Southwestern Chicken Salad with Creamy Cilantro Dressing

Southwestern chicken salad with creamy cilantro dressing is 1000x more delicious, fresher, and healthier than any restaurant salad at a fraction of the price.Southwestern Chicken Salad with Creamy Cilantro DressingSpring is just a few weeks away and I couldn’t be more excited. I’m thinking barbeques, cold drinks, frozen yogurt, and lots of salads. One of my favorite foods to eat during spring is salads because they are light and filling. Plus, they make you feel amazing inside and out.

This southwestern chicken salad is no different. It’s healthy, light and fresh topped with warm spicy chicken and a creamy cilantro dressing. This creamy delicious dressing is beyond this world. It’s made with 3 simple ingredients (sour-cream, cilantro, and lime) yet it packs an explosion of flavor and is the perfect accompaniment to this yummy salad. Southwestern Chicken Salad with Creamy Cilantro DressingSouthwestern Chicken Salad with Creamy Cilantro Dressing

Southwestern Chicken Salad with Creamy Cilantro Dressing How do you guys like my husband’s hand modeling? This is his first time helping me photograph food and I think he did a pretty darn good job. Now only if he was around more often so I can take photos of food from this angle! After I finished photographing the dish he sat down and finished the entire salad. I guess it was worth the wait!  Southwestern Chicken Salad with Creamy Cilantro DressingSouthwestern Chicken Salad with Creamy Cilantro Dressing

Southwestern Chicken Salad with Creamy Cilantro Dressing

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Recipe type: Salad
Cuisine: Tex-Mex
Serves: 2

Ingredients

  • For the chicken:
  • 2 medium chicken breasts
  • 1 tablespoon taco seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Juice of ½ lime (reserve other half for dressing)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • For the Salad:
  • 2 cups romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 1 ripe avocado, sliced
  • 1 medium tomato diced
  • ½ cup black beans, rinsed
  • ½ cup corn, rinsed
  • ¼ cup cilantro for topping


  • Creamy Cilantro Dressing:
  • ½ cup sour-cream (or Greek yogurt)
  • ¼ cup packed cilantro with stems
  • juice of ½ lime
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. In a medium ziplock bag, place the chicken breasts, taco seasoning, cumin, salt, lime juice and olive oil. Shake until fully combine and chicken is coated. Allow to marinate for 10 minutes or up to 2 days in advance.

  2. To cook chicken: heat a heavy skillet to medium/high heat (Be sure the skillet is very hot before adding chicken). Add 1 teaspoon oil of choice to skillet. Place the chicken on skillet and cook for 4-5 minutes on each side. Allow to rest in pan for at least 5 minutes before cutting.

  3. To make the dressing: Place the sour-cream (or greek yogurt), cilantro, lime juice, and salt in a blender or food processor. Pulse for a few seconds or just until the cilantro is fully chopped.


  4. To Assemble: Place the chopped romaine lettuce on the bottom of a salad plate. Top with avocado, chopped tomatoes, black beans, corn, cilantro, and sliced chicken. Top with cold creamy cilantro dressing just before serving. Enjoy!

Southwestern Chicken Salad with Creamy Cilantro Dressing Nutritional factsSouthwestern chicken salad with creamy cilantro dressing is 1000x more delicious, fresher, and healthier than any restaurant salad at a fraction of the price.Southwestern Chicken Salad with Creamy Cilantro Dressing

7 Comments

  • Mindy Clark

    I made this salad for the first time about a month ago, and I’ve made it every week since.

    I made a HUGE serving of it – added chopped sweet peppers and subtracted the chicken, and took it as a vegan (on its own) or vegetarian (with the dressing) option, and it was a hit. 4 people wanted the recipe for the dressing (which I use full fat Greek yogurt to make.)

    We’ve also discovered that the marinade works fantastic on fish, add sliced peppers and cabbage, cover with the dressing and wrap in a corn tortilla and it’s just PERFECTION.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! Super easy and delicious and great as a base for more fantastic meals.

  • Valerie

    Made this for dinner tonight and I loved it. Wasn’t time consuming to make either. I like to leave out salt of my meals and I found it tasted great. Can’t wait to eat the leftovers for lunch.

  • Mary Z.

    I made this salad for dinner last night. I used the lowfat Greek yogurt instead of the sour cream. I also added green onion and a little sharp cheddar cheese. My husband and I both absolutely loved it! If I take the time to leave a comment on a recipe it’s definitely a keeper!! We especially love the lime flavor in the dressing. The marinade left the chicken so flavorful! Thank you for sharing this recipe.

    • Layla

      Yes that’s correct. Most of the calories are from the sour-cream and black beans but you can omit those if you want and use non-fat yogurt instead of the sour-cream.

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