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Green Goddess Salad with Chicken

Green Goddess Salad with Chicken

In this cucumber, tomato, Swiss and chicken salad recipe, a healthy green goddess dressing is made from avocado, buttermilk and herbs. Any extra dressing is delicious served over grilled chicken or flaky white fish, such as cod or flounder.


1 serving, about 5 cups salad

Prep Time

15 minutes

Total Time

15 minutes



  • 1avocado, peeled and pitted
  • 1 1/2cups buttermilk
  • 1/4cup fresh chopped herbs (such as tarragon, sorrel, mint, parsley and/or cilantro)
  • 2tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1/2teaspoon salt


  • 3cups chopped romaine lettuce
  • 1cup sliced cucumber
  • 3ounces sliced (or diced) cooked boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 1/2cup diced low-fat Swiss cheese (2 ounces)
  • 6cherry tomatoes, halved if desired


  1. To prepare dressing: Place avocado, buttermilk, herbs, vinegar and salt in a blender and puree until smooth. (Makes about 1 3/4 cups dressing.)
  2. To prepare salad: Toss lettuce and cucumber in a bowl with 1 tablespoon of the dressing. Top with chicken, cheese and tomatoes. (Refrigerate the extra dressing for up to 3 days.)


To poach chicken breasts, place boneless, skinless chicken breasts in a medium skillet or saucepan and add lightly salted water to cover; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low and simmer gently until chicken is cooked through and no longer pink in the middle, 10 to 12 minutes. (8 ounces raw boneless, skinless chicken breast yields about 1 cup shredded cooked chicken)

Cover and refrigerate leftover dressing for up to 3 days.

Nutrition Facts

Per serving (recipe makes 1 serving, about 5 cups salad)

Calories 293kcal
Carbohydrate Total 14g
Total Sugars 7g
Added Sugars 0g
Fiber 6g
Total Fat 7g
Saturated Fat 3g
Mono Saturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 83mg
Sodium 275mg
Protein 43g
Potassium 1045mg
Calcium 634mg
Chromium 3mcg
Folate 236mcg
Omega-6 1g
Vitamin E 2mg
Zinc 4mg
Vitamin B3 11mg