Southwest Chicken Salad

Southwest Chicken Salad

A bed of lettuce layered with colorful veggies, black beans, and cilantro, topped with tangy homemade dressing!


4 servings


Dressing Ingredients:

3 tablespoons oil
3 tablespoons Balsamic vinegar*
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon salt
dash pepper

Salad and Toppings:

Approximately 4 cups lettuce of your choice, freshly washed and torn
1 cup chopped multi-colored bell peppers (green, red, yellow, and/or orange)
1 cup cooked or grilled chicken, cubed
1 cup cooked black beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup sliced green onion tops
2 avocados, diced
a handful of chopped fresh cilantro


1. Start by combining dressing ingredients in a small bowl and whisking with a fork or small whisk. Set aside for flavors to combine.

2. Prepare lettuce and toppings by washing, chopping, etc. as specified in the ingredient list.

3. Layer salad starting with the lettuce. Sprinkle colored peppers, chicken, black beans, green onions, avocado, and cilantro.

4. Drizzle dressing on top and enjoy!

Southwest Chicken Salad
Additional Notes: 

*You can substitute freshly-squeezed lime juice for some or all of the vinegar.

Southwest Chicken Salad

I created this recipe as a healthy, homemade "Southwest" type of dish. It's light enough to be served as a dinner side, or for lunch. We had a lot of trouble coming up with a good name for this dish! In the end, we felt that "Southwest Chicken Salad" best described the salad without going into a huge long description.

Preparation Time: 

25 minutes

Tammy's Review: 

I love this salad! There is room for adjustments, but remember that substitutions will change the flavor and taste! :) I personally feel it's best made exactly how the recipe specifies.

If you have picky eaters, you can prepare the toppings and let everyone make their own salad. In our house, Joshua and the children omit the cilantro. But, I love cilantro, and having a good amount gives a great flavor in my opinion. :)


We LOVED this.I think it's one we will be eating a lot this summer.I added in a can of rinsed drained corn since I forgot to get the avacado.


This was incredible. Especially LOVED the dressing!! Served it to my hubby and his friend last night, and got rave reviews! :)


I made this last night for some friends with a new baby. We all loved it. My husband said, "This is the best salad you've made." Very fresh and all the flavors worked well together.


I am having this tonight for the second time. So excited for my hubby to get home to eat! I love ranch on it, too. Thanks for the delicious recipe!


I made this according the the recipe with the exception of ommiting the peppers and onions. Maybe that's why it wasn't the greatest thing since sliced bread.

I think I prefer a mexican salad with a cream dressing and cheese. I missed the cheese ;-)


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