Mango chicken salad with avocado, kidney beans & blue cheese

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Super tasty mango chicken salad with avocado, kidney beans & blue cheese from Scrummy Lane

In this post, I told you all about my beautiful balcony and how much I’m going to miss it when I leave Greece in just one weeks’ time. Another thing that I’m going to miss truly and deeply are the wonderful souvlaki restaurants, which is where you find Greece’s national fast food. A thick piece of pitta bread stuffed with shaved-off slivers of pork or chicken, salad and tsatziki sauce, a side of crispy ‘patatas’ and maybe a Greek salad and a beer constitutes mine and Mr. Scrummy’s regular order at these restaurants; and, with that, we are in food heaven.

And, incidentally, it’s a curious thing but we place our order and the food appears on our table just about instantaneously. If we decide to order take-out, it’s ‘magically’ at our door ten minutes later. Go to any Greek bank or government office and there’s a good chance you’ll be waiting in line and tearing your hair out there all morning long (believe me, at the moment, I know), but sitting on your ubiquitous Greek taverna wooden chair at your table with the paper-map-of-Greece table cloth on it you are served, at this lightning speed, with the most delicious of freshly-cooked simple national food. And all for a very reasonable few euros.

Oh yes, we will definitely miss this. Especially Mr. Scrummy.

Another thing about these restaurants is that you can decide what you’ll order before you get there, because you pretty much know what will be on the menu. Just like you would go to a fish and chip takeaway in the UK or a burger restaurant and know that you’ll order, well, fish and chips or a burger, of course.

Super tasty mango chicken salad with avocado, kidney beans & blue cheese from Scrummy Lane

So … I was really surprised to see something pretty similar to this mango chicken salad on the menu at a local ‘souvlaki’ shop that we ate at recently. In a mall, no less. I ordered the salad ‘for a change’ and enjoyed it so much that I decided to try to re-create it at home. Just for you! (well, and for my tummy, of course)

Making super tasty mango chicken salad with avocado, kidney beans & blue cheese from Scrummy Lane

It’s very simple (would I present to you anything else?) Just add tinned red kidney beans and corn, chopped avocado and a little blue cheese to your favourite salad leaves, stir through a couple of spoonfuls of mango chutney and top with some cooked shredded chicken. I used leftover roast chicken from this recipe for maple, orange & spinach chicken but you could use any leftover cooked chicken that you happen to have. Rotisserie-style chicken would be absolutely perfect. You could even add a little spice by replacing the mango chutney with sweet chili sauce, which I think is what the restaurant used. You could say it would then become a ‘Mexican’ salad, although I say this cautiously as … me and Mexican food? Well, let’s just say we’re not particularly well acquainted … yet!

Making super tasty mango chicken salad with avocado, kidney beans & blue cheese from Scrummy LaneSuper tasty mango chicken salad with avocado, kidney beans & blue cheese from Scrummy LaneIn my humble opinion, the blue cheese in this salad really makes it shine like the stars, but Mr. Scrummy probably would have left it out. Given a choice. Which he didn’t have, poor thing. If you feel the same as he does about blue cheese, however, i.e. less than thrilled, you could easily substitute another sharp salty cheese. Even a little feta would probably work. Or of course it wouldn’t be the end of the world (athough somewhat of a shame) to totally leave out the cheese. It’s your call.

Super tasty mango chicken salad with avocado, kidney beans & blue cheese from Scrummy Lane

I love it when a restaurant visit inspires a new recipe. What about you? Do you ever try to recreate something you’ve eaten in a restaurant, or ordered from a takeaway? And what do you usually order from your favourite takeaway restaurant?

Have a wonderful weekend!

