Chicken Salad Lettuce Cups
with tomato / avocado / basil salad
- Vinegar, balsamic - 1/3 cup (any inexpensive brand)
- Chicken breasts, boneless and skinless (sub rotisserie chicken) - 1 1/2 lbs
- Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
- Celery - 1 stalk, diced
- Onions - 1 Tbsp, chopped
- Mayonnaise, paleo-friendly - 2 Tbsp
- Mustard, Dijon - 1 tsp
- Lemon juice - 1 tsp
- Lettuce, romaine (sub green leaf or iceberg) - 8 leaves
- Almonds, sliced - 1/4 cup
- Avocados - 1, sliced
- Tomatoes, medium (sub half a cup cherry or grape tomatoes for each medium tomato) - 2, wedges
- Basil, fresh - 10 leaves
- Oil, olive - 1 Tbsp
- Make balsamic reduction - (If not already made from Monday’s meal.) Simmer balsamic vinegar in a small saucepan until it reduces by at least half and thickens to the texture of syrup. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
- Cook chicken - (Skip if using rotisserie chicken.) Season chicken with some salt and pepper and tenderize with a fork. Heat a skillet with cooking oil over medium heat. Add chicken to heated oil and cook on both sides until cooked through, 4 to 5 minutes on each side. (Can be done up to 2 days ahead)
- Celery / Onions - Prep as directed and combine. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
- Make chicken salad - Chop chicken. Combine with celery, onions, mayonnaise, mustard and lemon juice. Season with some salt and pepper. Taste and adjust to your flavor preferences - adding more mayo if you like it more creamy, more lemon juice if you like it more tart, etc. (Can be done up to 2 days ahead)
- Avocados / Tomatoes / Basil / Lettuce - Prep as directed.
- Combine avocados, tomatoes, basil and olive oil. Season with some salt and pepper and transfer to a serving plate. Drizzle with balsamic reduction.
- Assemble lettuce cups by filling lettuce leaves with chicken salad and topping them with almond slices for crunch.
- Enjoy lettuce cups with tomato salad on the side.
Normally my husband hates mayonnaise based salads. But he liked this! I preferred it to standard chicken salad. Added extra celery for crunch.0 Helpful
Yummy and simple chicken salad. I ended up using 3 celery stalks and 1/2 onion and mayo. 4-yr-old liked it.0 Helpful
Portions are small do 3 servings for 2 ppl0 Helpful
Wasn't bad, but not as exciting as other meals.0 Helpful
My lettuce leaves weren't really wide enough to make effective lettuce cups, so I used them as a bed for the chicken salad.0 Helpful
Skipped the lettuce cups and just ate everything with a fork. Two salads, one meal.0 Helpful