Chipotle Chicken Taco Salad

This healthy Chipotle Chicken Taco Salad is covered with a creamy lime Greek yogurt dressing, avocado, tomatoes, and shredded chicken.  This is the only salad recipe I can honestly say I have LOVED and it’s perfect for a summer picnic, grilling out, or Memorial Day side dish!

Chipotle Chicken Taco Salad is a delicious and healthy Mexican food dish made with avocado and Greek yogurt.

Happy Monday!  I have a quick and easy salad recipe for you today that is perfect for busy summer (or spring!) evenings…and would make for a great side dish for your Memorial Day picnics!  I’m hardly ever….as in maybe it’s only happened once or twice in my life….impressed by a salad – ESPECIALLY when it’s the main course for my dinner.  I was very, very skeptical how this salad would turn out, but I ended up loving it and am going to make this regularly.  Mr. Wishes gave his stamp of approval which made me realize that it was definitely a one-of-a-kind salad and sufficed for dinner.  It was very filling!

Be sure and use romaine lettuce in this salad as it is sturdy enough to stand up to the moist ingredients and won’t wilt as quickly. This flavorful dish is just as good on the second day!  This Chipotle Chicken Taco Salad really has such a nice ratio of carbs to protein. Another winner for my Mexican food loving eating style :)  I also love that you can make a big batch and it’s good for a few days – I ate it for lunch the following day.  If you make ONE salad from my blog, make this one!  Have a great day!

Chipotle Chicken Taco Salad is a delicious and healthy Mexican food dish made with avocado and Greek yogurt.

prior to mixing together

Chipotle Chicken Taco Salad is a delicious and healthy Mexican food dish made with avocado and Greek yogurt.

the dressing

Chipotle Chicken Taco Salad is a delicious and healthy Mexican food dish made with avocado and Greek yogurt.

Chipotle Chicken Taco Salad

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 4

Healthy Chipotle Chicken Taco Salad has a lime Greek yogurt dressing, avocado, tomatoes, and shredded chicken. I love this salad recipe - great for summer!

Ingredients

    Dressing:
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2/3 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon minced chipotle chile, canned in adobo sauce OR 1/2 teaspoon Adobo seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 4 teaspoons fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Salad:
  • 4.5 cups shredded romaine lettuce
  • 2 cups chopped roasted skinless, boneless chicken breasts (about 2 breasts)
  • 1.5 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 diced & peeled avocado
  • 1/3 cup thinly vertically sliced red onion
  • 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained (can also use Pinto beans)
  • 1 (8 ounce or close to it) can no-salt-added whole-kernel corn, rinsed and drained

Instructions

  1. To prepare dressing, combine first 7 ingredients, stirring well.
  2. To prepare salad, combine lettuce and remaining
  3. ingredients in a large bowl.
  4. Drizzle dressing over salad; toss gently to coat. Serve immediately so lettuce doesn't get soggy (will still taste good the next day, though).
  5. Tip: Add a spoonful of adobo sauce for a spicier salad
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Recipe source:  adapted from nutmegnotebook.com

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Author:Ashley

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32 Responses to “Chipotle Chicken Taco Salad”

  1. May 12, 2014 at 12:53 AM #

    Oh yeah, this would definitely make a great main dish. It’s hearty, but what I really like—-well there is that wonderful dressing—-I like the variety of textures and colors. It just makes it more than just a salad for dinner, which sometimes sounds kind of pathetic. Oh I am just having a salad—-virtuous me. Lol.

  2. May 12, 2014 at 3:54 AM #

    This is one healthy salad! I love the look of it and wish I had a bowl in my fridge for lunch because I feel like something healthy, something just like this, today… xoxo

  3. May 12, 2014 at 5:01 AM #

    Veggies, meat, fats – this salad has it all! And perfect fora warm summer evening!
    Happy Monday!

  4. May 12, 2014 at 7:20 AM #

    I make a salad similar to this one and could eat it every single day! I like the addition of chipotle in your dressing, trying that next time for sure!!

  5. May 12, 2014 at 9:51 AM #

    I love the flavors in this!!

