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Southwestern salad with grilled chicken

Grilled Chicken Southwestern Salad with Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing

  • Author: Tiffany
  • Prep Time: 25 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x


This Southwestern Salad is topped with seasoned grilled chicken, crisp veggies, avocado, crunchy blue corn tortilla chips, grilled corn, black beans, and a creamy cilantro lime dressing.



For the Chicken:

  • 3 chicken breasts
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

For the Dressing:

  • ½ cup full fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ¼ cup fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon agave
  • ⅓ cup avocado oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

For the Salad:

  • 8 cups chopped romaine lettuce
  • 3 ears fresh corn, grilled
  • 8 mini sweet peppers, sliced
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 avocados, sliced
  • ½ cup crumbled cotija cheese
  • Blue corn tortilla chips, crushed


Make the Dressing:

  • Wash and dry the cilantro very well, as you do not want excess water in your dressing. Trim the ends of the stems, keeping most of the stem intact, and roughly chop the cilantro.
  • In a high-speed blender, combine the Greek yogurt, cilantro, minced garlic, lime juice, and agave. Blend until completely incorporated and scrape down the sides.
  • With the blender running on low, slowly pour in the avocado oil until the dressing is smooth and fully combined.
  • Season to taste with salt and pepper. Refrigerate the dressing to thicken and let flavors marry, about 30 minutes.

Grill the Corn and Chicken:

  • Using a grill pan over medium-high heat or an outdoor grill, grill the corn until charred evenly on all sides and tender, about 10 minutes. Slice off the corn and season with salt and pepper.
  • Combine the chili powder, garlic powder, cumin, paprika, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Evenly coat the chicken on all sides with the spice mixture. Grill the chicken, only turning once, for about 7-8 minutes per side (depending on size) until cooked through. Let the chicken rest for 10 minutes before slicing.

Assemble the Salad:

  • Layer the lettuce with the corn, peppers, tomatoes, black beans, and avocado. Dress with the creamy cilantro dressing and top with sliced chicken, cotija cheese, and crumbled blue corn tortilla chips. Enjoy!


Honey can be used in place of agave.

Olive oil can be used in place of avocado oil.


  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 592
  • Sugar: 9.7g
  • Sodium: 406mg
  • Fat: 35g
  • Saturated Fat: 9g
  • Carbohydrates: 41g
  • Fiber: 11.5g
  • Protein: 36g
  • Cholesterol: 77mg