• Susie Csorsz Brown

Recipe: Avocado Toast Salad with Chicken

This is what would happen if your favorite Avocado Toast met up with Chicken Salad and then had a love child. Okay, maybe that's not the mental image I should be going for, but this is yummy. Panzanella-esque with crunchy bread bits and chicken and avocado goodness. Even my most selective child gobbled it up.

The herbs are a suggested amount and type, as is the carrots and cukes. Use what veg you have on hand and like. I used my recipe for focaccia, but use the bread you love. Focaccia is good because it gets really crunchy in the oven.

For the salad:

5 - 6 cups crusty bread or focaccia, cut into 1-inch cubes or torn into bite-sized pieces (about 5 1/2 cups)

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for serving

2 pinches kosher salt

2 pinches freshly ground black pepper

2 Persian cucumbers, thinly sliced

2 carrots, shredded

1/4 cup barely chopped cilantro, divided

1/4 cup barely chopped parsley, divided

1/4 cup barely chopped mint divided

2 cup shredded leftover roast chicken (make the chunks as delicate or as rustic as you like)

2 large avocados, cubed

For the dressing:

2 tablespoons pomegranate molasses (or balsamic if you don’t have it on hand)

1 tablespoons whole-grain mustard

1 tablespoon capers, rinsed, plus 1 tablespoon brine

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Salad greens, for serving, if desired

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 375° F. Line a rimmed sheet pan with parchment, nonstick foil, or a silicone baking mat. Add the bread pieces. Drizzle with the oil, 1 pinch of salt, and the pepper. Toss with your hands until everything is coated and seasoned. Bake for about 16 - 25 minutes, until the bread is toasty. Let cool completely.

Meanwhile, combine the dressing ingredients in the bowl. Add the cucumbers and carrots; toss to coat. Add the herbs and chicken; toss to coat. Add the avocado; toss gently. Set aside until bread is finished.

Once bread is finished toasting, and cooled, toss the bread lightly with the vegetable and chicken mixture. Serve on a bed of salad greens, if desired.

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Susie is certified through The Parent Coaching Institute, whose graduates are dedicated to help parents focus on "amplifying the positive, appreciating the good, and valuing the possible in themselves and in their children."  http://www.thepci.org/findcoach/ug/brown-susie-csorsz