We enjoy a hearty salad with some protein, and this chicken salad with a southwestern flare fits the bill.  It’s full of color and flavor, and can be easily tailored to suit your personal tastes.

Southwest chicken salad, Southwestern Chicken Salad, Joyful Homemaking

Here is what you need to make this filling salad:

  • Romaine lettuce
  • Tomatoes
  • Corn
  • Black beans
  • Cheddar, Monterey Jack or Colby  cheese, shredded
  • Cooked diced chicken breast
  • Hard-boiled eggs
  • Dressing of choice
  • Options: Chopped cilantro, sliced avocado, chopped red onion, diced jalapeno,
    diced green pepper, crumbled tortilla chips, corn chips or tortilla strips

Southwest chicken salad, Southwestern Chicken Salad, Joyful Homemaking

Wash, drain and chop your romaine lettuce and tomatoes.

Southwest chicken salad, Southwestern Chicken Salad, Joyful Homemaking
Drain and rinse the black beans, and drain the corn if using canned corn.

Southwest chicken salad, Southwestern Chicken Salad, Joyful Homemaking

Toss everything, and add any optional ingredients that you like, and you’re ready for the dressing.

Southwest chicken salad, Southwestern Chicken Salad, Joyful Homemaking
There are many zesty dressings available that would work well with this salad
(like a Catalina or a vinaigrette based one),

Southwest chicken salad, Southwestern Chicken Salad, Joyful Homemaking

but personally I like to mix barbeque sauce with ranch dressing as a topping.

Southwest chicken salad, Southwestern Chicken Salad, Joyful Homemaking

It’s not that pretty looking, but it sure tastes good!

Southwest chicken salad, Southwestern Chicken Salad, Joyful HomemakingThese tortilla strips are another yummy option
to add to this salad for some crunch!

Southwest chicken salad, Southwestern Chicken Salad, Joyful Homemaking
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Easy Southwestern Chicken Salad

Delicious healthy salad idea for lunch or dinner!

Ingredients

  • Romaine lettuce
  • Tomatoes
  • Corn
  • Black beans
  • Cheddar, Monterrey Jack or Colby  cheese, shredded

  • Cooked diced chicken breast

  • Hard-boiled eggs

  • Dressing of choice

  • Options: Chopped cilantro, sliced avocado, chopped red onion, diced jalapeno,
    diced green pepper, crumbled tortilla chips, corn chips or tortilla strips

Instructions

  • Wash, drain and chop your romaine lettuce and tomatoes.

  • Drain and rinse the black beans, and drain the corn if using canned corn.

  • Toss everything, and add any optional ingredients that you like, and you’re ready for the dressing.

  • There are many zesty dressings available that would work well with this salad
    (like a Catalina or a vinaigrette based one), but personally I like to mix barbeque sauce with ranch dressing as a topping.



Southwest chicken salad, Southwestern Chicken Salad, Joyful HomemakingDoesn’t that look scrumptious!? Hope you enjoy!

Southwest chicken salad, Southwestern Chicken Salad, Joyful Homemaking

3 Comments

  1. Your salad looks great! After a weekend of travel and lots of eating out, my husband and I were craving a big salad last night too, and it was so refreshing to have a fresh, light dinner! Your salad looks wonderful!!!

  2. Hi Margo,
    I just love the Southwestern flavor for your Chicken Salad. Hope you are having a fantastic weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday!
    Miz Helen

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