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Does it go without saying that Cinco de Mayo Chicken Salad is good enough any time of year? This is a great chicken salad, especially if you like cumin and avocados. Conversely, this weekend is the Kentucky Derby, which seems to be the only time of the year when people make mint juleps. I know breaking out the ice crushing machine (or blender) is a lot of trouble, but I really love a good mint julep.

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Cinco de Mayo Chicken Salad

Here's a great lunch to make on Cinco de Mayo or at any time. It's a savory, not-too-spicy salad of chicken, avocado, red bell pepper and carrot seasoned with cumin and cilantro, all in a creamy dressing.

To make this a special lunch, we fried up fresh corn tortilla chips, a fairly quick process. The fresh, crispy chip is a perfect compliment to this delicious salad.

  • 2 to 3 cups cooked, shredded chicken
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 2/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon or lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Tabasco or jalapeño sauce (more or less to taste)
  • 1/2 cup sliced carrot
  • 1/4 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped white onion
  • 2 small, ripe Haas avocados, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
Preparation
  1. In a small bowl, stir together the sour cream, mayonnaise, lemon or lime juice, cumin, salt, white pepper and tabasco. This mixture is the salad dressing, so taste it and adjust the seasonings, if desired.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine the chicken, carrots, red bell pepper, onion, avocado and cilantro.
  3. Pour the dressing over the chicken and vegetables and mix well. Chill for at least 1 hour before serving.

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