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Chicken, Avocado & Asparagus Salad with Lemon Cashew Dressing (Paleo)

Chicken & Avocado Salad close up with glass of water

This paleo chicken salad is fresh, healthy and super tasty! The succulent marinated chicken goes perfectly with the fresh greens, crunchy asparagus, lush avocado and a dairy free “creamy” lemon cashew dressing – all topped off by a sprinkle of sesame seeds.

Sometimes I just feel like a simple meal that is full of green goodness! This salad ticks all of the healthy boxes with lovely fresh greens, a good serving of quality protein and healthy fats from the avocado and cashew nuts.

This chicken salad makes a lovely fresh meal that can easily be enjoyed for a simple night in but tastes good enough to serve to guests too!

The creamy lemon cashew dressing provides the perfect amount of tangy citrus flavour to balance off this salad nicely, it is completely dairy free but you wouldn’t know it as the dressing tastes lovely and creamy!

Love Food Nourish Nutrition Tips

This chicken salad will leave you feeling full and satisfied without feeling heavy and bloated afterwards. It is easy on the digestive system as it contains no carbohydrates, grains or legumes and is full of easy to digest bitter greens along with lemon and healthy fats that can help assist the sluggish of digestive systems!

It is well known how nutritious avocados are but in addition asparagus is also a sometimes overlooked nutrient packed vegetable that contains an astonishing amount of nutrients, antioxidants and phytochemicals; making this a simple, tasty meal that is nutritious and healthy.

For other gluten and grain free chicken recipes you may like to try:

Chicken with Cannellini Beans and Thyme

Mediterranean Baked Chicken with Eggplant, Zucchini, Tomato, Olives & Basil

For other healthy salad recipes you may like:

Loaded Lentil Salad

Detox Buddha Bowl with Spicy Chickpeas & Cumin Cashew Sauce

Beetroot, Avocado & Roacket Quinoa Salad with Spiced Walnuts & Mint

Peanut-Miso Tempeh Salad Bowl with Cashew Nuts

Roasted Pumpkin, Chickpea and Sundried Tomato Salad with Goats Feta

Sweet Potato Salad with Pomegranate, Feta & Pecans

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Additional Recipe Notes for Chicken, Avocado & Asparagus Salad

How do you blanch asparagus?

To blanch the asparagus bring a pot of water to the boil and place the asparagus covered in the pot for anywhere from 1-3 minutes depending on how well you like your asparagus done. Cook the asparagus for 1 minute for al dente (firm and slightly crisp and crunchy) up to 3 minutes for tender and soft.

You can test the asparagus by pulling out a stem and feeling for your preferred texture. Once  blanched drain and plunge the asparagus into icy cold water. This stops the cooking process and helps preserve the beautiful green colour.

I like my asparagus al dente, this works well in this salad as the crunchiness of the asparagus compliments the creamy avocado. In the recipe below have cooked the asparagus for only 1 minute before plunging into icy cold water.

Serves 2

Chicken, Avocado & Asparagus Salad with Lemon Cashew Dressing (Paleo)

A fresh and healthy green salad with chicken, avocado and asparagus topped off by a creamy lemon cashew dressing.

20 minPrep Time

10 minCook Time

30 minTotal Time

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5 based on 16 review(s)


  • 2 small chicken breasts (400gm/14oz)*
  • 1 Tbspn coconut oil for cooking
  • Chicken Marinade
  • 3 Tbspn olive oil
  • 2 Tbspn lemon juice
  • 1 tspn garlic, crushed
  • 1/4 tspn turmeric *optional
  • 1/4 tspn salt
  • 1/4 tspn fresh ground black pepper
  • Lemon Cashew Dressing
  • 1/3 cup cashew nuts, soaked*See instructions
  • 4 Tbspn water
  • 3 Tbspn lemon juice
  • 1 Tbspn almond milk or other nut milk
  • 1/2 tspn garlic, crushed
  • 1/4 tspn turmeric
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Salad
  • 100 gm / 3.5 oz rocket or other salad greens
  • 1 avocado
  • 250 gm / 8.8 oz asparagus (approx 1 bunch)
  • 2 Tbspn sesame seeds
  • 2 Tbspn fresh flat leaf parsley
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Place the ingredients for the marinade in a bowl and mix together, place the chicken breasts in the bowl and coat evenly in the marinade. Cover and leave for 30 min - overnight.
  2. Add cashew nuts to a bowl and enough warm water to cover them, cover bowl and let them sit for 15 minutes while you make the rest of the salad.
  3. Melt 1 Tbspn coconut oil in a cast iron pan on a high heat. Once the pan is very hot turn the pan down to a medium heat. Cook the chicken breasts for about 5 minutes on each side so that they are are golden brown on the outside. Pour the remaining marinade over the chicken when you have a couple of minutes left to cook. Remove the chicken and set aside to rest while you prepare the rest of the salad.
  4. Place the soaked cashew nuts, water, almond milk, garlic and turmeric in a high powder blender or food processor and blitz until smooth and creamy. Add more water if you would like a thinner consistency. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Bring a medium pot of water to boil. Trim the woody ends from the asparagus and cut the remaining asparagus in half. Add the asparagus and blanch for 1 minute. Drain and plunge into a bowl of icy cold water.
  6. Arrange the rocket over plates or a platter, slice the avocado and arrange place this and the asparagus over the rocket.
  7. Once rested slice the chicken, and add to the salad. Sprinkle with sesame seeds, parsley and salt and pepper. Drizzle with the lemon cashew dressing and serve.