  6. May 12, 2014 at 9:59 AM #

    This is right up my alley. Love!

  7. May 12, 2014 at 10:22 AM #

    I need to make this happen for lunch today. Holy yum!

  8. May 12, 2014 at 11:05 AM #

    This is my type of salad! I like salad with a lot of stuff in it haha And this definitely fits that bill! Love the avocado, black beans and chicken!

  9. May 12, 2014 at 11:25 AM #

    I love everything about this salad. Perfect for the warmer months!

  10. May 12, 2014 at 12:06 PM #

    What a wonderful salad! I think this would be a hit with my family…and perfect for a summer entree!

  11. May 12, 2014 at 12:11 PM #

    Now that’s one crazy good looking salad!!! I love all those flavors and could see eating this all summer long!!!

  12. May 12, 2014 at 12:18 PM #

    We’re supposed to reach the 100′s this week. Yep. Hello California! So, I am all aboutt he salads. Bring it. This sounds awesome.

  13. Ginny McMeans
    May 12, 2014 at 12:27 PM #

    Chipotle in a salad? Sounds so good!

  14. May 12, 2014 at 12:49 PM #

    I could eat this salad every day and never tire of it!

  15. May 12, 2014 at 7:21 PM #

    Loving the combo of flavors in this salad, it looks so satisfying, like a little bit of everything you would want in a salad!

  16. May 12, 2014 at 11:37 PM #

    I’m already dreaming up a vegan version of this recipe. Thanks for the inspiration!

  17. May 13, 2014 at 7:26 AM #

    This salad sounds hearty and substantial! It seems like it has the perfect combination of creamy, crunchy textures and bright flavors. And even better — I love salads that are still delish on the second day.

  18. May 13, 2014 at 9:13 AM #

    I’ve had probably a handful of salads that I really LOVED, but I’m sure this would be numbered among them. Love that smoky chipotle spice!

  19. May 13, 2014 at 10:44 AM #

    Wow! What a great-looking salad! I’m looking forward to trying your dressing… Mmmm!

  20. May 13, 2014 at 11:47 AM #

    I can see why you loved this, Ashley! I love all the texture and flavors going on in and that creamy (but healthy!) dressing must really hit the spot. This is the way to make a meal out of a salad. I like to use beans, corn, avocado, grains in my salads too but got to try that Greek yogurt dressing!

  21. May 13, 2014 at 1:49 PM #

    I’ve been obsessed with anything containing chipotle- love it!

  22. May 13, 2014 at 3:21 PM #

    The chipotle dressing sounds so good! This salad has everything I love!

  23. May 13, 2014 at 3:27 PM #

    I love all of these ingredients! Perfect salad!

  24. May 13, 2014 at 3:44 PM #

    I love mexican dishes so this already has me intrigued. With such high praise from you – well then, I need to give it a try!

  25. May 13, 2014 at 11:31 PM #

    This is absolutely incredible. It’s everything I love in one bowl.

  26. May 14, 2014 at 6:33 AM #

    A taco salad just in title alone makes me so happy :D
    Mexican but healthy!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  27. May 14, 2014 at 9:18 AM #

    Wow – this looks amazing! I love all the colors and flavors in it. I can totally see myself digging into this for dinner! Yum!

  28. May 14, 2014 at 11:51 AM #

    this looks amazing! so summery! Love! Pinned :)

  29. May 14, 2014 at 12:17 PM #

    I love a good salad! Especially when it’s full of so many flavors like this one. Sometimes on a really hot day a salad is about all I can stomach for dinner!

  30. May 14, 2014 at 9:20 PM #

    The creamy Greek yogurt dressing sounds insanely delicious! I love the other flavors too.

  31. May 15, 2014 at 7:30 AM #

    Beautiful salad! You have me licking my chops as I am reading your ingredient list. Thanks for the hint on using romaine lettuce or other sturdy lettuces to hold up to the wet ingredients. Just pinned!

  32. May 15, 2014 at 10:48 PM #

    Take out the lettuce and Greek yogurt and this would make a darn good black bean salsa as well!

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