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I’m a huge fan of ALDI. I’ve been to ALDI stores in California, New York, Illinois, even in Europe. Their exclusive quality brands are always exceptional, and their prices always super low.
You don’t need coupons or have to buy in bulk either.
It’s National Picnic Month! The other day, I went shopping with ALDI spokesperson, Hilda Gabriela. Together, we shopped for the ingredients to make Salpicon de Pollo. This recipe was made for picnics!
Do you see the receipt above? Only $30! I forgot the onion and tomato… Oops!
Regardless, that’s still way less than what I would have spent at other stores. And guys, this chicken salad is going to feed a lot of people!
This is why I love ALDI supermarkets. Shoppers can save up to 50% any day, all year long, compared to other stores.
As a Latina Mom, I am not only budget conscious, but it’s important to me to feed my family home cooked meals with good ingredients.
ALDI truly offers the best quality foods at the lowest possible prices. You can even get organic products like I did. The chicken I used in this recipe is certified organic.
I cook the chicken in the instant pot. Less than 25 minutes later, the chicken is fully cooked.
Pro Tip: You can also make Salpicon de Pollo using leftover chicken. Or buy a rotisserie chicken.
How long does chicken salad last in the fridge?
The Salpicon de Pollo will last 3-5 days in the fridge.
Freezing this dish is not recommended.
I’m serving the Salpicon de Pollo on top of tostadas. You can also make homemade tostadas if you have tortillas at your home.
When it’s hot, though, there is no way I’m turning on the oven. Best to pick up a packet of Pueblo Lindo Tostadas at ALDI.
- Mix the Simply Nature Olive Oil, lime juice, oregano, and salt.
- Set aside until ready to use.
The lime vinaigrette is tangy and light. Be sure to whisk well right before pouring over the rest of the ingredients.
Note: Since Salpicon de Pollo is not made with mayonnaise or dairy products, it is perfect for summer picnics. This means it can last longer without refrigeration.
What food should I bring on a picnic?
Here are some Mexican recipes that are great for picnics:
Cucumber Lime Agua Fresca
Fresas con Crema
Ensalada Navidena – This fruit salad is not just for Christmas.
• Add all the ingredients to a large container.
These are tangy pickled onions. If you do not want to use pickled onions, you can use red onions instead.
Please note: this recipe is very similar to Chicken Tostadas except without the lime vinaigrette.
The lettuce will wilt. No worries. It is supposed to do that. Also, you can use fresh or pickled jalapenos for this dish.
Other ingredients you can add to this Mexican Chicken Salad:
- Green peppers
- Red Peppers
- Cabbage (instead of lettuce)
- Roasted Poblano Peppers (instead of Jalapeno)
- Mix everything.
- Place in the refrigerator.
The only thing that is missing is the avocado. This will be added at the end, right before you’re ready to serve – either mixed into the Salpicon de Pollo or as a topping.
FYI, avocado is totally optional.
Crema mexicana (or sour cream)
Queso fresco (or queso cotija)
Roasted Tomato Salsa
What should I serve with chicken salad?
Here are some yummy Mexican side dishes that go great with Salpicon de Pollo: arroz blanco, frijoles de la olla, ensalada de coditos.
For those of you with little ones whose palates have not fully developed, check out these Picky Kids Foods perfect for National Picnic Month or any other outdoor gathering this summer.
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Salpicon de Pollo
For the Lime Vinaigrette:
For Chicken Salad
- 2 breasts chicken already cooked
- 1 jalapeno diced (or 1 diced pickled jalapeno)
- 1/2 bunch chopped cilantro
- 1 tomato diced
- 1/2 cup pickled onions (or 1/4 sliced red onion)
- 1 cup shredded lettuce
- 1 avocado sliced or diced
- Add the ingredients for the lime vinaigrette in a small bowl.
- Whisk to combine.
- Add the ingredients for the chicken salad in a large container.
- Pour the lime vinaigrette on top, and mix well to combine.
- Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.
- Add the avocado right before you're ready to serve.
- Serve with tostadas, saltine crackers, or chips.