Southwest Chicken Salad Summer & pinterest

It is time for my Southwest Chicken Salad Summer version to make an appearance.  What makes the summer version different?  Well there are two things actually…..

mangoes and creamy cilantro lime dressing!  That’s right, mangoes are nice and ripe this time of year and add a new twist to this salad.  The creamy cilantro lime dressing is lighter and tangier to compliment the sweet mangoes.  Doesn’t this black bean salsa with the mangoes look delicious?

Black Bean & Mango Salsa |

and this is the Cream Cilantro Lime Dressing that ties it all together…..

Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing

it makes the perfect light summer meal…..

Southwest Chicken Salad w/Cilantro Lime Dressing |

and it is super fast to prepare if you use rotisserie chicken.  Sometimes I crush tortilla chips on top just for fun!

Onto the topic of Pinterest.  If you are not familiar with Pinterest, you are missing out!  It is like a giant board covered in post it notes, separated into categories.  I am still working on all of my categories, but I have tried to separate my categories in a logical way.  And yes, they are alphabetized!!!

Lately there seems to be more and more drama finding it’s way to Pinterest.  I guess it was just a matter of time.  Everyone seems to feel entitled to make nasty comments on the internet, while hiding behind their computer screen.  Maybe some people do not realize that their nasty comments are emailed to the person who they re-pinned from!  So I have decided to explain how and why I use Pinterest to my friends and followers.

How…..I use Pinterest mostly for inspiration.  I see a picture that interests me, and I pin it to a board category that makes sense to me so it will be easy to remember where it is.  I might not ever use that recipe.  I might not ever go to the website that it originates from.   Something about that picture sparked an idea in my head, and that was all I needed.  I honestly do not need someone else’s opinion about it being unhealthy, or it is not the correct ingredients, or that you are offended by any of the ingredients that it does contain.  They are not my recipes…..I did not originally post them…..I just stuck them on my boards 🙂 Update: This one just made my day “You may be the best follow I ever made! OMG!!! All the nummies you pin!”

Why…..I use Pinterest because it is fun!  It is a great way to collect ideas and inspiration all in one place.  It is also a way to help others.  Most of my boards are food boards, shocking I know!  But I also have a huge collection of Blog Info, Food Styling, Food Photography, Pinerest Info, Facebook Info, Twitter Info, Harry Potter Parties, and just about everything you could possibly need for St. Patrick’s Day! {Update: I now have over 200 pinterest boards}

Southwest Chicken Salad w/Cilantro Lime Dressing |

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Southwest Chicken Salad Summer

Serves 6
Prep time 25 minutes
Meal type Main Course, Salad
This is my Southwest Chicken Salad Summer version with fresh mangoes added to the black bean salsa and features a Cilantro Lime Dressing!


  • For the Salsa
  • 1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup diced red onion
  • 1 can organic corn (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 fresh mango (peeled and chopped)
  • 3 green onions (sliced)
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh cilantro (chopped)
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 Teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • For the Salad
  • 1 bag Leaf Lettuce (I used European Blend)
  • 1 bag Spring Mix
  • 2 Cups cooked chicken (shredded)
  • For the Dressing
  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise*
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 Cloves fresh garlic
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon honey


For the Salsa:
Black Bean & Mango Salsa |
Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
For the Dressing:
Cilantro Lime Dressing
Place all ingredients together in the bowl of a food processor, and puree until smooth. Taste and adjust as necessary. Pour into a covered container and refrigerate until ready to serve.
For the salad:
Southwest Chicken Salad Lettuce
Place lettuce in a large bowl or serving platter.
Southwest Chicken Salad Platter
Place shredded chicken on top of lettuce.
Southwest Chicken Salad w/Cilantro Lime Dressing |
Sprinkle the salsa over the chicken, and drizzle with dressing.
Southwest Chicken Salad w/Cilantro Lime Dressing |
Garnish with chopped cilantro and serve with additional dressing.


*This dressing is just as delicious without the mayonnaise if you do not want to use it.

Rotisserie chicken works perfectly for a super fast dinner.

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  1. says

    I love this salad, Lisa! I really like corn and black beans in salads. In fact, I had a salad at Chili’s a couple of nights ago – grilled chicken. It had black beans, corn, grilled chicken and avocado (left out the cheese, added avocado.) It came with honey lime vinaigrette. It as so good. Just like your salad looks good. Pinning and sharing on social media!
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  2. says

    I have to admit that I could probably just drink the dressing. I love cilantro! And all the flavors in this salad must be amazing! Great summertime recipe!

  3. says

    This does look delicious. I read thru the ingredients…it is a recipe after my own heart (actual spices vs. mixes). The cilantro lime dressing looks divine (love love cilantro).

    I’m not very technical and am still learning to use Pinterest…I was intrigued to read your comments and opinions (and wouldn’t that be a compliment, that comment from the new follower that made your day).
    Lynaea @ EveryDayBloom

  4. says

    I saw your salad on Foodie Friday and wanted to drop by and take a closer look. You’ve used some of our favorite ingredients – black beans, mangos, corn, cilantro. And I love the idea of adding a bit of crunch on top with the crushed tortillas.

    Hope you have a lovely weekend.


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