Sunday, July 16, 2023

Summer Fresh Recipe Series: Southwestern Grilled Chicken Salad

 A bold Southwestern flavored salad filled with grilled chicken and fresh summer produce and doused with a lime garlic vinaigrette.

Southwestern Grilled Chicken Salad

Today we talking about main course salads which are salads that include vegetables and protein and are hearty and satisfying enough on it's own to be the main course.  My Southwestern Grilled Chicken Salad is bursting with bold flavors from the chili lime seasoned grilled chicken and Latin inspired dressing.  It also has a ton of seasonal produce such as fresh corn right from the cob, ripe summer tomatoes, refreshing cucumbers, buttery avocados, and crisp lettuce.  This is all topped with some shredded cheddar cheese and doused with a Latin inspired lime garlic dressing.  So flavorful it's a party in your mouth!

This recipe is an easy weeknight or weekend meal.  Perfect for taking to a picnic or eating alfresco on the patio or deck.  The bold flavor make this dish so tasty that my mouth is watering just thinking about it.  The perfect meal for a hot summer evening.


What Ingredients do I need?

  • chicken cutlets - store bought thin sliced chicken breasts or take a regular chicken breast and cut it in half horizontally to make cutlets
  • chili lime seasoning ( I used Trader Joe's) but any brand will do
  • olive oil
  • limes
  • green leaf lettuce
  • avocado
  • English cucumber
  • cheddar cheese
  • Roma tomatoes
  • corn on the cob
  • garlic cloves

Substitutions and Variations

  • Use your favorite lettuce, butter, red leaf, or romaine would taste great
  • Add cilantro as an herb to the salad
  • Use different tomatoes such as cherry or grape tomatoes
  • Season the chicken with taco seasoning or  Mexican oregano along with the marinade
  • Use lemons instead of limes
  • Cotija cheese would be wonderful instead of the cheddar
  • Add black beans to the salad 

Kitchen Tips and Equipment

  • I use the Chili lime seasoning from Trader Joe's.  It has really great flavor
  • Mixing Bowls:  I love these White Rhino mixing bowls with lids to use as a salad bowls.   I also love my wooden bowl for salads.  And of course my Italian glass Bormioli bowl is wonderful as well.
  • Salad Servers:  Everyone should have a great pair of salad servers to toss and serve salad easily.  I prefer these wood ones.

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Southwestern Grilled Chicken Salad

serves 4-6

4 thin chicken cutlets
Chili lime seasoning ( I used Trader Joe's)
1/4 cup olive oil
3 limes, divided use
1/2 head large red leaf lettuce, sliced
l large avocado, peeled and sliced
1 large English cucumber, sliced
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese, grated
2 Roma tomatoes, seeded and chopped
2 ears of corn, cooked and kernels sliced off
1/4 cup olive oil
Juice of 1 1/2 limes
2 cloves garlic, minced
salt & pepper to taste

Season both sides of the chicken cutlets liberally with Chili lime seasoning (Trader Joe's).  Place in a ziploc bag.  Add the olive oil and the juice of 1 lime.  Seal and toss chicken in the coating.  Marinate on the counter for 30 minutes while you prepare the salad.

To a large bowl add the sliced lettuce, topping with the tomatoes, cucumber, corn, cheddar cheese.  Place in the refrigerator until serving time.

Preheat your grill to medium high heat.  Grill chicken 4 minutes per side or until done depending on thickness (internal temperature of 160 degrees).  Remove chicken from the grill to a cutting board and allow to rest 10 minutes.

In a small liquid measuring cup add all the dressing ingredients and whisk together.

Cut chicken in to strips or cubes and add to the salad.  Add the sliced avocado to the salad as well.  Drizzle with the dressing and toss and serve.

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