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Southwest Salad Recipe

Southwest Salad is a hearty mix of flavorful grilled chicken, avocado, cheese, corn and beans served with a creamy cilantro dressing! It has that rich Mexican vibe, and it is done in 30 minutes or less!
Course Main Course, Salad
Cuisine American, Mexican
Keyword Southwest Salad Recipe
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 481kcal
Author Catalina Castravet


For the Chicken:

  • 2 medium chicken breasts
  • 1 tablespoon taco seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 lime zested and juiced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

For the Salad:

  • 2 cups romaine lettuce chopped
  • 1 ripe avocado sliced
  • 8 small cherry tomatoes cut in half
  • 1/2 cup black beans rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup corn rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese grated
  • 1/4 cup cilantro for topping

Creamy Cilantro Dressing:

  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup mayo
  • 1/4 cup cilantro packed
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  • Chopped green onions
  • Cilantro


Marinate the Chicken:

  • In a medium ziplock bag, add the chicken breasts, taco seasoning, smoked paprika, salt, lime juice, lime zest, and olive oil. Close and shake well to fully coat the chicken into the mixture.
  • Allow marinating for 10 minutes or up to 1-2 days in advance.

Cook the Chicken:

  • Place a cast-iron grill skillet over medium-high heat and once its hot brush it with about 1 teaspoon of oil
  • Add the chicken and cook for 4-5 minutes on each side, depends how thick the chicken is.
  • ou can also cook the chicken on a gas grill. Turn on the grill to medium-high, clean the grates, and grill the chicken on both sides for about 10 minutes, or until cooked through.
  • Allow chicken to rest for at least 5-10 minutes before slicing it.

Creamy Cilantro Dressing:

  • Add all the dressing ingredients to a food processor and pulse to combine until smooth.


  • Place the chopped romaine lettuce on the bottom of a salad plate or bowl.
  • Top with avocado, chopped tomatoes, black beans, corn, cilantro, cheddar cheese, and sliced chicken.
  • Drizzle the dressing on top just before serving.
  • Garnish with chopped cilantro and chopped green onions.



Calories: 481kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 85mg | Sodium: 754mg | Potassium: 995mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 2869IU | Vitamin C: 23mg | Calcium: 179mg | Iron: 2mg