraper in May. It’s just wrong. Mother Nature can be such a drama queen.
Trying to keep my mind distracted from the falling snow flakes and slushed-filled street, I opened the package with great anticipation. Inside was a fruit gizmo goodie bag from the lovely folks at Oxo. It was like looking into a UPS crystal ball filled with rays of sunshine and all things summer. I knew that in a few short weeks, my summer eating was going to be fruit-a-licious!
Now, just like every girl needs need a variety of shoes in her closet, she also needs a variety of gadgets in the kitchen. Cherry picker? You never know when you’ll bring back cherries from Washington. Strawberry Huller? A must. I buy strawberries by the pound at the Farmers Market and I don’t want to waste time slicing the tops off. Lame sauce. A mango cutter? You betcha! Cutting a mango by hand is so 1993. I am completely smitten with the mango cutter. When I am at the grocery store, I tend to give the mango the stink-eye because I don’t want to deal with the chopping drama.
So, you could imagine how excited I was when the mango cutter arrived in my life. Check out how easy it is to cut a mango! (Mind, the man hands. I really need a woman assistant on food blog call).
All you have to do is place the mango vertically and press down with cutter! Voila! Instant mango slices. Can I get AMEN?!
After you have your slices, cut away the skin, and chop them into chunks. Throw the mango into a drink, dessert, or might I recommend into this chicken, mango, avocado quinoa salad. If you’re like me and would rather pound dirt than stand over a hot stove when it’s 174 degrees outside, this simple and refreshing salad is my go-to. It’s full of creamy avocado, grilled chicken, juicy mango, and heart-healthy quinoa. It’s summer in a bowl!
Disclaimer: I was given the mango cutter from Oxo to review. I was not compensated for this post. All opinions expressed are of my own.
Grilled Chicken, Mango, and Avocado Quinoa Salad
1 1/2 cups quinoa, cooked
1 lb chicken tenders
salt and pepper
1/3 cup olive oil plus 1 tablespoon cooking oil
1 large mango, peeled, chopped
1 large avocado, halved, pitted, chopped
1 cup red onion, chopped
1/2 cup parsley, chopped
2 limes, juiced
Preheat a skillet to medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon olive to skillet. Salt and pepper both sides of chicken tenders. Place chicken tenders in skillet. Cook for about 4 to 5 minutes on each side. Once cooked, set aside to let cool and then dice.
In a large mixing bowl, combine mango, avocado, parsley, quinoa, red onion, chicken, 1/3 cup olive oil, salt/pepper, and lime juice. Serve as a main or as a side dish!
adapted from Food and Wine MagazineAll images and text ©
I love this salad Lauren! So summer and light and just perfect! YUM!
Have a great weekend!
Thanks, Tieghan! Have a great weekend!
Ok – I have scrolled through this post several times and I can’t find the actual recipe. Am I missing something?
Sorry, Samantha! I completely had a blonde moment and forget to click the add recipe button. It should show now! Sorry about that! Have a great weekend:)
Haha – no problem! I am just glad that I am not going crazy! 🙂
Ah, I just got into a fight with a mango yesterday at breakfast and ended up wasting some of the precious fruit! I needed this guy on my side. I love handy tools, and your salad looks like an amazing way to put these too good use 🙂
Erin, you really need to get your mitts on this mango cutter! I’m telling you, it’s a life savor! Mangos around the world are so happy! Have a great weekend!
I am completely jealous of your new kitchen toys! And this salad looks fantastic! I might make it and sub tofu for chicken. Is this allowable? 🙂
Friend, it’s totally allowable! I miss you!! xoxo
I need that do-hicky!
Claire, you totally need it! I’m telling ya, it’s a life savor!
This salad is calling my name! Also, totally in love with my Oxo summer fruit tools!!! Finally putting my mango slicer to work this weekend to make some popsicles.
Oxo is the best!! They really nailed it out of the park with their fruit tools! Have a great weekend!
Mango and avocado together…my life is complete! Love this, girl!
Thanks, Cassie! I hope you are having a good weekend!
Oh man, last time I made one of your quinoa salads, I ate it almost every day for two weeks! haha Can’t even wait to try this one!
You are too sweet! This is another good one – light and refreshing!
Ohhhh this salad looks perfect for this time of year! I need to get ahold of some OXO merchandise…that mango core-er is brilliant!
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