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Southwest Chicken Salad Summer

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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….. 

Black Bean & Mango Salsa | cookingwithcurls.com

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

Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing cookingwithcurls.com

it makes the perfect light summer meal…..

Southwest Chicken Salad w/Cilantro Lime Dressing | cookingwithcurls.com

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

How to make a Southwest Chicken Salad for Summer:

For the Salsa:

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

For the 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.

To assemble the salad:

Place lettuce in a large bowl or serving platter. Place shredded chicken on top of lettuce.

Sprinkle the salsa over the chicken, and drizzle with dressing…..

Southwest Chicken Salad w/Cilantro Lime Dressing | cookingwithcurls.com

Soooo, does that dressing look a bit strange to you? Yep, I forgot to add the mayonnaise this time when I took the new pictures. It was really delicious without if you want to leave it out, lol

Some additional Southwest Salad recipes for you to try:

Southwest Chicken Salad Spring – with avocado and Creamy Guacamole Dressing

Southwest Chicken Salad Fall – with roasted corn and sweet potatoes and Chipotle Ranch Dressing

Southwest Chicken Salad Winter – with pomegranate seeds and Orange Cilantro Dressing

Tex-Mex Chopped Chicken Salad – with cheddar cheese chunks, broken tortilla chips and Ranch Dressing

Southwest Chicken Salad Wraps

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Enjoy!!

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Southwest Chicken Salad Summer

This delicious Southwest Chicken Salad Summer version is easy to prepare and loaded with southwestern flavors!
5 from 1 vote
Print Rate
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: salad, chicken, recipe, southwest, cilantro, lime, dressing, mangoes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories: 512kcal
Author: Lisa Johnson

Ingredients

Salsa

  • ½ cup diced red bell pepper
  • ½ cup diced red onion
  • 1 can corn (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 can black beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 fresh mango (peeled and chopped)
  • 3 green onions (sliced)
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons 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)

Dressing

  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 large cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon honey

Instructions

Salsa

  • Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

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

  • Place lettuce in a large bowl or serving platter. Place shredded chicken on top of lettuce.
  • Sprinkle the salsa over the chicken, and drizzle with dressing.
  • Garnish with chopped cilantro and serve with additional dressing.

Notes

  • 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.

Nutrition

Calories: 512kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 43mg | Sodium: 556mg | Potassium: 562mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 1415IU | Vitamin C: 38mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 2.7mg

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36 Comments

  1. You had me at cilantro. I don’t know how anyone can not like it…I can eat it plain! I want this salad for dinner. I agree that Pinterest is one of the greatest things ever, and I’m completely HOOKED!

  2. 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!

  3. 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!

  4. I happen to have a Mango waiting for this salad! This looks great!

    Thanks for linking to the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party! See you next week.

    Cynthia

  5. This salad looks AMAZING! Thanks for linking it up with us on Wonderful Food Wednesday. I’m also going to link up to it in the next couple months on 52 Weeks of No-Repeat Meal Plans. Thanks for sharing. 😉

  6. 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

  7. 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.
    Sam

  8. You had me at mango with this beautiful salad, Lisa! 🙂 Whoa! Thank you so much for linking up with me this week at Tasty Tuesdays! I’ve pinned this & shared it with my followers! Please be sure to stop back by the party and check out some of the other links!

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