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The BEST Grilled Southwest Chicken Salad Recipe

by Heather

A grilled southwest chicken salad your taste buds will love! This full meal big salad is packed with southwestern flavor from the cilantro lime chicken and chipotle ranch dressing. Loads of fresh veggies, including juicy Pure Flavor® Organic Sangria® Medley Tomatoes, crunchy lettuce, fiber-rich black beans, and roasted corn are what make this a healthy salad. This easy recipe will become one of your favorite salads to meal prep, or serve to a crowd!

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The BEST Grilled Southwest Chicken Salad

What makes this southwest grilled chicken salad so good for you?

This salad has it all! It’s balanced, healthy, delicious, and easy to make.

We’ve got veggie-loaded goodness in the form of crunchy romaine, sweet tomatoes, and herby cilantro.

Healthy protein from our chicken and beans.

Fibrous carbohydrates from beans and corn.

Nourishing fats from the avocado and dressing.

This salad checks all the boxes – carbs, protein, fat, fiber, and flavor! Get ready for a massive hit!

Grilled Southwest Chicken Salad Ingredients

Eating the rainbow

Creating a colorful salad is not only beautiful, but it’s also so good for the body. The more color and variety we add in, the more variety of nutrients we’ll be consuming.

I love the Organic Sangria® Medley Tomatoes from Pure Flavor®! Not only are they delicious (as all of their tomatoes are!), you’re getting yellow, orange, green, and red tomatoes, bringing that rainbow perspective into your meal.

They’re sweet, tart, plump and juicy, and simply the perfect grape tomatoes for this recipe!

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What you need for this southwest salad with grilled chicken

Ingredients for Grilled Southwest Chicken Salad

How to make this southwestern chicken salad recipe

For the full ingredients list, nutrition facts, and step-by-step instructions, scroll down to view the recipe card below.

  1. Combine 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, fresh lime juice, fresh cilantro, sea salt, and chili powder in a large bowl. Add the chicken into the marinade ingredients for 30 minutes, or in an airtight container in the fridge overnight.
  2. To grill the chicken, heat a barbeque to medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook on the first side for 10 minutes, flip, and cook another 10 minutes, or until the chicken is fully cooked through to an internal temperature of 165 degrees F. Set aside to cool, and then dice into bite-size pieces.
  3. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. Add the corn to a rimmed baking sheet, and drizzle ½ tbsp olive oil on it, along with a pinch of sea salt. Stir and roast for 15-20 minutes, until the corn is beginning to get a little golden color on it. Set aside to cool.
  4. To make the chipotle ranch dressing combine the dressing ingredients into a blender or a food processor and blend until smooth. Pour into a small bowl and aside until ready to use.
  5. In individual bowls or a large serving bowl, add the romaine lettuce, tomatoes, black beans, diced chicken, roasted corn, sliced avocado, green onion, and cilantro. Drizzle with the creamy dressing and toss to combine. Enjoy this great recipe!
Grilled Chicken marinaded in cilantro lime marinade

Don’t want to grill your chicken? Try these other methods for cooked chicken:

Grilled chicken leaves you with such juicy chicken, but there are other ways to cook your chicken for this hearty salad.

Use a grill pan inside to get a similar effect.

You can also bake the chicken in the oven, or use an instant pot to cook it.

When you’re super rushed on time, pick up a rotisserie chicken to use!

Grilled Southwest Chicken Salad

Customize this bbq chicken salad

Some extra additions that would go well with this salad that can be easily added in are these:

  • tortilla strips or tortilla chips
  • sour cream or plain greek yogurt
  • shredded cheddar cheese
  • diced sweet bell peppers
Mason jar salad of southern grilled chicken salad

How to pack a mason jar salad with chicken

Mason jar salads are not only cute, but they’re also functional! Here’s how I love to pack salads to go all in one container.

  • Start with your dressing on the base of the mason jar.
  • Next, add the protein and beans.
  • After that add the corn.
  • Lastly come the veggies – the tomatoes, lettuce, green onion, and cilantro.

The avocado can be packed into the mason jar before the vegetables. If you choose to add it in, toss the avocado in lime juice first to reduce the browning. You can always bring an avocado along and add it in right before shaking the jar!

Packing your mason jar salad with chicken this way will ensure that your vegetables don’t get soggy, and then all you have to do is give it a good shake and you’re ready to enjoy it!

A tip to not forget – don’t overstuff your mason jar!

You want to leave a little breathing room so that there is space for the salad to move around when you shake it.

I love using a wide-mouth quart mason jar for mason jar salads!

Grilled Southwest Chicken Salad with Chipotle Ranch Dressing

Substitutions for this grilled southwest chicken salad recipe

Below you’ll find a list of substitutions that will work well in this grilled southwest chicken salad recipe. 

If you try something different out, please leave a comment below letting us all know how it turned out!

Chicken breast – chicken thighs or steak are great alternatives here!

Extra virgin olive oil – avocado oil or another neutral oil works as a substitute.

Kefir – To make the dressing dairy-free, you can omit the kefir and increase the mayo used. An alternative to kefir would be plain yogurt.

Chipotle in adobo sauce – If you don’t want to use a chipotle in adobo sauce, simply add 1 teaspoon chili powder into the dressing ingredients instead of the chipotle. This will give you a medium-heat salad dressing.

Black beans – pinto beans are a great substitute!

Grilled Southwest Chicken Salad

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Grilled Southwest Chicken Salad
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Grilled Southwest Chicken Salad

A grilled southwest chicken salad your taste buds will love! This full meal big salad is packed with southwestern flavor from the cilantro lime chicken and chipotle ranch dressing. Loads of fresh veggies, including juicy tomatoes, crunchy lettuce, fiber-rich black beans, and roasted corn are what make this a healthy salad. This easy recipe will become one of your favorite salads to meal prep, or serve to a crowd!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: black beans, chicken, corn, ranch, salad, tomatoes
Servings: 6
Calories: 495kcal
Author: Heather

Ingredients

Dressing Ingredients

Salad Ingredients

Instructions

  • Combine 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, fresh lime juice, fresh cilantro, sea salt, and chili powder in a large bowl. Add the chicken into the marinade ingredients for 30 minutes, or in an airtight container in the fridge overnight.
  • To grill the chicken, heat a barbeque to medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook on the first side for 10 minutes, flip, and cook another 10 minutes, or until the chicken is fully cooked through to an internal temperature of 165 degrees F. Set aside to cool, and then dice into bite-size pieces.
  • Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. Add the corn to a rimmed baking sheet, and drizzle ½ tbsp olive oil on it, along with a pinch of sea salt. Stir and roast for 15-20 minutes, until the corn is beginning to get a little golden color on it. Set aside to cool.
  • To make the chipotle ranch dressing combine the dressing ingredients into a blender or a food processor and blend until smooth. Pour into a small bowl and aside until ready to use.
  • In individual bowls or a large serving bowl, add the romaine lettuce, tomatoes, black beans, diced chicken, roasted corn, sliced avocado, green onion, and cilantro. Drizzle with the creamy dressing and toss to combine. Enjoy this great recipe!
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Nutrition

Calories: 495kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 10g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 82mg | Sodium: 914mg | Potassium: 1315mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1715IU | Vitamin C: 35mg | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 3mg
Grilled Southwest Chicken Salad

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XO

Heather

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