Pillow Wars & Mexican Chicken Salad w/Chili Lime Dressing

  Dale and the kids were having pillow fights the other night before bed.  Isn’t it just like a daddy to come up with a totally wild, loud game right before bed?  Oh well, they were having fun!  I was watching them play around and I totally flashed back to when Chad and I were kids, and we played this great game called “Stick Your Head and Arms in Your Pillow And Crash Into Each Other”. 

Ok, maybe that wasn’t the name of it, but that’s what we used to do.

  So, I shared my ingenious idea with my children who responded with “YEAH!” And “Cool!”  

  These photos aren’t great, but you’ll get the general idea of what occurred.


A Couple of Notes: 

1)  Avery’s pillow covers her entire body. hee hee Smile 

2)  Destiny’s pillow is NOT far enough down, she kept cheating and using her arms.  NO ARMS ALLOWED!

3)  Obviously the fluffy side of the pillow should be in front of the face, not behind, before you crash into your sibling. Ouch.  And obviously, be careful so that your children can breathe. 

Thank you, this has been a service announcement……

Let the games begin!

Destiny cheating again…..


She takes down Avery in a single swipe. Poor Avery crumples to the floor in shock and horror at such a game and declares she is NOT playing anymore!


Ok, restart…..NO ARMS!  Line up, and…..GO!



Giggling ensues…..



Dale decides they need some “assistance”…..012

Sometimes Daddy’s forgot their own strength……

“Let me help you, Destiny!”  {SHOVE}


CRASH!!!!!!!  (This is the sound of Tylan falling backwards on his head.)



“Sorry, buddy!”  Daddy makes it all better with an ice pack.  It’s BEDTIME!


  Ok, on to the salad portion of this post:

This is a FANTASTIC Mexican salad with a killer homemade Chili Lime dressing and colorful pico de gallo that will make you say “Mmmmm” with each and EVERY bite. 

Oh my stinkin’ word, #1 best salad EVERRRRRR!!!!!

  Now, it looks like a lot of ingredients, but don’t be alarmed, it comes together easily and you can do everything in advance if that helps!  Trust me, it is WORTH it!  Did I already say, MMMMMMMMMMM?


Mexican Chicken Salad with Chili Lime Dressing

  • 2 Tablespoons Fresh Lime Juice (about 2 Small Limes)
  • 1 teaspoon Grated Lime Zest
  • 1 teaspoon Chopped Garlic
  • ½ teaspoons Chili Powder
  • ½ teaspoons Salt
  • ¼ teaspoons Ground Pepper
  • ¼ teaspoons Cumin
  • ⅓ cups Olive Oil
  • _____
  • 1 whole Red Pepper, Diced
  • 1 whole Yellow Pepper, Diced
  • ½ whole Red Onion, Diced
  • ⅓ cups Fresh Cilantro, Snipped
  • 1 can Corn, Drained (15 Ounce Can)
  • 1 can Black Beans, Drained And Rinsed (15 Ounce Can)
  • 1 whole Large Tomato, Diced
  • _____
  • 8 cups Mixed Greens Of Your Choice
  • 4 whole Grilled Seasoned Chicken Breasts, Cubed
  • 1 whole Hass Avocado, Mashed
  • 1 Tablespoon Lime Juice
  • Mexican Cheese To Taste
  • Your Favorite Ranch Dressing
  • Crunchy Tortilla Strips (found Them By The Croutons)

Preparation Instructions

Combine all of the dressing ingredients and mix well.

048Combine all of the pico de gallo ingredients and mix well.

To assemble salad: place mixed greens on each plate, add a generous helping of pico, some grilled chicken cubes and cheese. Add a dollop of mashed avocado (mix the avocado with the lime juice and some salt, to taste) to the top of each salad.

Drizzle with mostly ranch dressing and a small amount of the lime dressing. Top with tortilla strips.

Enjoy! Its SO delicious I betcha you’ll say MMMMM with every bite too!


Ole’!  And Happy Monday!

~T  🙂

This post linked to Lark’s Country Heart.

And Angie’s Big Love of Food.


Tasty Tuesday.

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20 thoughts on “Pillow Wars & Mexican Chicken Salad w/Chili Lime Dressing

  1. Hee hee!! This would be something Ryan would start… rowdy, wild and totally fun… right before bedtime!! 🙂 Love the big smile on Dale’s face! Your salad looks WONDERUL!!! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Oh my gosh Tonya.. you were so right! This is SO my kinda salad! It looks so yummy! And your kiddos are too cute! I was laughing out loud at work as I looked at these pics.. everyone in my waiting room is starting at me now!! lol : )

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