Southwestern Chicken Salad
Chock full of summer vegetables, spicy chicken, cheese, and dressed in a lime, cilantro vinaigrette, this Southwestern Chicken Salad will make a healthy meal for the whole family!
A Healthy Salad Recipe with Chicken is light and refreshing, even on the hottest summer day!
A Healthy, Seasonal Southwestern Chicken Salad
I would rather endure scorching 110º temps day after day than have another bitterly cold winter like we experienced in 2014. You should have seen my get-ups during the worst of it.
I often sat at the computer donned in layer upon layer of clothing, my Uggs, and a scarf. Brrrrrr.
But spring, then summer finally arrived. I ditched my coats, started making frequent visits to my favorite source for fresh produce down the street, created lighter meals, like this Southwest Chicken Salad recipe, and enjoyed evening walks through the neighborhood with my family. I adore everything to do with summer.
A Healthy Salad Recipe with Chicken
I’m a huge fan of an entree salad, utilizing greens like lettuce, arugula, or spinach plus the best of the summer veggies and a topping of protein, be it meat, cheese, or both. And purchasing seasonal veggies makes this Southwestern Chicken Salad an economical meal. In fact, you may have many of these ingredients right in your own garden.
I was hoping I could convert the hubby with this spectacular recipe, but it was a no-go. I can usually predict these things. He’s a Mr. Meat and Potatoes kind of guy, so I had some flour tortillas available for him to make a manly wrap using my salad ingredients. He was a big fan of his version.
I’m a huge fan and proponent of entree salads, especially this salad recipe with chicken. This Chicken Greek Salad is tempting me with its Mediterranean flavors and I’d never say no to this Thai Beef Salad, either. And this Chicken Souvlaki Salad is another Mediterranean winner! Some of my favorites from the blog include this Mexican Chopped Salad, Ramen Noodle Salad with Chicken, and this Shrimp and Orange Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette. And if you’re hankering for grilled chicken, these Mustard, Garlic, Lime Marinated Chicken Breasts are incredibly delicious!
This Tex-Mex Entree Salad is Perfect for a Healthy Fit Lifestyle
We always attempt to eat healthier despite our busy schedules. I love stocking up on-sale items, buying loads of chicken breasts when they’re on sale, and packing them in family-sized portions for my freezer. Hit your farmers’ market for deals on fresh fruits and veggies. Bring your family along and let them help pick out new items to try each week. Having even a small vegetable garden, which the family can all tend to, is another way to introduce new healthy foods into your menus.
I wouldn’t hesitate to add any veggie from my garden to this salad. Freshly picked and steamed green beans or peas would be divine! Besides being economic, tending a garden gets the family outside and off the couch. We always had our children help with digging the shallow trenches, planting the seeds, and watering. They were thrilled to see the first fronds of green peeking through the soil. And they were great little harvesters, too. Keeping active can be fun! This Southwest Chicken Salad Recipe is the perfect excuse to use some of your garden harvests!
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Southwestern Chicken Salad
A lovely vegetables salad with a lime cilantro vinaigrette, chicken, cheese and some Tex-Mex heat!
- 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
For spice rub:
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 2 tablespoons, chopped fresh cilantro
- 1 clove of garlic, minced
- 1/2 teaspoon minced jalapeno or a pinch of red pepper flakes
- Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Salad (these are just suggestions. Use whatever vegetables you'd like):
- 1-2 Romaine lettuce hearts, thinly sliced
- 1/2 red bell pepper, seeded, veins removed and sliced or diced
- 2 ears of fresh sweet corn, grilled or steamed, then kernels removed
- 1/2 onion, sliced and grilled, then chopped
- Cherry or grape tomatoes, cut in half
- Queso fresco (or cheese of your choice), cut into cubes or crumbled
- Mix salt and spices together in a small bowl. Rub onto chicken breasts, then grill, cool, and shred.
- Mix all salad ingredients together in a large bowl.
- In a glass jar or measuring cup, mix together dressing ingredients, and season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Pour dressing over salad, mix and serve.
To make ahead, chop all salad ingredients, grill chicken, and make dressing up to 2 days before. Keep refrigerated. Bring the dressing to room temperature, shred chicken and "compose" your salad when ready to serve.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 519Total Fat: 26gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 123mgSodium: 738mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 4gSugar: 14gProtein: 46g
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39 Comments on “Southwestern Chicken Salad”
This is so good! I love how quick and easy it is!! A new favorite at my house!
This looks like something we would really enjoy. My husband is always asking for “chicken salad” for dinner. I have pinned this to make soon!
A lovely fresh looking salad with great flavours on the chicken.
I am a big fan of the whole dinner salad as well, Liz. Especially for hot summer days when just turning the stove on seems to add heat to the room, never mind the oven! Your salad is beautiful!
I’d much rather a cold winter over a boiling hot day- at least when it’s cold, you can wear heaps of clothes and sit in front of the fire!! In summer, there’s not much you can do other than turning on the fans/aircon (which is no good for the environment!) 😛 I really love salads in summer though!! And your salad looks great- the chicken looks so tasty! 🙂
Great way to get the hubby to eat salads. Luckily this summer hasn’t been to warm and I’ve been pretty comfortable.
I’m good with 110 – it’s the 117 weather that gets me.
Love this salad – we do a lot of salads in the summer, and this incorporates some fresh ingredients so you feel like you are experiencing summer.
I believe this is the big salad that would make Elaine on Seinfeld proud and happy to eat. It makes me happy!
Love the wrap options for the hubs 🙂 As much as I dig a good entree salad in the summer, I’m a sucker for a wrap, too. Great idea, Liz!
Winter 2014 is something I never want to experience again. It hasn’t been blazing hot often but I’m loving that it’s not cold and snowing. This vibrant salad would be welcome any time of the year.
I absolutely love a southwestern style salad! I love that you had the wrap version available for the hubby…versatility is awesome!
Like you, I can’t handle the cold. I live in my flip-flops. This salad is a beauty! I love grilled salads in the summer time.
This is one of my favorite salads. It sounds like turning it into a wrap would indeed make the men in our lives happy. 🙂
I love entree salads too. So light and refreshing while also being very satisfying. This looks delicious Liz!
This looks utterly delicious and summery!
Southwestern-inspired foods are always a favorite, and this salad looks absolutely wonderful! I’m planning to make it for lunch tomorrow…can’t wait!
Oh no, if the weather gets too hot I melt. I love sweaters and hot soups – bring on the chill in the air! But I do miss the grill and garden veggies in the winter. This looks delicious and I love the flavors in the spice rub for the chicken.
This is the perfect summer salad. I love the southwest flavors!
I love entree salads too, this is the perfect summer dinner!