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Southwest Grilled Chicken Salad

Southwest Grilled Chicken Salad Southwest Grilled Chicken Salad

This is my copycat of the popular salad sold at McDonald's. It's the only thing I eat off their menu and I was anxious to replicate it at home.















4 ounces chicken breast halves, boneless, skinless
one small chicken breast
1 tablespoons canola oil
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 tablespoon cilantro
fresh chopped
1 pinch cumin
1 pinch cayenne pepper
1 pinch kosher salt
1 pinch black pepper
1 ½ cup romaine lettuce
salad blend, chopped
1 italian plum (roma) tomatoes
2 tablespoons corn
sweet corn
2 tablespoons black beans
1 tablespoon carrots
1 tablespoon scallions, spring or green onions
1 tablespoon pepper jack cheese
shredded Mexican cheese blend
1 tablespoon black olives
sliced, optional
1 ounce tortilla chips
or crispy fried tortilla strips, for garnish
fresh for garnish
2 tablespoons salad dressing, creamy ranch
fat free
1 tablespoon sour cream, light
low fat or non-fat
½ teaspoons apple cider vinegar
½ teaspoons lime juice
¼ teaspoons chili powder
¼ teaspoons cumin
¼ teaspoons onion powder
¼ teaspoons garlic powder


Mix together all marinade ingredients in a glass container. Add chicken breast and refrigerate at least 1 hour and up to 4 hours, turning periodically.

Mix all dressing ingredients together. Refrigerate at least 1 hour to allow flavors to meld.

Grill marinated breast over hot coals or broil for 5 to 6 minutes on each side, until no longer pink in middle. Let rest, tented with foil, 5 to 10 minutes before slicing.

Assemble salad components on serving plate. Arrange sliced grilled chicken breast atop salad. Garnish as desired and top with dressing.


* not incl. in nutrient facts

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lynn in ma

I think this is my new favorite salad, even topping Cobb...maybe. It is suitable for lunch or dinner and is very flavorful. Suitable for lunch OR dinner.

over 11 years ago


I have made this several times now. It is truly one of our favorite recipes.

about 7 years ago

United States

You're missing a very crucial ingredient. Why does nobody seem to realize that the southwest salad specifically has like glaze on the chicken in addition to the dressing packet you're given?

almost 5 years ago

United States

I have problems with acidic, spicy and allium foods, I make something like this but put equal parts fresh lime juice with either honey or agave, so it doesn't bother my stomach. I also leave off the dressing. I have found some tortilla strips that has a hint of lime in it, that I use. I use a spring mix, and a Roma tomato that I have removed the seeds. I think it tastes just as good as McDonalds, but that doesn't stop me from going to McDonalds also and having it.

over 4 years ago

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 405g (14.3 oz)
Amount per Serving
Calories 76766% of calories from fat
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 57g 87%
Saturated Fat 9g 43%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 80mg 27%
Sodium 841mg 35%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 14%
Dietary Fiber 7g 26%
Sugars g
Protein 58g
Vitamin A 56% Vitamin C 49%
Calcium 14% Iron 18%
* based on a 2,000 calorie diet How is this calculated?


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