Garlic Chicken and Avocado Salad


I will tell you what's amazing. At one side of the world, YOU, yes YOU! Could have struggled to wake up this morning because it is still dark. It is so cold you wish you didn't have to get out of bed. When you come home from work, you long for something comforting and a hot bowl of soup.. and a warm dessert... and a hot cup of tea afterwards.

BUT on my side of the world, aka Australia... when I get up in the morning, the sun's already been up a few hours. Well, sort of. I have already kicked my blanket out of the way because it's hot. When I come home, I try not to use the stove as much, as I get all sweaty from the heat it generates. Yes, summer is here in Australia.

Tis the season to eat salads.

Look, I don't mind salads. But it has to be fairly fulfilling. I can't just go from eating delicious wholesome meals to a plain leafy salad. It needs to have lots of color, lots of AMAZING flavor and textures. Which is why I'm sharing this recipe today, just a little something I've put together based on the ingredients I had in my pantry. Enjoy!


Ingredients:
4 chicken thigh fillets
2 tsp minced garlic
Salt and pepper
Olive oil
Rockets leaves
Cherry tomatoes
Fresh bean shoots
1 green capsicum
1 can whole champignons, sliced in half
100g almond flakes, lightly toasted
2 avocados, chopped
2 tbsp Italian salad dressing
2 tbsp aioli (garlic mayonnaise)
1 tsp curry powder

Method:
In a frying pan, heat olive oil. Rub chicken fillets with garlic and lightly season with salt and pepper. Cook chicken in pan for approx. 5 - 7 minutes on each side. Set aside to cool before slicing chicken.

In a salad bowl, mix rockets, tomatoes, bean shoots, capsicum, champignons and Italian dressing.

Mix curry powder with aioli, gently mix with chopped avocado.

To serve, make a bed of salad leaves mixture, top with avocado mixture, followed by warm slices of chicken and garnish with fresh coriander leaves (optional) and toasted almonds.




55 comments:

sinfullyspicy said...

Loove Loove avacados..what a vibrant and fresh looking dish! Beautiful clicks! Lucky you to have bright days..here its dark at 4 p.m.

eatgreek.net said...

excellent salad! love it! :D

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...

I have to wait for few years then my kids will appreciate salad, i would love to try this simple and yummy salad

JayP said...

I know exactly what you mean Kimberley. We love salad but there's got to be something more to it. No point still being hungry when you've eaten it all. This looks great.

It's a strange world really isn't it? We're just heading towards the colder months and starting to prepare soups and other comfort foods.

Angellove's Cooking said...

OMG :) You are amazing!!! Are you a culinary miracle machine :)??? Everything you do is just perfect!! I should try this salad :)

Dajana said...

That really is amazing, I'm freezing and craving warm soups, while you're swiching to almost cold dishes. But your salad would be just delicious any time of the year. Excellent idea, and I love the ingredients you used

Carolyn said...

I'm one of the ones struggling to get out of bed in the dark! I feel a little jealous of your summer, but I suppose our roles will be switched next May. I will keep your lovely salad on hold until then ;)

Amy Bakes Everything said...

OMG that looks great! I always think salads are better when someone else makes them! I love that you used chicken thighs...The unsung hero of the chicken!

Wilde in the Kitchen said...

I am terribly jealous of your warm weather right now! (I'm getting ready to bundle up and walk to work!) This salad looks perfect for a hot night, or a busy one!

Leah @ Beyer Beware said...

This looks amazing. Can't wait to try it.

Yesim said...

it looks so delicious.. it s getting cold here, u r lucky..;)

Design Wine and Dine said...

What a nice salad! I adore salads with avocados - they are my all time favorite!!!

busygran said...

Kimberly, you always come up with something good and delicious. I love the salad.

Pretend Chef said...

That looks so delicious! I love to look through the pantry and fridge and throw everything I possibly can into my salad to make it more filling. Will need to keep this flavor combination in mind for four months from now when the spring weather comes back!

Fashion Meets Food said...

Gosh you have me wanting this salad right now. It looks absolutely amazing, and like an explosion of flavor. Thanks for much for sharing. Have a fabulous Monday!

xo

Maren said...

I always love seeing the salads people just come up with form stuff in the kitchen. I need to make more salads.

happywhennothungry said...

This salad looks so fresh and delicious. Thanks for sharing!

Torviewtoronto said...

congrats on top 9
flavourful delicious salad

Heather said...

So colorful and delicious looking! Great job. :)

Michael Toa said...

I didn't want to wake up and go to work this morning. I prefer snuggling under the duvet. It's chilly here in the UK. The salad looks so summery and delicious. yum.

Bo said...

Beautiful salad...I wish it were spring here.

ravienomnoms said...

This looks divine!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

After all the glutony of the holidays I will be ready to eat salad even if it is cold outside! This sounds delicious and I love all of the ingredients.

Chow and Chatter said...

he he great salad enjoy your summer :-)

Belinda @zomppa said...

What a healthy recipe (in between all those brownies and cakes)!

Hester Casey (Alchemy Ireland) said...

