Sweetgreen’s Guacamole Greens Salad (aka Guac Greens)
This do-it-yourself version of the popular restaurant salad is light-yet-filling and bursting with flavor.

Yield: 1 serving (easy to multiply for as many servings as needed)

Dressing recipe yields 1/4+ cup (enough for 2 salads)


For the salad:

  • 1 small grilled chicken breast, cubed (about 4 ounces cooked; could use rotisserie or leftover roast chicken—so good with Sazón grilled chicken)
  • ⅓ cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1-2 tablespoons minced or slivered red onion
  • 6-8 large corn tortilla chips, crushed lightly with hands
  • ½ a small avocado, pitted and chopped
  • 2 ounces mixed spring greens (3-4 cups without packing)
  • Wedge of lime, optional
  • Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette (recipe follows)

For the vinaigrette:

  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon honey (could substitute granulated sugar)
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt and several turns of the pepper mill (start with ¼ teaspoon salt if using table salt)
  • ¼ teaspoon each ground cumin, coriander, and garlic powder*

Instructions:

  1. Prepare the vinaigrette: Combine all of the ingredients in a small jar or bowl. Dressing may be made a day or two in advance. Shake or stir well before using. Refrigerate any leftover dressing for another salad or other use later in the week.
  2. Make the salad: In a large bowl, place the cooked chicken, halved tomatoes, diced red onion, crushed tortilla chips, avocado, and mixed spring greens. Toss the salad lightly with the cilantro lime vinaigrette. (I use just under half.) Serve immediately with a wedge of lime for squeezing, if desired. Optionally, you may toss the greens with enough dressing to lightly coat and then layer the remaining ingredients over the plated greens, drizzling with a little more vinaigrette over all.

Notes:

*In a hurry or don’t have all the spices?  You may omit one or all of the spices (but don’t skip the salt) and the dressing will still taste good. That said, they do add an extra layer of flavor and can be added quickly. Also, 1 small, minced garlic clove could be used in place of the garlic powder.

 


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