Mango Avocado Quinoa Chicken Salad

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American Family Insurance is inspiring all of us to #ChooseDreams, and that means sitting down not only to #SundaySupper with our families, but also throughout the week. So we are also bringing you a month of #WeekdaySupper Family Favorites Turned Healthy. For a cool dinner or lunches all week, make a big batch of rich and healthy, sweet and tangy with just a hint of spice, super colorful Mango Avocado Quinoa Chicken Salad.

Mango Avocado Quinoa Chicken Salad

Mango Avocado Quinoa Chicken Salad - a cool and easy lunch or #WeekdaySupper | | #ChooseDreams #glutenfree

I know I’ve mentioned many times that I am so lucky that my kids are very good eaters. I think I mention it so much because it truly shocks me. I mean, I know I present them with a wide variety of foods, and have since the day they first started solid food, so all of these things are just normal, everyday components of our regular diets. It’s not “weird” or “healthy” in their minds. It’s just “food”. But The Hubby and I both grew up pretty much despising any fruit or vegetable that was not white or yellow, and eating many casseroles involving packaged stuffing and cream of mushroom soup. And lots and lots of cookies. Luckily we have changed our ways as adults, and enjoy a much wider variety.

But there are a few things that I’ve struggled to get my family to eat. One of them is quinoa. I love it, and it is so good for you. Packed with protein, a whole grain, and gluten free, which is awesome for my wheat allergy. I mean, nutrition-wise, what more could you want? But The Hubby has never been a fan of the texture, and the boys, well, I’m not sure what their issue is, but they don’t dig it.

However, I refused to give up. So I’ve cheese-ified it, which works OK. I’ve granola-fied it (with chocolate), which is super yummy, but not really the “normal” way to eat quinoa. Finally I tried chilling it, to change the texture slightly, adding some chicken for my meat-loving hubby, and combing it with other favorite foods, and it was a total win! I was soooo shocked and excited when all of my boys just absolutely devoured Strawberry Lime Quinoa Chicken Salad.

So naturally once you find something that works, just make it over and over and over again in slightly different variations, right?

Mango Avocado Quinoa Chicken Salad - a cool and easy lunch or #WeekdaySupper | | #ChooseDreams #glutenfree

Mango Avocado Salsa has been a family favorite for a few years, so I combined that with the quinoa chicken salad, and we had another quinoa success story! Well, I’ll call it a 95% success. The Bug required complete tomato removal because there is absolutely nothing I can do to get him to eat anything tomato other than ketchup and pizza. But Little King Stuff was happy to polish off The Bug’s share of tomatoes.

I love quinoa, I love chicken salad, but I really love combining the two. The quinoa adds such an interesting texture to the chicken salad, and tossing in all of the components of the salsa recipe brings in the rich creaminess of the avocado, the sweetness of the mango, the juicy pop of tomatoes, and a bit of tang and a just a hint of spice. I wouldn’t even call it spice. Warmth, maybe? And the colors just can’t be beat. Gorgeous, right? And so tasty, too!

Mango Avocado Quinoa Chicken Salad - a cool and easy lunch or #WeekdaySupper | | #ChooseDreams #glutenfree

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How have you gotten your family to eat something they previously didn’t like? 

Mango Avocado Quinoa Chicken Salad
5 from 1 vote

Mango Avocado Quinoa Chicken Salad

Sweet and tangy with just a hint of spice, super colorful, and perfect for a cool dinner or lunches all week.
Prep: 15 minutes


For the Honey Lime Dressing:

  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

For the Mango Avocado Quinoa Chicken Salad:

  • 2 cups cooked and cooled quinoa, previously prepared as per package instructions
  • 1 cup shredded cooked and cooled chicken
  • ½ cup Honey Lime Dressing, see below
  • 1 mango, chopped (about 1½ cups)
  • 1 avocado, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • ¾ cup chopped tomatoes, I like to use grape or cherry tomatoes
  • 1-2 Tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Salad greens and additional dressing for serving if desired


