Southwest Chicken Salad

Southwest Chicken Salad
Servings: 4 Total Time 40 mins


  • 1 pound chicken cutlets or tenders
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt, divided
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 4 tomatillos, husked and halved
  • 1 jalapeno, seeds removed
  • 1 cup cilantro, leaves and stems
  • 1/2 avocado
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 4 - 6 cups shredded romaine lettuce
  • 1 15 oz. can reduced-sodium black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 large tomato, chopped
  • 1/2 English cucumber, chopped
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped
  • 1 cup corn kernels (frozen and defrosted is fine)
  • 1 cup tortilla chips, crumbled
  • 1/2 cup crumbled queso fresco or shredded cheddar (optional)

Make It

1. Heat a grill or grill pan. Brush the chicken with the olive oil and sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper to taste. Cook the chicken until done, about 3 to 4 minutes per side depending on thickness. The chicken should be white all the way through when pierced with a knife. Remove from the heat and let cool.

2. To make the dressing, combine the tomatillos, onion, jalapeno, and cilantro in the bowl of a food processor or blender and puree; add the avocado and blend until smooth. Season with lime juice, pepper to taste and the remaining teaspoon salt. Taste and add more salt if necessary. Reserve.

3. In a large bowl combine the lettuce, beans, tomato, cucumber, corn, tortilla chips and toss. Cut or tear the chicken into strips and add to the salad. Pour the dressing over the salad, toss well, and garnish with the cheese if using.

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe: 4; Amount Per Serving: cal. (kcal): 426, Fat, total (g): 16, sat. fat (g): 2, carb. (g): 43, fiber (g): 10, sugar (g): 6, pro. (g): 34, sodium (mg): 759, calcium (mg): 109, iron (mg): 4, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.