The prep time does not include the marinade which can be left anywhere from 30 minutes to overnight for maximum flavour. The chicken weight should be approx 2 small chicken breasts, pound or split if they are thicker than 2cm or 4/5" A cast iron pan with ridges works best to grill the chicken. The asparagus in this salad is cooked al dente - for more information on blanching asparagus see the additional recipe notes.


Main Course
Whole 30
gluten free
dairy free
egg free
soy free
wheat free
peanut free
seafood free



570 cal


49 g


23 g


14 g
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  • Reply
    January 31, 2018 at 2:44 pm This looks like a perfect fresh, light weeknight dinner! Love the creaminess of the dressing with the citrusy chicken!
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      February 1, 2018 at 12:37 pm Thanks Jacklyn! Yes it is a lovely light dinner :)
  • Reply
    Annemarie @ justalittlebitofbacon
    January 31, 2018 at 2:58 pm This asparagus and chicken salad has me thinking of spring! Light food, balanced, and full of nutrition. And I love the cashew dressing. That's something I need to do more often, since it is such a great way to make a creamy dressing without any cream.
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      February 1, 2018 at 12:39 pm Thank you Annemarie! Yes the dressing is nice and creamy - you can't tell it is dairy free, so is great for those who can't tolerate dairy :)
  • Reply
    Janette | Culinary Ginger
    January 31, 2018 at 3:06 pm This salad has all my favorite ingredients, and I can't wait to taste the dressing.
  • Reply
    Cristie | Little Big H
    January 31, 2018 at 3:47 pm This is my kind of food... I'm loving the sound of the lemon cashew dressing.
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      February 1, 2018 at 12:40 pm Thank you Cristie!
  • Reply
    Georgie | The Home Cook's Kitchen
    January 31, 2018 at 4:13 pm this looks awesome! pretty much incorporates ALL my favourite vegetables! great for summer barbeque!
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      February 1, 2018 at 12:41 pm Thanks so much Georgie! Yes it makes a tasty summer meal, it has been so hot here lately so light meals have been a must!
  • Reply
    February 10, 2018 at 2:17 am This is such a lovely looking salad I love that simple cashew lemon dressing! It adds so much flavor to this salad!
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      February 12, 2018 at 11:03 am Thank you so much Deepika, yes the dressing tops the salad off nicely! :)
  • Reply
    February 13, 2018 at 1:46 am This recipe if definitely for my dear hubby. He loves chicken. :)
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      February 14, 2018 at 3:52 pm Thanks Puja, I hope he likes it :)
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    Tania | Fit Foodie Nutter
    February 14, 2018 at 11:17 am Hi Hope! What a beautiful recipe you have there! I could eat a vibrant salad like this every day! I just wish our UK weather was as good as yours. It's been so cold recently that all I want to eat is stew and pasta... lol xx
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      February 14, 2018 at 3:53 pm Thank you Tania! I am a salad fan too, unfortunately our weather has taken a bad turn in the past week or so with what feels like endless rain, but am hopeful our sunny summer will return! Ooh you can't beat stew and pasta when the weather is chilly! :)
  • Reply
    Raia Todd
    March 5, 2019 at 8:22 am Sounds delicious, Hope! I love adding meat to my salads.
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      March 7, 2019 at 3:24 pm Thanks Raia! :)
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    Joni Gomes
    March 5, 2019 at 10:53 am So yummy and nutritious! I get very excited when asparagus is in season!
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      March 7, 2019 at 3:23 pm Thanks Joni!
  • Reply
    March 5, 2019 at 4:26 pm This looks so flavorful and delicious! Love adding asparagus to salads and that dressing sounds amazing.
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      March 7, 2019 at 3:23 pm Thanks so much Jean :)
  • Reply
    Renee D Kohley
    March 6, 2019 at 2:25 am That dressing though! Yum! My body is definitely transitioning to craving spring foods - love asparagus!
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      March 7, 2019 at 3:22 pm Thanks Renee, I love it too!
  • Reply
    Tessa Simpson
    March 6, 2019 at 6:42 am I need this fresh and springy salad in my life!! So many great flavors, loving the creamy dressing!
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      March 7, 2019 at 3:22 pm Thanks Tessa!
  • Reply
    March 6, 2019 at 8:02 am Yum, this salad looks so tasty and that dressing is a winner!
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      March 7, 2019 at 3:22 pm Thanks so much Stacey - the dressing is lovely and creamy!
  • Reply
    Erin Carter
    March 6, 2019 at 8:22 am I absolutely cannot wait to try this salad!
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      March 7, 2019 at 3:22 pm I hope you enjoy it Erin :)
  • Reply
    March 7, 2019 at 6:38 am OMG, yes. This looks so good and perfect for when the weather starts warming up.
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      March 7, 2019 at 3:21 pm Thank you!
  • Reply
    Megan Stevens
    March 10, 2019 at 9:02 am My family would love this for dinner this spring; thank you!
  • Reply
    March 10, 2019 at 6:18 pm That looks so delicious! Totally love it!
  • Reply
    March 12, 2019 at 12:06 am Asparagus has been "my thing" lately. I can't even count how many recipes I've saved and tried but yours is definitely very special. That "creamy" dressing is something! :-)
  • Reply
    March 27, 2019 at 9:12 pm Am I missing something? There is no lemon in the list of ingredients for the cashew dressing. I only see lemon in the chicken marinade.
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      March 28, 2019 at 5:24 pm Hi Liz - Oops sorry about that - it should be 3 Tbspn of lemon juice in the dressing.

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