My salad brain normally shuts down between September and April as the weather demands comfort food but your salad looks utterly delightful. It's summer on a plate but substantial enough for a winter salad.

MelindaRD said...

Your salad looks great, and I bet my husband would really enjoy it. Since I don't eat meat I bet it would be good with a substitute for the chicken. Looks like you have great ingredients stocked up at your place.

Vittle me this... said...

looks so great!

Michelle Chin said...

Despite the sun being up early, I am still earlier than the sun. This morning, the moon was so huge! I feel that the fact that summer is coming screws up my body clock. Like, I tend to go to bed when the sun just sets (Probably around 8.45pm) and wake up right before the sun rises (Around 4.45am). And no alarm clocks involved.

0_0

Claudie said...

This looks great! And can't explain to you how great it is to have some extra ideas about what to do with chicken. I am the type of woman who doesn't mind eating lettuce and chicken every day, but my husband appreciates variety, so this salad would be a great way to keep everyone happy :)

My Little Space said...

Kim, your chicken salad looks sinfully good! Thanks for sharing. Wow, it's summer over in Australia while the other side of the globe is winter! Weird huh! For me, I can't even sleep once the sun has been up. Hope you're having a great day & have fun on this coming thanksgiving.
Blessings, Kristy

5 Star Foodie said...

A lovely colorful salad! Love the avocado here!

Alexandria said...

nom nom nom! Avocados in salad, they are so creamy and rich sometimes i even hate to add dressing so I love how you mixed the avocados with the aioli. YUM!
I am so jealous of your summer when it is dreary and chilly here!

Gourmet Gadget Gal said...

Funny to think of it being summer when we are dragging out the winter coats and packing on the winter fat. I miss summer salads so much and you have a lovely one here.

Annie said...

That salad looks so light and refreshing and oh, how I absolutely adore avocados!

Kat said...

What a lovely salad - it makes me feel better to know that someone is enjoying the sun, while winter unleashes its horrors upon us.

Interesting combo with the avocado and curry powder!

Cake Duchess said...

I lobe avocados! That is my kind of salad. I can relate to your recipes as it is never truly winter here in Florida in the wintertime;)

Rhonda said...

Yes it dark, yes it's cold...very cold! But I would eat that salad even if were sub-zero. Oh wait, it is!

Conor @ Hold the Beef said...

Love salad season! Especially when the avocados are cheap and plentiful. Having said that, I was one of those people the other day gently and sneakily squeezing my way through everyy avo in the shop... all rock hard! Disappointment! Anyway, love the look of this salad :)

michelangelo in the kitchen said...

Wow! I want this salad, Pronto! Two favorites in one. Garlic chicken and avocado, I could not ask for anything better! Cheers!

Nina Timm said...

This salad is to die for...love the creamy avo with the chicken. Briliant!!!

Bryan said...

We havereached Salad Days indeed! Thanks for sharing, interesting to have aioli mixed with curry powder, mmm!

Kim - Liv Life said...

Ahhhh... I'm envious of your summer! If I had my way I'd be traveling around looking for the Endless Summer! Headed to Hawaii in a few weeks for a warm up (but I can't really complain with my wonderful San Diego weather!).
The salad looks perfect, all my favorites. Luckily we are still grilling here (but in the dark now...) and loving our salads. Thanks for this one!

Morellocherry said...

omgoooodness! this looks so goood! its late here but im starving and could just eat this now!! lol

meltingbutter.com said...

man, I wish i was in Australia now :( it's sooo cold here brrrr...

Becky said...

Congrats on your Top 9 today!

Quay Po Cooks said...

My dear Kim,
Congrats for TOP 9 today. BIG BEAR HUGS! You made a beautiful salad! Good job!

She's Cookin' said...

Aaaah, gorgeous salad - I'm already craving a fresh, crunchy salad just preparing all the savory dishes for Thanksgiving tomorrow! Congrats on the Top 9!

Linn @ Swedish Home Cooking said...

Looks very fresh and healthy! Simple to make.. Sounds like a recipe that fits me perfectly ;)

imwaytoobusy said...

This salad is right up my alley! Congrats on making the top 9 Kimba!

hana said...

hi kimba.. i`ve tried this recipe and i like it! thanx for sharing.....

Ana Powell said...

Outstanding dish, full of flavours, excellent ingredients and fabulous colours too.
Have a great weekend ♥

kitchenmorph said...

very good! gorgeous colors and reads delicious. thank you for sharing!

lena said...

wow, love all your desserts and the beautiful photos..you're fantastic!

guipipia said...

I know you're on vacation and this is from like a month ago, but it's summer here too! Central America is starting its driest and sunniest season. In december, january and february the sun is hot and beautiful, and we get the most amazing cool winds from up north in the continent, wich means it's 25 degrees on the sun and 17 in the shadow, and I just love it! Christmas isn't Christmas here without the vientos alisios, it does get dark early, but I dont't mind at all. It is definetly beach time all around the country, and that is actually the New Year's tradition, going to the beach!

So, what I really wanted to say, is that I'm all for summer recipes right now, so thanks!

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