Mango chicken salad with avocado, kidney beans & blue cheese

Serves: Serves 2 generously

A super tasty chicken salad with avocado, kidney beans, sweet corn, blue cheese and mango chutney. Serve with some toasted pitta bread and you've got deliciousness on a plate.
  • about 5 ounces/150 grams salad leaves (I used a pre-washed mixed bag)
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons cooked sweetcorn (canned or fresh)
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons cooked red kidney beans (canned)
  • ½ an avocado, chopped
  • 1 ounce/30 grams blue cheese
  • 2 dessert spoons mango chutney
  • leftover cooked chicken, shredded (however much you have or want to add)
  • toasted pitta bread or other bread & Greek yoghurt, to serve (optional)
  1. In a large bowl, add the corn, beans, avocado, cheese and mango chutney to the salad leaves and toss really well.
  2. Warm the leftover chicken through if you like (I did this by blitzing in the microwave for a couple of minutes), then either top the salad with the chicken in the bowl, or arrange it on a nice big plate and place the chicken on the top.
  3. Serve immediately with toasted pitta bread and big dollops of Greek yoghurt (if you like). Enjoy!
This salad is based on a similar one on the menu at Pita Plus in the Athens Metro Mall. You can even order their food online if you’re ever in the area. (Well, you just never know!)

I think a vegetarian version of this salad would be just as delicious. Just omit the chicken, obviously!

Use sweet chili sauce instead of mango chutney if you prefer.

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  1. says

    Super salade! Elle est magnifique, personnellement, j’ai préfère cette salade avec la feta.
    Je comprends que laissé ce coin de paradis soit un peu triste pour vous! La méditerranée es merveilleuse pour vivre! Vous déménagé en Angleterre?
    Bon weekend 😉

    • says

      Merci, Eva! Et oui, je demenage en Angleterre la semaine prochaine. A vrai dire, je l’attends avec impatience! J’adore la Grece, mais la vie en general est beaucoup plus facile en Angleterre!

    • says

      I’m almost a little apologetic about adding blue cheese to things because I know so many people aren’t keen, but I’m with you. It adds a bit of ‘super tang’ to a dish. I think it goes particularly well with fruity things.

  2. says

    I was actually talking to Mr H about this yesterday. We get comments like, oh people don’t eat well in Australia, people don’t eat well in the UK, etc. I think that even if a general population does “not eat well”, it makes no difference whether you will or not if you can buy ingredients and cook wonderful food yourself. So I’m sure you’re going to make gorgeous Greek food when you ove away. This salad looks so gorgeous, my kind of mix! Last year I had this tendency to put mangos in my salads and forgot about it. Thanks for reminding me, I must do it again. (Oh, and its gorgeous with serrano ham!). xx

    • says

      That’s a great idea to add serrano ham, Sofia. Maybe instead of the chicken. I’ll try that next time – thanks!

  3. says

    This salad looks amazing and it suits perfectly the spring time with avocado and mangos, they are now so easy to find at the supermarket ! Enjoy the last days in Greece! xx

  4. says

    When do you arrive back in the UK, Helen?
    Looks great, by the way – love chicken and avocado in salad but would never have thought to add mango!

    • says

      We arrive at the end of next week, Skye. Really looking forward to it, but there feels like so much to do to get to that point!
      So glad you like the salad. This was one of those recipes that I wasn’t sure whether to go ahead and post or not, mostly because I wasn’t so thrilled with the photos. It was delicious, though!

  5. says

    Oh my gosh Helen – this salad is so beautiful, it makes me want to jump through the screen and take a bite! Gorgeous colors and I love the flavor combination. YES! I copy recipes from restaurants all the time, and always make them better. My husband likes to say that I ruin restaurants. Hahaha! That’s a good thing! Expect it means I have to cook a lot more, since he only wants to eat at home now! Pinned!

    • says

      Hi, Kristi, and thanks for the lovely feedback. I was feeling a bit unsure about posting this, although it was delicious – I think it was the photos I wasn’t so sure about. As for the whole ‘copying ideas from restaurants’ thing, I’ve actually only just got into doing that, but I think I’ll be doing it a lot more once I leave Greece and can’t come back to re-taste all my favourite Greek restaurant dishes!

  6. says

    Love this recipe, nothing quite like a little Greek food.

    I’m new into the cooking scene, but even if I don’t go to a restaurant, I check out their online menu to get ideas about what ingredients I should use or useful flavor combinations!

    Sooo helpful!

