Southwestern Grilled Chicken Salad

Southwestern Grilled Chicken Salad
Whenever I make something mexican-ish, I always want to throw in a yeehaw somewhere.. so YEEHAW!! Another simple summer salad, Southwestern Grilled Chicken Salad! But don’t get confused, it’s not a chicken salad, it’s a salad with southwestern grilled chicken.

Southwestern Grilled Chicken Salad
I am sure I’ve already mentioned this, but Ryan’s parents gave us a grill for Christmas. At first, I could only grill hot dogs, but now I am a grill master and I don’t know how I lived without a grill for so many years!

After we got the grill I wanted to throw the little george foreman grill that we have in the garbage, because after cooking on a real grill, I will never go back. But Ryan convinced me to save it for the time I don’t want to go outside and grill. I think I would opt for ordering pizza for dinner (that I won’t even be able to eat because it’s not gluten free) than using that george foreman again.

Southwestern Grilled Chicken Salad

Southwestern Grilled Chicken Salad


    Chicken Rub
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 pound chicken breasts
  • Salad
  • 6 cups shredded lettuce, your choice
  • 1 can (15 oz) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup corn
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped
  • 1/4 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 lime
  • Dressing - we used catalina kraft salad dressing, but here is another suggestion:
  • 1/4 cup light ranch dressing
  • 1/4 cup mild green salsa
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro


  1. Heat the outside grill burners to medium, around 375-400 degrees.
  2. Mix all of the spices together and rub evenly over the chicken.
  3. Place the chicken on the grill. Flip after 10-15 minutes.
  4. Remove from the grill when the chicken is no longer pink.
  5. Squeeze the lime juice over the chicken.
  6. Salad
  7. Toss the lettuce, black beans, corn, tomato, and onion in a large bowl.
  8. If preparing the salad dressing, mix the ranch dressing, salsa, and cilantro in a bowl. Set aside.
  9. Slice the chicken and place on top of the salad, serve with the dressing.

Recipe adapted from Recipes Prevention.

Did you notice that I threw in broccoli and peppers? Nom nom, extra veggies!

If you are feeling really festive (yeehaw!), you can add some tortilla chip crumbles. Than I guess it’s almost like taco salad, which I am okay with!

In other news, look what I found at Goodwill today..


Larger white plates and tons of colored napkins for photographing and that squirt bottle thing to make fun pancakes or to drizzle frosting on cinnamon rolls :-)

Southwestern Grilled Chicken Salad
Looking for more salad inspiration? Try this Tex Mex Frito Salad!

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  1. This looks amazing!! It’s salad season and this is a great addition. I found this recipe on Sugar & Spice on the 733 Blog. I am co-hosting Tasty Tuesdays this week and would love for you to link up this recipe.

    Lori’s Culinary Creations

  2. I love chicken salad. I remember when Mc Donalds first brought out their chicken salad, I was pregnant with my now 12 year old and I couldn’t get enough of it. Your looks super delicious. Thanks for sharing that recipe.

  3. Girl! I don’t know how you did it without a grill? I love grilling, yeah for Ryan’s mom on giving you the best gift ever! This salad looks awesome! Pinned. :)

  4. You’ll be able to set a beautiful table lovely ~ nice finds! And you’d be so proud. I’m doing better at eating {gasp!} salad!!!
    I still play with the lettuce mostly, but hey … I’m trying. LOL

    Thank you for linking to Raising Imperfection.
    Please come back Friday to see if you were featured. :)

    (¸¤ Lanaya | xoxo

  5. That chicken looks amazingly PERFECT! :D

  6. This looks like a perfect summer salad! Thanks for sharing with Foodie Friends Friday this week!

  7. This salad looks yummy and easy to make. Thanks for sharing the recipe! Great summer salad.


  8. This is probably the best looking salad I’ve ever seen. I can’t wait to try it. Pinned!

    I’d love for you to stop by my link party, Manic Monday.

    Renea –

  9. oh to yummy now this is something with a grown up look but our children will love as well
    come see us at

    • I never thought of that because I don’t have any kids, but I know it’s a miracle when kids eat their dinner!

  10. Delish! I love salad!!!

  11. This salad looks so refreshingly good! Can’t wait to try it:)

  12. Just wanted to stop by and thank you for linking up to All Things Thursday Blog Hop last week. I picked your delicious Southwestern Grilled Chicken Salad as one of my features from last week’s party. I hope you’ll be back tonight to party with us!

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