Avocado Curry Chicken Salad {dairy & gluten free}

By , On April 11th, 2017, In: Candida, Dairy Free, Egg Free, FreeDiet™- phase 1, FreeDiet™- phase 2, Lunch/Dinner, Paleo/Grain Free

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Apple Chicken Curry
  • 1 1/2 lbs. cooked chicken (about 3 breast}
  • 1 apple
  • 3 celery stalks
  • handful of basil or mint
  • 1-2 tsp. curry powder (omit for FreeDiet® Phase 1)
  • 1/2 tsp Pink Himalayan sea salt
  • dash cumin
  • Ingredients for Dressing:
  • 1/2 c. soaked cashews
  • 1 small avocado or 1/2 large
  • juice of 2 lemons
  • 1/2 c. olive oil or avocado oil
  • 2 tsp. pink Himalayan sea salt
  • 1 tsp. onion powder

Chicken salad has been a favorite around here these days but not your typical chicken salad. As you can imagine, I had to put my twist on it!  That twist had all my taste testers asking for more and begging for the recipe.

I know I for one get so bored with chicken. Although, I love that Sunday night’s chicken dinner leftovers can be Monday’s delicious lunch with a few added ingredients!   The dressing I use to make this salad is so versatile, adds so much flavor and it has that creamy texture we all love in chicken salad.

There really are not any clean-eating mayonnaise choices in the markets to date.  I have seen other food bloggers use an avocado to mash in the salad and I like that but my dressings add so much more to an ordinary chicken or even tuna salad!

It is my hopes to bottle my dressings one day….and hopefully soon!  Until then, here are a few of of my most visited dressings that taste AMAZING on just the spoon {full of health wink}: Creamy Chive Dressing, Strawberry & Mint Lime Dressing , Creamy Walnut & Orange Dressing,  and Orange & Basil  Dressing!


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Avocado Curry Chicken Salad {dairy & gluten free}
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Serves: 6
  • 1½ lbs. cooked chicken (about 3 breast}
  • 1 apple
  • 3 celery stalks
  • handful of basil or mint
  • 1-2 tsp. curry powder (omit for The FreeDiet® Phase 1)
  • ½ tsp Pink Himalayne sea salt
  • dash cumin
  • Ingredients for Dressing:
  • ½ c. soaked cashews
  • 1 small avocado or ½ large
  • juice of 2 lemons
  • ½ c. olive oil or avocado oil
  • 2 tsp. pink Himalayan sea salt
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  1. Soak cashews at least 2 hours but overnight is best for the dressing.
  2. Chop and shred cooked and cooled chicken and place in a bowl.
  3. Chop celery, apple and add to the shredded chicken.
  4. Chop mint or basil and add to bowl.
  5. In a strong blender like the Vitamix add all dressing ingredients and cream.
  6. Add about ½ cup dressing to chicken salad and blend. Add more if you desire.
  7. Mix in the curry (add 1 tsp. at a time and taste}, cumin, salt and taste.
To make this FreeDiet® Phase 1 compliant, please omit the curry in this recipe. I have also made the dressing without avocado and just added more soaked cashews {a small handful}. If you find dressing is too thick adjust it by adding some filtered water or if texture is too thin add more nuts. This dressing is so versatile and can be used on salad, fish or vegetables. It will stay fresh in the fridge up to 5 days. I love using left over chicken or cooking chicken the night before and making the chicken salad the next day. If you love curry go for the 2 tsp. and using the mint {verses the basil} balances the spicy flavor. Please use organic when you can.

Apple Chicken Curry


With a Spoonful of Health,

Dawn Rofrano

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11 Comments on "Avocado Curry Chicken Salad {dairy & gluten free}"

  1. Stephanie Lovell July 20, 2017 at 2:11 pm - Reply

    Wow! This Avocado curry Chicken Salad is divine! I was craving chicken salad, but can’t have the dairy, or mayo. Can’t believe how amazing this is. Yummy! Thanks!!

    • Dawn Rofrano September 14, 2017 at 1:00 pm - Reply

      This is wonderful news Stephanie! I am so happy it filled your chicken salad need! Many people never buy traditional mayo after they try this healthy and yummy alternative!

  2. Willow November 13, 2018 at 8:19 pm - Reply

    This is my absolute favorite chicken salad recipe. I’ve made it with basil and mint and both are amazing! Thank you!

    • Dawn Rofrano March 11, 2019 at 3:19 pm - Reply

      Willow, thank you for making my day with your comment. It is a favorite in my kitchen too! I love that you personalized it to your liking!

  3. Cathy July 1, 2019 at 11:36 am - Reply

    I live in the Caribbean and this is very similar to a chicken salad I used to get here, but with traditional mayo. I made your chive dressing and love it. I will not put it in a narrow neck bottle next time though. I will definitely be making this very soon.

    • Dawn Rofrano September 4, 2019 at 11:04 am - Reply

      Hi Cathy, I am so glad you loved the chive dressing! That is good advice to use a wide mouthed jar instead of narrow neck jar. You can always add more liquid like water even to thin it out a tad. Enjoy!

  4. Nina Zubkova January 3, 2023 at 1:43 pm - Reply

    I have not eaten chicken in 53 years, and being on the Free Diet, phase One, is a challenge.This recipe is the BEST. Thank you, Dawn! You rock!!!

    • Dawn Rofrano July 3, 2023 at 11:34 am - Reply

      Hi Nina, I am so glad you enjoyed this recipe especially since you have not eaten chicken for so long! It has lots of flavor!!

  5. Kay J Ware November 20, 2023 at 12:39 pm - Reply

    Love this chicken salad; sure remedies cravings for things I cannot have (i.e. mayo). I am wondering, can you freeze it?
    Thanks, Kay

    • Dawn Rofrano November 20, 2023 at 9:25 pm - Reply

      Hi Kay! I have never tried to freeze the dressing as we usually go thru it so fast. With the water and fat content I am guessing you would have to blend it after it is defrosted. Maybe try a tiny bit to see and please let me know. I’m wondering if you are referring to the actual chicken salad? If so I think the same would apply that the dressing might separate and you would have to mix all together and strain the watery part. But the chicken part would freeze well. I hope this helps. Thanks for letting me be a part of your eating healthy!

  6. Kay J Ware December 11, 2023 at 4:19 pm - Reply

    Hi Dawn, just letting you know that when I defrosted this chicken salad (stored in a glass container and thawed overnight in the fridge), there was no extra liquid, and all was good. Still have two more containers–I freeze in “one portion” amounts–and looking forward to enjoying them as well.

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