    • says

      Hello, Laura! Thanks so much for passing by – I love to ‘meet’ new people here. So glad you like the recipe!

  7. says

    A terrific healthy lunch. I’d probably swap out the blue cheese for feta or something. I’m sorry. It’s not my fault I’ve tried to be in love with blue cheese and I just can’t. 😉 The rest of it….amazing!
    Have a beautiful weekend Helen!

    • says

      Oh, I know … my hubby feels the same! I think feta would go just great, though! It’s the combination of the fruit and cheese that goes so well.

  8. says

    I am not a patient person when it comes to food 😉 Greece sounds like my kind of place! But since I can’t go, this recipe sounds like an incredible! First you put mango with blue cheese (genius) but then you added avocado and chicken. Plain amazing. Can’t wait to try!

    • says

      Aw, you say the sweetest things, Mary Frances! The slow pace of things here can be infuriating sometimes, but the fast souvlakis do go some way towards making up for that. I really hope you do give this salad a go, and if you do, please let me know what you think! Have a great weekend!

  9. says

    Dining in Greece sounds so fun but banking? Not so much. I LOVE Mexican food and eat it as often as possible. This salad looks delicious- filled with ingredients that I love.

    • says

      So happy that you like it, Pam. You guessed right about the banking here, but fortunately the end is in sight. I need to concentrate on all the good things instead anyhow i.e. the lovely food and weather. 😉

  10. says

    This salad is absolutely right up my alley!! I love everything in this!

    And it’s so fun to recreate restaurant dishes at home – I do it all the time! Plus you get a sense of satisfaction knowing it’s homemade : )

    And I can’t believe you’re leaving in one week! Time is flying!

    • says

      Yes … time is flying far too fast. Still so many things to tie up … aaargh! So glad you like the salad so much and that I’m not the only one who ‘steals’ recipes from restaurants!

    • says

      So glad I had that effect on you, Nathalie … result! 😉 This is not at all typically Greek, apart from the chicken, but never mind, still go ahead and make it because it’s pretty tasty!

  11. says

    Aside from Mexican food, Greek is my other favorite! I bet you will miss it there a lot, I’d love to go someday! I eat a salad with beans, corn, and avocado a few times a week, so I love seeing what other people do to jazz theirs up. I love to addition of the chutney! I’ll have to try that next time :)

    • says

      Hello, Isadora. You’ve got such a pretty name! I suspected that this was probably a little like a Mexican salad, but this combination of ingredients is not so common over here at all … which is why I was surprised to find it! I’m glad I did though. What do you add to your beans, corn & avocado salad?

      • says

        Thanks Helen :) I’ve been eating a ton of taco salads lately, I usually add lettuce, avocado, corn, beans, tomato, onion, and crushed up corn chips. I’m pretty lazy with salad dressing and mostly just use lemon juice and salsa, but I still enjoy it!

        • says

          Mmm … adding the corn chips is a great idea. Again, not done over here at all really, but I guess it’s a bit like adding croutons. Lemon juice and salsa sounds great as a dressing. I sometimes just add olive oil to my salads, which is even simpler!

  12. says

    Hi Helen, One of the reasons I love to go out to eat is to re-create the recipe at home. Gorgeous salad! All fabulous ingredients and healthy at that…..Oh what’s a little blue cheese right! It makes everything better. Happy week-end to you and Mr. Scrummy!

  13. says

    Lately I’ve been getting a lot of my recipe inspiration from restaurants. It’s so much fun to try and recreate something.
    I am absolutely loving this salad! It has so many of my favorite ingredients. Love mango chutney!

    • says

      Hi, Christin! Thanks so much for paying me a visit. It’s funny but I’ve only just thought of doing that, but I’m intending to carry on! So glad you like the salad.

    • says

      It’s funny that, isn’t it? As soon as the sun comes out for longer than 5 minutes, you realy do crave lighter foods. Well, if we don’t count that huge piece of banana and chocolate cake I just ate! Glad you like this, Rachel!

  14. says

    I love the mix of flavors in here, Helen! I bet the mango chutney adds such a great layer, and this is perfect for ALL the leftover chicken I seem to have when I buy a rotisserie one from the store. Yum!

