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A lovely salad with a southwestern flair !
"To Macsmama, the ingredients are repeated b/c they are listed as used. The first set of ingredients refers to what you need to first make the salad dressing. Then, the second set of ingredients are listed and those refer to the actual salad itself which includes the marinade for the chicken. They are listed separately b/c they are used at different times in the recipe."- CookingPassion
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Make dressing ahead of time to marinate flavors. Refrigerate, but take out of refrigerator as chicken is grilling and let sit out to wait for salad.
To make dressing: Whisk together the 1/4 cup lime juice, 1/2 cup cilantro, 1 teaspoon of sugar, 1 tablespoon of chili powder, 1/4 teaspoon of ground cumin, 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper. Add 1/3 cup of oil in a light stream while whisking until emulsified.
In a small bowl, combine 2 tablespoons of oil, 2 cloves minced garlic, 1 teaspoon of chili powder, 1 teaspoon of ground cumin, 1 teaspoon of dried oregano and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Brush all over sides of chicken to coat. Let marinate in refrigerator for an hour. Lightly oil the grate of your grill to prevent sticking. Grill chicken over medium heat until chicken is no longer pink, turning once. Once cooked, let chicken sit for 10 minutes to rest while preparing remaining salad ingredients. Once cooled or brought to warm, slice on the diagonal.
Take out any of your favorite corn tortilla chips, sour cream, salsa, black olives, chopped tomatoes, sliced avocado, shredded cheddar or mexican cheese, lime wedges, and romaine lettuce. Have fun with your Southwest Grilled Chicken Salad bar !
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GRCntwrks 6 months agoThis was a great easy recipe. We ended up marinating for almost two days but my husband who does not care for chicken (calls it 'yard bird') thought this was a GOOD meal! He wants it again!
Rockstar89 1 year agoThe flavours were really nice, however it was a little too spicy to fully enjoy. I will make again but with less chilli powder.
Chelle0069 1 year agoDue to rain we couldn't grill but loved it!
d555 1 year agoAbsolutely delicious but about twice as much dressing as needed. I also found the dressing too tangy from the lime; will use about 2/3rds lime juice next time. I mixed the veg (minus lettuce) with the dressing, put the lettuce on the dish, veg on top and then chicken. I will also add corn and black beans next time, make it a heartier meal.
tristenmaraebartlett 1 year ago
marybradshaw 1 year agoMarinated it, then used the dressing to glaze while grilling...DELICIOUS! I used boneless skinless chicken tenders.
Macsmama 1 year agoI followed the directions as written but was disappointed with the end result. I dressing did taste good on the chicken but didnt taste edible on the salad. It had an overpowering flavor on the salad. I had high hopes but they were never reached. I believe the recipe needs to be reworked a bit.
melissacruz 1 year agoI loved this! The dressing and chicken were delicious
CookingPassion 2 years agoTo Macsmama, the ingredients are repeated b/c they are listed as used. The first set of ingredients refers to what you need to first make the salad dressing. Then, the second set of ingredients are listed and those refer to the actual salad itself which includes the marinade for the chicken. They are listed separately b/c they are used at different times in the recipe.
Macsmama 2 years agoThis recipe had several repeated ingredients. Typo's or intentional????
DrgnHrt 2 years agoGreat recipe. Only giving 3 star because of the dressing. It was very good on the chicken but gave the salad itself an odd flavor. Too much something, not enough something else? We haven't really figured it out yet.
mitchellthompson 2 years agoA new favorite as we turn to healthier eating
scturner97 2 years agoThis was a little spicy but everyone liked it. We love garlic, so I added garlic to the dressing. I also added lime juice and cliantro to the marinade. The chicken would be good in fajitas or qusadillas.
CookingPassion 2 years agoThank you for the nice comments on my page here. So glad you enjoyed the salad. This is definitely one of my favorites of my salad recipes on here.
Tracie255 2 years agoThis was a hit with the family! The dressing was delicious. I am Looking forward to leftovers today. I'l be making this dish again. Thank you!
mbourke8 2 years agoSo tasty! I added bell pepper, black beans, corn (left over from the cob the night before) and marinated the chicken over night. This will be in the regular rotation :)
Casheil 2 years agoVery tasty and healthy too!
lovelelemama 3 years agoMmmm so yummy! I added black beans and frozen corn(heated up in microwave together) and it really made it delish! :)
Xvost 3 years agoI liked the dressing. Certainly works well with the rest of the ingredients
CookingPassion 4 years agoGlad you enjoyed the salad. Thank you for your nice comment. Yeah...I have a hard time saying no to sour cream when it comes to Mexican meals, so I at least buy reduced-fat most of the time. And when I do indulge, I just go force myself to go out for a run afterwards, haha Take care and thanks again!