This chicken salad recipe includes the amazing avocado, native fruit to California. In fact, 90% of the domestic avocados come from the Golden state. The trees originally grew throughout South America and south central Mexico, when they were brought north and were successfully transplanted in 1871.
Contrary to popular belief, the avocado can help maintain a healthy weight. Though high in calories the fiber found in avocados helps you feel full longer, the carotenoid lutein is essential in maintaining healthy eyes and it's full of the "good fat", the kind that helps lower cholesterol levels.
2 cups cooked chicken, chopped
1/2 cup Monterey jack cheese, shredded
1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
1 avocado, diced
1/2 cup olives, chopped
1 tomatillos, chopped
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onions, chopped
2 Tablespoons mayonnaise
1 teaspoon green chiles, minced
2 teaspoons sun-dried tomatoes, oil-packed, minced
1. Lightly mix the first 10 ingredients together. Moisten with mayonnaise, using more or less as desired.
2. Mound in 4 decorative serving dishes, sprinkle the minced green chilies and minced sun-dried
tomatoes on top. Chill for 1 hour.
Serve with corn chips or crisp-fried tortillas as a light lunch.
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