    • says

      Glad that I can help you out with that, Alyssa. Those things seem to just go on and on (got some leftovers in the fridge right now) :-)

  15. says

    I can’t even tell you how much souvlaki we ate when we were abroad in Greece. My now husband (then boyfriend) would eat 3 for dinner almost every night! I miss that food so much!! This looks like a great salad – I don’t like blue cheese, but I would sub in feta! Yum!!

    • says

      We are pretty much eating them every day right now, Cate, just to get our fill before we leave in a few days! Glad you like the salad! :-)

  16. says

    If I went to greece, I would probably never leave lol. How fun that they had such an out-of-the-box salad at that restaurant and yay for recreating it! It sounds like there’s a lot of deliciousness in every bite!

    • says

      You would leave when you had to start visiting government offices for this paper or that paper, Joanne! 😉 But the food is incredible and getting more and more inventive. I had an ‘Indian souvlaki’ the other day … gorgeous. So glad you like the salad!

  17. says

    What a great sounding salad! I have to side with your husband on this one though, since I’m not a fan of the blue cheese. Feta or queso fresco would be my substitute of choice :) YUM!

    • says

      Thanks, Sue! I’ve actually been in Greece for many years, but I’m sure there will still be plenty of Greek-inspired recipes on the blog when I’m back in the UK. 😉

  18. says

    I actually don’t eat or order out that often, mainly the odd pub lunch now and then. But… if I was in Greece… that would be a different story! I definitely wouldn’t be leaving out the blue cheese in this salad, that strong taste is what makes the flavour sound so amazing!

    • says

      Totally agree, Aimee! I think it just needs a little of the blue cheese though so that the other flavours aren’t overpowered. Oooh … now you’ve reminded me of pub lunches! That’s one of my favourite things about the UK … especially in the winter. Beef and ale pie here we come!

    • says

      Actually, Erin, I think we’ve overdosed on souvlaki over the last couple of weeks. We’ve been so busy that it’s the easiest thing to grab. Still tasty, though. Wish I could mail you a plate!

  19. says

    Mango? Avocado??? BLUE CHEESE??!?!? I WANT THIS!!!! Blue cheese, for sure (sorry, Mr. Scrummy! 😀 )! What a fabulous combination of flavors – and you know I love how simple it is! Totally pinning! I so agree about taking inspiration from restaurant meals. Normally the challenge for me is to make them a bit healthier and easier to prepare while preserving the flavors that inspired me in the first place. So glad you were inspired to share this fabulous salad! 😀

    • says

      Thanks so much for the encouragement (again!), Shelley. You’re always so lovely! I like your way of thinking. Making a recipe as easy as I can while keeping it tasty is always one of my ‘cooking priorities’.

  20. shashi @ runninsrilankan says

    Good golly – this is one salad I could eat over and over and over…LOVE everything in it!
    Sometimes I have tried to recreate what desserts I eat – but usually its to healthyfy them.
    Thanks for sharing this one, Helen!

    • says

      You’re welcome, Shashi … I have to admit this was one tasty (and easy) salad. That’s something else I like doing – taking a recipe from a restaurant and changing it a little. 😉

  21. says

    I have been in such a rut lately with my salads. I just can’t think of anything new and different to try, but this looks great! Pinning so I don’t forget! :)

    • says

      Hello, Annie, and thanks so much for passing by … and for pinning! So glad that I could give you some new ‘salad inspiration’!

  22. says

    I have a total weakness for anything involving avocado. The pics you’ve taken for this recipe are perfect! Its barely 8am and I have cravings for avocado and chicken. Totally gonna have to try this for lunch! Yum.The maple orange spinach chicken is out of this world though! How did you even have left overs?! :O

    • says

      Ha! Good question about the leftovers, Tashiana! Thanks so much for the lovely encouraging comment. It’s a while since I’ve had this salad but now you’ve reminded me to make it again soon. I’m the same as you with avocados – love them. Thanks so much for paying me a visit and having a look around, too! :-)


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