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Published December 06, 2009, 12:00 AM

CHEF JEFF — ONE BYTE AT A TIME: Guacamole Chicken Salad

Guacamole Chicken Salad is a simple crowd-pleasing option that’s perfect for holiday entertaining.

By: Herald Staff Report,

Here is a simple crowd-pleasing option that’s perfect for holiday entertaining:

Guacamole Chicken Salad

2 avocados, halved, pitted and peeled

3 tablespoons lime juice

1 clove of garlic, minced

½ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon ground pepper

4 cups diced, cooked chicken breast meat

1 cup toasted, chopped California walnuts

1 cup finely chopped onion

¾ cup finely chopped celery (about 3 ribs)

3 plum tomatoes, halved, seeded and chopped

6 (or more, depending on size) whole leaves of butter lettuce or radicchio

Put the avocado in a large bowl and mash it with a fork until almost smooth. Stir in the lime juice, garlic, salt, pepper. Add the chicken, walnuts, onion, celery and tomatoes, and stir to coat with the avocado. To serve, place a leaf or two of lettuce on each plate, and mound the salad in the center.

Yield: Serves 6.

Approximate nutrition analysis per serving: 370 calories 370, 32 grams fat (4 grams saturated), no cholesterol 120 milligrams sodium, 18 grams carbohydrates, 10 grams fiber, 9 grams protein.

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