Grilled Chicken Fajita Salad [Video]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
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5 from 5 reviews

Chicken Fajita Salad is the answer to your Tex-Mex cravings! Made with grilled chicken, veggies and a creamy cilantro dressing, this a healthy and satisfying dish!

This salad is nothing but amazing with all its flavors and colors! Try it along with my other Mexican-inspired recipes like the Grilled Shrimp Tacos, Chicken Enchilada Casserole, and Instant Pot Refried Beans!

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Grilled Chicken Fajita Salad Recipe

Chicken Fajita Salad is a meal on its own, not just the side dish that we usually associate salads with. This dish has protein in it mainly in the form of the white meat and fiber from all the vegetables in it.

It has avocados that are a rich source of good fat. This fruit also adds that Mexican vibe that you want in this kind of recipe.

The real star of this recipe, in my opinion, is the cilantro. You can taste that in the meat since it is used in the marinade and you will get to enjoy it in the dressing, too. This herb simply ties the whole dish together.

The colors that the combination of vegetables brought into the dish are wonderful, which makes this even more appetizing. Try this easy recipe now!

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What is in a fajita salad?

There are three main components in this recipe, namely, the creamy dressing, the meat, and the vegetables.

  • Creamy Dressing: sour cream, mayonnaise, cilantro, lime juice, honey or maple syrup, salt
  • Meat: chicken breasts marinated in olive oil, lime juice, lime zest, orange juice, cilantro, garlic, honey or maple syrup, red chili flakes or pepper flakes, fajita seasoning (taco seasoning will do), smoked paprika, salt
  • Vegetables: a combination of various bell peppers, red onion, lettuce, avocado, and cilantro leaves

Should I grill the chicken breasts? 

Yes! Grilling them gives them a nice smoky flavor that makes this dish tastier. You can do that using any kind of grill that you have or using a grill pan or skillet on the stovetop.

If you don’t own a grill, you can use your pressure cooker. Just follow my Instant Pot Chicken Breast recipe.

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How to make Chicken Fajita Salad

  • Marinate: Prepare the marinade by putting all the ingredients together in one bowl. Mix everything then, soak the meat in it for two hours.
  • Grill: Heat the oil on the grill pan or skillet. Then, cook the meat in batches. Make sure to cook each piece on all sides. Then, set aside. Allow the cooked pieces to rest.
  • Fry: Wipe the same pan clean with a paper towel, then, heat another teaspoon of oil. Fry the peppers and onions.
  • Assemble: Assemble the vegetables in a bowl. Top it with the slices of the fillets cooked earlier.
  • Drizzle: Drizzle the dressing all over it and garnish with more cilantro leaves if you like.

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Recipe Variations and Mix-ins:

You can change up the ingredients to make this fit your choices more. See below equally delicious suggestions:

  • Meat: Substitute with beef, shrimp, or pork. Or, use other chicken cuts like skin-on thighs.
  • Dressing: Leave out the dairy and use olive oil instead. Add a bit of brown sugar if you wish.
  • Other mix-ins: Add crunch by incorporating almonds or tortilla corn chips, more herbs like oregano, other spices like cumin, and other vegetables like tomatoes or cabbage. You can even add more Mexican signature ingredients like black beans.

How long will Chicken Fajita Salad last?

Cover it tightly in the fridge for up to 3 days without the dressing. But, if you have added the dressing, it will only stay good for up to 2 days.

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More delicious salads:

Recipe Tips

  • You can prepare this ahead by cooking the meat in advance, then, just reheat and serve with a freshly prepared bed of veggies and dressing.
  • Instead of a fajita seasoning, you can also use this taco seasoning recipe.
  • Do not slice the meat right after you take it out of the pan or grill. Let it rest so that the juices redistribute making the whole thing tasty.

Watch short recipe video:

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5 from 5 reviews
Grilled Chicken Fajita Salad
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 4 salads
Prep time: 1 hour Cook time: 30 minutes Total time: 1 hr 30 mins

Ingredients

Marinade:

  • 1/4 cup  olive oil 
  • 1/4 cup  lime juice  (freshly squeezed)
  • 1/4 cup  orange juice  (freshly squeezed)
  •  Zest of 1 lime 
  • 2 tablespoons  cilantro  (finely chopped)
  • 4 cloves  garlic  (minced)
  • 2 tablespoons  honey  (or maple syrup)
  • 1/4 teaspoon  red pepper flakes 
  • 2 teaspoons  Fajita seasoning  (or taco seasoning)
  • 1/2 teaspoon  smoked paprika 
  • 1 teaspoon  salt 

Salad:

  • 2  medium chicken breasts  (skinless/boneless)
  • 1  yellow bell pepper  (deseeded and sliced)
  • 1  red bell pepper  (deseeded and sliced)
  • 1  green bell pepper  (deseeded and sliced)
  • 1  red onion  (sliced)
  • 6 cups  Romaine lettuce  (or lettuce leaves - washed and dried)
  • 2  avocados  (sliced)

Creamy Cilantro Dressing:

  • 1/2 cup  sour cream 
  • 1/4 cup  mayo 
  • 1/4 cup  packed cilantro 
  • 2 tablespoons  lime juice 
  • 1 tablespoon  honey or maple syrup 
  • 1/4 teaspoon  salt 

Garnish:

  • 1 tablespoon  cilantro leaves  (chopped)

Instructions

Marinade:

  1. Whisk marinade ingredients together in a shallow large bowl, until fully combined.
  2. Add the chicken breasts, pierce them a few times with a fork, and submerge in the marinade.
  3. Cover and marinate for 1-2 hours.

Creamy Cilantro Dressing:

  1. Add all the ingredients to a food processor and run until fully combined. Taste and adjust for salt and pepper.
  2. Scoop into a mason jar and refrigerate until ready to use.

Grill:

  1. Turn on the grill or place a grill pan over medium-high heat and brush it with oil.
  2. Once hot, grill the chicken breasts on each side until golden and crispy, check the center of the chicken by making a cut, to make sure it's no longer pink.
  3. Set chicken aside on a plate, cover with foil and let it rest.
  4. Brush the grill or grill pan with another teaspoon of oil and add the veggies: bell peppers and onion strips. Cooked to your liking, the veggies should be soft, yet still a bit crunchy.

Make the Salad:

  1. Slice chicken into strips.
  2. Arrange the salad leaves, diving them between 4 plates.
  3. Divide the chicken equally between the 4 portions. Same with the grilled veggies and avocado.

  4. Drizzle with dressing and sprinkle extra cilantro leaves on top.
  5. Serve.
Calories: 661 Carbohydrates: 37 Protein: 29 Fat: 46 Saturated Fat: 8 Cholesterol: 88 Sodium: 991 Potassium: 1407 Fiber: 10 Sugar: 20 Vitamin A: 7721 Vitamin C: 148 Calcium: 94 Iron: 2
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Olivia

This grilled chicken fajita salad is really mouth-watering! Don't skip the cilantro dressing! It is delicious.

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Erin | Dinners,Dishes and Dessert

This Chicken Fajita Salad is such an exciting idea!

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Allyson Zea

This salad turned out SOOOO good! Thank you for the easy recipe!!!

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katerina @ diethood.com

mmm...I would love this chicken fajita salad for lunch! Looks SO good!

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Dorothy Reinhold

That Creamy Cilantro Dressing is calling my name! This one is going on the menu ASAP.

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Suzy

That creamy cilantro dressing is a game changer for sure! Such a great salad!

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