Southwest Grilled Chicken Salad

1
Sharyn Melting

By
@pclady4u

One of my favorite salads for entertaining with family & friends at the lake. Even though it's healthy, everyone loves it! Serve it tossed in a bowl or layered on a platter! Choice of two dressings will spice it up to your liking!

Rating:
★★★★★ 1 vote
Serves:
8
Prep:
30 Min
Method:
Grill

Ingredients

1 pkg
romaine lettuce head (3 from the package)
3-4
chicken breasts, boneless and skinless
1 can(s)
black beans, drained and rinsed well
1/2-3/4 c
frozen corn, thawed
1/2-3/4 c
pitted black olives, sliced
1 large
pepper, red or orange
1-2
avocados (optional)

SIMPLE 2 INGREDIENT DRESSING

1 c
mayonnaise
1/2 c
salsa, chunky

DRESSING INGREDIENTS

1 c
ranch dressing
2-3 tsp
taco seasoning mix or other tex-mex/sw seasoning
1
jalapeno peppers, seeded & finely chopped
1 Tbsp
lime juice

How to Make Southwest Grilled Chicken Salad

Step-by-Step

  • 1For the Dressing: I love both of these dressings with this salad & couldn't decide which one to post - you decide which one to make. Combine ingredients with a whisk until blended & refrigerate until serving.
  • 2For the Chicken: Brush chicken with canola/olive oil. Season with salt & pepper, sprinkle with SW seasoning or taco seasoning. Grill for 4-5 minutes on each side or until thermometer reads 165 degrees. Remove from grill to cutting board & slice or chop depending on serving style (bowl or platter)
  • 3For the Salad Prep: Twist off core on the Romaine heads. Rinse leaves and spin dry with a Salad Spinner & tear or cut into pieces.(can also use packaged torn Romaine) Slice olives & dice bell pepper. Remove pit from avocado. Slice or dice for serving.
  • 4Serving the salad: Bowl or Platter
    In a large serving BOWL, combine all salad ingredients & pour dressing over to coat or serve the dressing on the side.

    PLATTER: Layer the avocado, beans, corn, chicken, bell pepper, avocado over the chopped Romaine. Serve the dressing on the side.

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About Southwest Grilled Chicken Salad

Course/Dish: Chicken, Chicken Salads, Salads
Main Ingredient: Chicken
Regional Style: Mexican
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, Healthy