Have you ever paid Lauren, of Lauren’s Latest a visit? She has some reallyreally fantastic recipes, and she does NOT help my new recipe obsession. I am Oh-so glad my friend, Joy sent me the link. I promptly printed off and knew I had to make it!
Mmmm! Voted the NEW number 1 best summer salad at our house. That vote includes all of my 4 little Fergusons!
I made a few changes, but you can go see her original here.
Southwest Chicken Chop Salad
adapted from Lauren’s Latest
4 cups diced chicken
1 red or yellow pepper, diced
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 can sweet yellow corn drained
1 10 oz box cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
6 green onions, sliced
1 large romaine heart, washed and chopped
1 head of curly leaf lettuce, washed and chopped
1 bunch cilantro, snipped
3 just under ripe avocados, diced
1 cup Mexican cheese shreds
4 cups crushed “Hint Of Lime” Tortilla chips (don’t skip the lime ones, it MAKES it!)
For the dressing:
1 cup mayonnaise or miracle whip
1 cup sour cream
1 tablespoon ranch seasoning
1 tablespoon taco seasoning
2 drops of doTERRA lime oil (or 2 T. lime juice if you don’t have your oils yet) 🙂
Splash of milk until dressing consistency
salt & pepper, to taste
Chop chop chop all the separate ingredients.
In a medium bowl, mix diced pepper, beans, corn, tomato halves, green onions and snipped cilantro.
Store washed lettuce separately, and only chop what you think you’ll need for one meal, otherwise, the knife causes the lettuce to brown quickly!
In a small bowl, stir all dressing ingredients together until smooth. Refrigerate until serving time.
Just before supper, in a large serving bowl, mix together enough salad ingredients: lettuce and that great pico you made, along with some Mexican cheese, all per your taste. Toss with dressing, crushed tortilla chips and cubed avocado.
We ate on this for a couple of suppers and I had it every day for lunch, I loved it THAT much! By keeping your ingredients separate until right before serving each time, you are able to keep it longer!
I seriously could make this all over again and eat it every day for lunch, it is SO fresh and good! And that dressing? To DIE for!
Thanks Lauren, for another great “Keeper”!
My family agrees….I’ve made this several times and we just can’t get enough of it. To make the dressing easy we take low fat ranch and add taco seasoning and a little lime to to. Super yummy!
Oh my goodness! I just remembered YOU are the one that emailed me the link. Going to go give credit to you too! Thanks for sharing this, it’s a KEEPER!
YUM!! I can’t wait to try this one.
Thank you Tonya and Joy!
Sounds soo yummy and refreshing. We LOVE lime everything…including the chips. This is on my list to make soon – love all the ingredients (cept for cilantro=( So glad you shared.
YUM!!! can’t wait to make this… perhaps today!! 🙂 This sound exactly like Chili’s SW Chicken Salad that I love, but could never quite get the dressing figured out!! THANKS so much for sharing!!
Yum! I love southwestern flavors in every possible form they can take…and there is something so refreshing about southwest ingredients in a salad! Looks so great and satisfying!
Yummmm. Yes I also follow Lauren’s Latest!
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I make a very similar salad, and I agree, it’s one of my faves! Love the Hint of Lime tortilla chips!