Santa Fe Chicken Salad

Santa Fe Chicken Salad Recipe

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Carolyn Haas


Where I used to live, there was a restaurant that made a wonderful salad with most of these ingredients. This is an embellished fusion version of it. If the chimichurri is made with cilantro, all the better!


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10 Min
No-Cook or Other


  • 2 c
    chopped romaine lettuce
  • 4 oz
    grilled chicken breast or rotisserie chicken
  • 1/4 c
    black beans, canned
  • 2 Tbsp
    frozen corn, thawed
  • 1 Tbsp
    red onion, minced
  • 4
    cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 small
    avocado, diced
  • 2 Tbsp
    cotija cheese, crumbled
  • 1-2 tsp
    sour cream, lite or regular
  • 1-2 tsp
    lime juice
  • 1 Tbsp
    chimichurri sauce
  • ·
    crispy tortilla strips, or crumbled tortilla chips for garnish

How to Make Santa Fe Chicken Salad


  1. Line large plate with romaine. Slice or shred chicken and place on lettuce.
  2. Distribute beans, onions, corn, tomatoes and avocado over chicken. Sprinkle cotija cheese over top.
  3. Thin sour cream with lime juice so it's pourable. Zig-zag sour cream across salad. Zig-zag chimichurri sauce across salad in opposite direction. Garnish with crispy tortilla strips.

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About Santa Fe Chicken Salad

Course/Dish: Chicken Salads
Main Ingredient: Chicken
Regional Style: Southwestern

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