You know a salad without vegetables is a salad approved by me.

The only veggies floating around in this bowl are the chunks in salsa, which I will inevitably avoid anyway.

Sure, there is some corn, but we all know corn isn’t a real vegetable.

If it was, I wouldn’t be eating it. Don’t burst my bubble.

I seasoned the chicken with salt, pepper, and a touch of cumin before grilling to give it more of a Mexican flavor.

Ideally, I would love to eat Mexican every night. I wish I could swim and shower in margaritas.

But my entree of choice would be greasy, cheesy enchiladas and endless bowls of chips and salsa.

I don’t think I need to explain why that shouldn’t happen every day. So instead, I throw a few measly pieces of lettuce (almost brown, since it has been hiding in the depths of my crisper drawer for 3 weeks) on a plate and top it with beans, cheese, and crispy tortillas.


I used a corn tortilla for the crispy tortilla strips – I think corn works better than flour or whole wheat. They are a bit more dense and toast perfectly.


Southwest Chicken Salad

3 cups leafy romaine

4-5 ounces grilled chicken

1/4 cup black beans

1/4 cup sweet corn

1 ounce shredded, low-fat cheese

2 slices avocado, chopped

2 tablespoons salsa

1/2 corn tortilla

sea salt & pepper

Preheat oven to 400.

Slice tortilla into thin strips and spritz with olive oil. Top with sea salt and bake for 4-5 minutes, or until golden brown and crispy.

Combine all salad ingredients together, topping with grilled chicken. Add tortilla strips on top.



This salad is a delicious mish-mash of flavors and textures.

And yes, I love it that much more since it is mostly veggie-free.

I’l never learn.

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51 Responses to “Southwest Chicken Salad.”

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    Sophie @ yumventures — June 2, 2010 @ 5:14 am

    I agree, I could swim in margaritas. Especially with the warm weather we have been having. I love the idea of tortilla strips! You and tortillas are a match made in heaven.

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    Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) — June 2, 2010 @ 5:20 am

    I could eat a mexican salad every day and it would never get old! You know I love my veggies, but corn is too sweet to be a veggie besides my oldest son will eat it, so I would definitely say…not a veggie! Cumin is my favorite herb and it makes me question myself because it is so good, but doesn’t it smell a little like BO? Anyway, your salad looks SO good! Enjoy your day!

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    Helen — June 2, 2010 @ 5:34 am

    I would love to eat Mexican every day too. Their flavour combinations are to die for. As corn is so sweet I think it counts as a sweet treat! This salad look delicious!

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    Wei-Wei — June 2, 2010 @ 5:36 am

    HAhahaha look at the dictionary definition of a salad:

    a cold dish of various mixtures of raw or cooked vegetables, usually seasoned with oil, vinegar, or other dressing and sometimes accompanied by meat, fish, or other ingredients

    I think I like yours better. ;)

    Wei-Wei

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    Erica — June 2, 2010 @ 5:46 am

    mmmm mexican! Delicious. I bet the avocado makes this salad. I love how you created your own healthier tortilla strips. Gorgeous

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    Estela @ Weekly Bite — June 2, 2010 @ 5:50 am

    Love this salad! I’m making this soon!

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    Lindsay @ The Ketchup Diaries — June 2, 2010 @ 6:05 am

    I love salads with all kinds of bright colors involved. It just looks prettier :smile:

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    Marisa (Loser for Life) — June 2, 2010 @ 6:09 am

    yum, yum, yum!

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    brandi — June 2, 2010 @ 6:13 am

    I LOVE big salads in the summer, and this looks perfect!

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    Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly — June 2, 2010 @ 6:36 am

    Yum…looks good to me!

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    ashley — June 2, 2010 @ 6:36 am

    yum! i love southwestern salads like this one! salsa is a must even if it is made of veggies ;-)

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    homecookedem — June 2, 2010 @ 6:48 am

    I love how your recipes totally appeal to my seasonal cravings! This salad sounds fabulous!!

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    Amanda — June 2, 2010 @ 6:48 am

    Oh. Wow. Just. Ah…. wow. I am at a loss for words. It just looks so good!! The first salad that has ever left me speechless. I am drooling a little!

    Blessings!
    Amanda

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    Naomi(onefitfoodie) — June 2, 2010 @ 6:55 am

    I made this chunky salsa/avocado/corn BOWL and use it as dressing on my salads its so so so good! HOWEVER I want this salad now with those tortilla strips and beans and avocado YUMM i love mexican too! :)

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    Tracy — June 2, 2010 @ 7:06 am

    Looks like my kind of salad!!

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    Ashley@thehungryscholar — June 2, 2010 @ 7:12 am

    You sure know how to make a salad! So colorful.

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    Madeline - Greens and Jeans — June 2, 2010 @ 7:19 am

    Anything that can be served with a margarita (which, really, is everything), is a-okay with me

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    Heather (Heather's Dish) — June 2, 2010 @ 7:28 am

    mexican salads are one of my favorites…i love all of the flavors, and i’m with madeline…if you can serve it with a marg, I’m all in!

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    Nicole, RD — June 2, 2010 @ 7:29 am

    Yum! Looks delicious! I love hearty salads with corn and meat!