  • Combine the Greek yogurt, lime juice, olive oil, honey, chili powder, cumin, salt, and pepper in a bowl or jar and whisk or cover and shake. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
  • Combine the quinoa, chicken, and dressing in a large bowl and toss to coat evenly.
  • Add the mango, avocado, tomatoes and cilantro, and toss to combine. Add salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Serve over salad greens with additional Honey Lime Dressing, if desired.
Nutrition Facts
Mango Avocado Quinoa Chicken Salad
Amount Per Serving (1 cup (approximately))
Calories 262 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 7g
Cholesterol 21mg7%
Sodium 275mg11%
Potassium 467mg13%
Carbohydrates 27g9%
Fiber 5g20%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 13g26%
Vitamin A 587IU12%
Vitamin C 22mg27%
Calcium 58mg6%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Disclaimers: Please discuss your individual dietary needs (i.e. gluten free) with a physician. Even when not specified, be sure to verify all ingredients are gluten free, if needed, by reading labels on all packaging and/or confirming with the manufacturer this varies by brand and can change at any time. Nutrition information shown is an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.




Here are a few other ways I got my family eating quinoa…

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And check out the rest of this weeks fast, fresh, healthy #ChooseDreams #WeekdaySupper recipes:

Monday – Mashed Cauliflower and Arugula Stuffed Portobello from Run DMT

Tuesday – Loaded Mediterranean Sweet Potato Fries from Neighborfood

Wednesday – Grilled Salad with Skirt Steak from Country Girl in the Village

Thursday – You’re HERE!

Friday – Tex-Mex Shrimp Skillet from The Weekend Gourmet

Mango Avocado Quinoa Chicken Salad - a cool and easy lunch or #WeekdaySupper | | #ChooseDreams #glutenfree

  1. anne

    So far no one has mentioned that they have made this. That is a pet peeve of mine on blogs. Anyhoooo, I made it tonight to serve tomorrow for lunch for some ladies. I made it ahead with all ingredients except the avocados. I will add the avocado right before we eat. Holy cow cupcake lady, this is truly amazing. I just love the flavor blend of the dressing. I was skeptical because I don’t like a lot of chili powder and it seemed a lot. I did cut it to 3/4 teaspoon but not next time. Thanks so much for such a creative dish. I can’t wait to eat it for lunch tomorrow. I wonder what else I can use that dressing for. It is a quick recipe especially if you have precooked chicken in the freezer. I cook the chicken breasts in the crock pot, shred and freeze in 1 cup servings.

    I accidentally bought whole milk plain yogurt from trader joes. I wonder if it will be that much different to use fat free plain.

    I can’t wait to browse your other recipes.

  2. Hi! I want to make this recipe this week and I don’t have a lot of experience with quinoa. When you say “2 cups cooked and cooled quinoa (previously prepared as per package instructions),” do you mean measure out two cups and cook the quinoa? Or after you cooked it, you should have two cups total? Is there a difference – I’m not sure if it’s like other grains that double in size when cooked. Thanks!

  3. I love healthy recipes like this during the crazy and insane work week to just sit down with the kids to eat dinner!

    It’s so important to eat healthy with the family. I always tell myself during the summer month, okay, I’m gonna loose this weight this summer, be active but you know, summer is harder to lose weight than the rest of the year because you’re constantly being tempted to eat junk! It’s constantly in front of you.

    So when you are home, I guess choosing healthy family friendly recipes like this is just so vital!!!

    1. anh buon

      It gives me SO MUCH satisfaction to successfully make a meal out of all the things in my fridge that *need* to be used up asap. And looove all the flavours here

  4. This dish is PERFECT! Quinoa is runner fuel! It’s packed with protein and lots of fiber. The avocado adds good fats runners need and a bit of chicken offers additional protein. I love the mango twist! and that honey cumin lime dressing sounds DELISH! Perfection in a bowl, I say!

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