Chicken Taco Salad with Avocado Ranch Dressing

 This post is sponsored by Hass Avocado Board as a part of the Mom it Forward Blogger Network. All opinions are mine own.#LoveOneToday #ad
 
Now that it is two months after I have had my baby, I am trying to focus on eating healthier.  I usually try to eat somewhat healthy, even though I do indulge every once in a while.  However, when I was pregnant, I kind of ditched any healthy eating and did not really eat healthy at all.  Now while there is some baby weight that I need to lose, my focus is on eating healthy, but especially on making sure that I am getting enough vitamins and nutrients.  One fruit that helps me eat healthy while helping me get a lot of nutrients and vitamins are Hass Avocados.  Not only do Hass Avocados taste great, they are full of healthy fats and nutrients.
 
 
The Love One Today campaign encourages people to love Hass Avocados and the health benefits that they provide, that they have naturally good fats and that they are cholesterol free.  Avocados contain good fats, which are an important part of a healthy diet.  Fresh avocados are also cholesterol and sodium free.  Avocados are also dense in nutrients, one-fifth of a medium sized avocado is 50 calories and contains nearly 20 vitamins, minerals, and nutrients.  Due to all the nutrients and healthy fats, avocados are the perfect first food for a baby.  The first food that we fed my older son was avocado and we plan on doing the same thing with my newborn once he starts eating.  Below is a great video from Love One Today that talks about the health benefits of Hass Avocados.  Make sure that you watch it to pick up some great facts.
 
 
Since I am trying to eat a little healthier and get a lot of vitamins and nutrients, I have been trying to incorporate avocados into our meals and snacks.  My son loves tacos and we usually try to have taco night once a week.  I decided to make our tacos into a salad to make it a little healthier. The salad contains chicken and avocado along with other taco ingredients.  I then made an avocado ranch dressing using fat-free ranch dressing, mashed up avocado, lime juice, and cilantro.
 
This Chicken Taco Salad with Avocado Ranch Dressing tasted fantastic. I loved that we were eating tacos in a healthier form and the Hass Avocados tasted great in both the salad and in the dressing.  This salad is also easy to make and makes a great weeknight meal. I like spinach so we used a bag of lettuce and spinach combo, but feel free to use just lettuce. My son doesn’t usually like salad and we were able to get him to eat it because it included taco chips and was similar to a taco.
 
The dressing was also really easy to make and went great with the taco salad.  The dressing could be used on any salad though.  I loved the creaminess of the avocados combined with the ranch dressing, lime juice, and cilantro.  It all went great together and was the perfect compliment to a taco salad.  This is a great substitute to our taco night and we can’t wait to make the salad again!
 

Chicken Taco Salad with Avocado Ranch Dressing

Ingredients

  • 1 bag lettuce/spinach or 1 head lettuce chopped
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cubed
  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 3/4 cup tomato, chopped
  • 1 1/2 Hass Avocados, chopped
  • 1/2 cup shredded Mexican blend cheese
  • Yellow corn chips, slightly crushed
  • 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro
  • Dressing
  • 3/4 cup fat-free ranch dressing
  • 1/2 Hass Avocado, mashed
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice (juice of 1/2 medium sized lime)
  • 1/2 tablespoon fresh cilantro

Instructions

  1. In a medium sized skillet cook the chicken over medium heat.  Add in the taco seasoning and stir to make sure that the chicken is covered in the seasoning.
  2. To assemble the salad, pile the lettuce, chicken, tomato, avocado, cheese, yellow corn chips, and cilantro on a big plate.
  3. To make the dressing, combine the ranch dressing, avocado, lime juice, and cilantro together in a small bowl.
  4. Serve the dressing on top of the salad or individually.  Keep refrigerated.
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Check out this video for even more facts about avocados:

 

 
For more info, nutrition facts and recipes featuring Hass Avocado, visit www.LoveOneToday.com and make sure to follow the Hass Avocado Board on Facebook and Twitter.
 
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Comments

  1. This looks delicious! I bet the dressing would be great with other things besides salads!

  2. This taco salad looks so good! I love, love, love avocados! :)

  3. I love avocados! Along with PB, they’re my favorite source of healthy fats. Eat 1/2 avocado several times a week. This salad looks fantastic! That dressing is killer!

  4. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    I learned that avocados are actually a fruit!

  5. Sounds delicious! I have saved this and am going to pin it and share over at G+. Now, if someone would just make me this for dinner!

  6. I learned that avocados are fruits because they have seeds.

  7. Avocados contain beneficial oils.

  8. Avocado is actually a fruit.

  9. I learned avocados are a fruit because they have a seed. How did I not know seed = fruit before?

  10. I could eat avocados all the time, they’re my favorite :) Love this taco salad, it looks amazing!

  11. I learned that avocados are a fruit

  12. Heather Hayes Panjon says:

    I Learned That Avocado Is A Fruit!

  13. LOVE LOVE this salad!

  14. Heather Hayes Panjon says:

    I Learned That Avocado Is A Fruit.

  15. What a cute video! Who would have known that avocados are actually fruit. I eat so many of them but never actually knew that!

  16. That ranch dressing looks to die for!!

  17. I learned that avocados are a fruit.

  18. Lisa Brown says:

    I learned: Since avocados have a seed, they are considered a fruit.

  19. Julie Wood says:

    I learned that avocados are fruit because they have a seed.

  20. I learned that acocados are a fruit!

  21. I learned that avocados are a fruit

  22. steve weber says:

    I learned that avocados are a fruit

  23. Mary Happymommy says:

    I learned avocados have seeds and are therefore a fruit.

  24. I learned that Superman is the healthiest guy we know. =)

  25. Healthy healthy FRUITS!

  26. Julie Wood says:

    I learned that avocados are fruit because they have a pit.

  27. I knew avocados were fruits but I forgot that the seed is what makes a fruit.

  28. My daughter is a nutritionist so she’s always telling me all of these fun facts. I did love the kids reaction to the vegetarian comment.

  29. I learned that avocados were fruits…had no idea!

  30. Thomas Murphy says:

    I learned Avocado is a fruit.

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