This grilled chicken southwestern salad is delicious and satisfying. With perfectly seasoned grilled chicken, corn, black beans, tomatoes and cheese all on crisp lettuce, this salad is perfect for lunch or dinner. We serve it with a simple-to-make chipotle ranch dressing that tops it off beautifully. Enjoy!
1 lb. Chicken Breast (2 chicken breasts)
1 tsp. Chili Powder
1 tsp. Kosher Salt
½ tsp. Garlic Powder
¼ tsp. Onion Powder
¼ tsp. Cumin
¼ tsp. Black Pepper
12-16 oz. Lettuce Mix (we used prepackaged salad mix)
8 oz. Canned Corn, drained and rinsed
8 oz. Canned Black Beans, drained and rinsed
2 Medium Tomatoes, seeded and diced
1-2 tbsp. Cheddar Jack Cheese, shredded
Chipotle Ranch Dressing Ingredients
Ranch Dressing, use your favorite brand
Chipotle Hot Sauce, to taste, use your favorite brand
Make the Chipotle Ranch Dressing
Add ranch dressing (enough for 4 servings) and add the chipotle hot sauce to taste. Stir well to combine. I like to start off with just a little bit of the hot sauce, then I taste and adjust until it’s just right. Refrigerate the dressing until ready to serve.
Prepare the chicken
Cut each chicken breast in half, lengthwise, to make 4 thinner pieces, set aside.
In a small bowl add the chili powder, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin and black pepper. Stir well to combine, set aside.
Sprinkle the chicken on both sides with the prepared seasoning mix.
Grill the chicken over moderate to moderate-low heat until the internal temperature is at least 165°F at its thickest part. Cooking time will depend on the thickness of the chicken. When the chicken has cooled enough to handle, cut each breast into bite sized cubes. Refrigerate until ready to use, if desired.
Build the grilled chicken southwestern salad
Divide all the salad ingredients into four portions. Add the lettuce to 4 individual bowls. Top with the chicken, corn, black beans, tomatoes and cheese.
Serve the grilled chicken southwestern salad with the chipotle ranch dressing. Enjoy!
Makes 4 Salads