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Southwestern Chicken Salad is a perfect summertime meal filled with southwestern flavors including a smoky and spicy Chipotle dressing!
We are in the dog days of summer and I’m so ready for some cooler weather!
I love this Southwestern Chicken Salad for days when the same old salad won’t do. I don’t eat a lot of spicy food but I do enjoy it every now and then. Chipotle peppers are great because they’re not too spicy and I like the hint of smokiness that they add to the flavor of this dressing.
A little note about chipotle peppers. First of all, if you’re not big on spicy food I would use only one or two peppers and I would add them one at a time so you can taste after each addition so you know what works for you.
Secondly, you’re going to have more than half a can left of peppers. To save them for another time I use an empty ice cube tray. Put a pepper in each cube space and place them in the freezer. Once the peppers are frozen you can transfer them to a freezer bag for better storage.
It is best to make the salad dressing ahead of time so it can chill. I actually recommend making it the night before so then all you have to do is make the salad when you’re ready.
This is a super easy recipe and it is perfect for a hot summer day when you don’t feel like spending too much time in the kitchen! I hope you enjoy this Southwestern Chicken Salad as much as we do!
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Southwestern Chicken Salad
- 1 chipotle in adobo
- ½ cup mayo
- ¼ cup milk
- 6 cups romaine lettuce chopped
- 1 can black beans drained and rinsed
- 1 can corn drained and rinsed
- ½ cup cucumber peeled and diced
- ½ cup tomatoes diced
- ½ cup red onion chopped
- 1 avocado peeled and diced
- ½ cup Monterey jack or cheddar cheese
- 1 lb grilled chicken chopped
- 1 cup tortilla strips
- Add to a blender the mayo, milk, and chipotle peppers and blend until well combined. Pour the dressing into a bowl, cover, and let it chill. You can use a different type of container if you wish. I chose to use a mason jar that I had on hand. Chill the dressing for 4 – 6 hours or overnight.
Southwestern Chicken Salad
- Add the chopped romaine lettuce to a large bowl. Top it off with the cucumbers, tomatoes, red onions, black beans, and corn.
- Next, you want to add the desired amount of chipotle ranch dressing to the bowl and toss. You will have plenty of dressing left to use at a later time.
- Distribute the salad mix evenly among four plates.
- Top the salad with the avocado, chicken, and cheese. I like to add some tortilla strips to the top of the salad for a nice crunch!