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    Biz — June 2, 2010 @ 7:47 am

    Totally with you on the mexican theme – I could eat it every day and never get sick of it.

    Love your “almost” veggie salad!

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    Jenn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) — June 2, 2010 @ 7:58 am

    That looks deeeeeeeeelicious! I want those chunks of avocado all to myself, lol.

    Jenn

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    Jil — June 2, 2010 @ 8:12 am

    Mmm that looks wonderful!!

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    Hayley @ Breath of Fire — June 2, 2010 @ 8:20 am

    Mexican-inspired salads are my favorite, especially with corn. It adds so much sweetness!

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    Melissa @ For the Love of Health — June 2, 2010 @ 8:30 am

    very nice!

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    Blond Duck — June 2, 2010 @ 9:12 am

    I’m so with you on the Mexican every day. I always loved Mexican, but since moving to SA, it’s all I ever want. Breakfast tacos, quesdillas, nachos, enchiladas, tacos, burritos….we made a big bowl of homemade guacamole last weekend and polished off it and a bag of blue corn tortilla chips in one day.

    Totally craving Mexican now…

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    Anne — June 2, 2010 @ 9:28 am

    Lucky me I just had BBQ dinner and am satisfied, otherwise I would be craving this salad badly now :D

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    Daisy — June 2, 2010 @ 10:22 am

    you like SOME veggies! ;) haha sorry im such a pain.

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    Abby — June 2, 2010 @ 10:23 am

    I feel the same way about Mexican and Margaritas!!!

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    Emily (A Nutritionisteats) — June 2, 2010 @ 10:53 am

    I LOVE southwest chicken salads! Need to make ASAP!
    PS. I’m making nachos tonight and I think the veggies I’m sneaking in would even sneak by you! :)

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    Jenna — June 2, 2010 @ 11:11 am

    I think this is one salad that Mike would be on board to eat with zero complaints!

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    LiLu — June 2, 2010 @ 11:47 am

    This is hands down my favorite kind of salad. NOM NOM NOM!

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    grace — June 2, 2010 @ 12:11 pm

    those tortilla strips are a great addition!

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    Brenda — June 2, 2010 @ 12:22 pm

    Looks DELICIOUS Jessica! My kind of salad, and I agree. I, too, wish I could eat Mexican food every single night!

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    Wenderly — June 2, 2010 @ 1:03 pm

    Looks fantastic! LOVE salads, Love Mexican, this is a match made in heaven!

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    Barbara Bakes — June 2, 2010 @ 2:10 pm

    I’ll have to try making my own tortilla strips. Great idea. The salad looks like it has the perfect amount of veggies to me. Delicious!

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    Lisa @bakebikeblog — June 2, 2010 @ 3:22 pm

    What a great way of using tortilla chips! Love it!

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    Rebecca @ How the Cookies Crumble — June 2, 2010 @ 3:45 pm

    I love Mexican food too! If I had a choice of one thing to eat forever – it would probably be Mexican.

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    Katie — June 2, 2010 @ 4:59 pm

    Chicken salads are one of my favorite things on earth. This looks like the perfect meal.

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    Maggie @ Vittles and Bits — June 2, 2010 @ 6:02 pm

    Mmm Mexican every night would be heavenly :) This looks delish, especially for a salad!

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    Ellen — June 2, 2010 @ 7:25 pm

    Well hello, SALAD BEAST! Yummm. I love any salad with black beans and corn in it.

    http://www.firednfabulous.blogspot.com/

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    Mary — June 3, 2010 @ 12:27 am

    This salad looks phenomenal! Like, wow! This is a must try and perfect for summer. So happy I found your blog!

    xxMary
    Delightful Bitefuls

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    Katrina — June 3, 2010 @ 3:50 am

    This looks so tasty! I love the mixture on ingredients you chose. Does this salad have a dressing? Or is it just too good on it’s own?

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    Joanna Sutter (Fitness & Spice) — June 3, 2010 @ 4:39 am

    I love a good BIG salad. Not the silly little plated kind of salads that you’d get at a wedding or a 5 star restaurant. Salads like this one that are a meal…that gets 6 stars in my book! ;-)

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    katie — June 4, 2010 @ 12:32 pm

    SERIOUSLY one of my fav things ive seen on here girl!! YUMMM Jess!

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    Amy — June 4, 2010 @ 5:43 pm

    This looks so tasty! I love the mixture on ingredients you chose. Does this salad have a dressing? Or is it just too good on it’s own?

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    • Jessica — June 4th, 2010 @ 8:44 pm

      I didn’t add dressing because the salsa acted somewhat of a dressing. I am pretty boring when it comes to dressing and just use vinegar. Unfortunately I just don’t really like the taste of salad dressings!

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    Cassie @ the Ringls — June 7, 2010 @ 10:07 am

    I can’t wait to try this recipe! I got some Avocado’s this weekend just for the occasion :)
    Finally, a chicken salad I don’t have to go out for!

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    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — June 9, 2010 @ 5:16 pm

    Looks delicious! I love southwest flavors… It’s a great way to trick me into eating a salad :)

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    Ashley — April 15, 2011 @ 11:15 am

    I am making this tonight! It looks amazing!

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