Southwest Chicken Salad with Avocado Buttermilk Dressing


Yesterday, Debbie came into work with the best gift a boss could ask for — a HUGE bag full of fresh, hand-picked Michigan asparagus. I was beyond excited (I LOVE asparagus) and it’s the first time I’ve ever had truly fresh asparagus…much less local.

I ate it raw for breakfast that morning. Yes, it was that good. Coffee and raw asparagus – not too shabby.

The day continued with some other firsts.


I had my first ever CMS mock audit at the hospital. My audit wasn’t scheduled until today, but up he popped yesterday. To say the man was detail-oriented would be quite the understatement. I’m not sure if he was being insanely picky, or if he was just grasping at straws to find something wrong with my kitchen…given that’s his job and all. I’d like to think the latter.

I had a follow-up discussion with our Risk Management Officer that had all positive feedback…but my goodness, audits are incredibly nerve-racking. It was all a good learning experience and I took a lot away from the hour-long walk through.


I left work at a very reasonable hour with my mind set on an outdoor run in the sunny, 75 degree May weather. It was heavenly. Absolutely heavenly. As I cooled off, I threw together another salad for dinner – not too much different than this one. I’m all about salad lately and for me, that’s unusual.

The night I made this, Mr. Prevention was thrilled to see vegetables on his plate after a week in India where he could consume only cooked foods. Some textured veggies are just what he wanted. As for me, I appreciate that I can fire up the grill, toss some ingredients together, and voila…have a filling, healthy, and balanced meal on the table in less than 20 minutes.

And over 16 grams of fiber per serving…impressive, huh? :)


 Hospital Week continues with free lunch for all employees. Eeep!

Be well,



  1. Gosh – the audit does sound nerve wracking! The salad looks perfect for the summertime!

  2. Wow – this looks like something my whole family would enjoy! Delicious!

  3. This salad look so light and refreshing!
    Love corn and beans in salads! :)

  4. Why haven’t I ever thought of avocado dressing before? Buttermilk is becoming a staple in my house – love it!

  5. Congratulations on the audit!! That’s a huge deal, and it’s wonderful that you were able to come out of it with positive feedback. Way to go Nicole!! My mom had the same reaction to vegetables when she came back from India this past winter… It’s hard to go without fresh fruits and veggies for so long!

  6. hope the survey went good :) loving everything about the salad and probably need a straw for that dressing.


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