This Southwest Chicken Salad is full of bold, bright flavors and drizzled with THE BEST creamy cilantro lime dressing. It's a salad that's always a hit and that you'll never get tired of!
About This Recipe
This salad is loaded with Southwest-inspired ingredients like corn, avocado, peppers and more. It's also topped with simple but flavorful sliced chicken.
The dressing is a greek-yogurt based Creamy Cilantro Lime dressing. It's so good you'll want to start putting it on everything. The cilantro and lime flavor are tasty but not over-the-top.
You can make this salad as dinner, lunch or meal prep for your week! This salad is particularly popular as meal prep because it's easy to store and super-satisfying.
Here are a few popular substitutions and additions for this recipe:
- Chicken: chicken is the classic choice for this recipe; but you can swap it out for your favorite protein. Steak, salmon, ground beef, and shrimp are all popular options.
- Mini sweet peppers: swap these out for 1 bell pepper (any color).
- Greek yogurt: this is used as the base of the dressing. Be sure to use full-fat (not non-fat) plain Greek yogurt. You could also use sour cream.
- Dressing: this recipe includes a Creamy Cilantro Lime dressing; but you can use your favorite store-bought version instead. See below for other dressing options.
This recipe includes a delicious homemade Creamy Cilantro Lime vinaigrette. You could also swap it out for your favorite store-bought version or other dressing options like: cilantro lime vinaigrette, avocado dressing, or even ranch dressing.
Frequently Asked Questions
No, because these canned items come pre-cooked you don't need to heat them up or cook them. Simply drain them, rinse them in a strainer, and add them to your salad.
Other popular choices include: cilantro lime vinaigrette, avocado dressing, or even ranch dressing.
If your dressing is too watery or thin, add more yogurt. If your dressing is too thick, add more water. After blending the dressing, you can also taste and adjust the amount of lime, cilantro, salt and pepper to personal preference.
How to Store Leftovers
Store any leftovers in the fridge in an airtight container. This recipe will stay good for 3 - 4 days; but if you've already mixed in the dressing it will be soggy after about 1 day. Store your dressing separate to keep the lettuce fresh.
How to Meal Prep This Recipe
Store your dressing in a separate container and add it just before eating. For best results, use a compartmentalized meal prep container and keep the lettuce separate from the other salad ingredients.