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southwest chile lime ranch salad with chicken

Southwest Chili Lime Salad Recipe

  • Author: Rebecca Baron
  • Prep Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Cuisine: South West


Talk about eating the colors of the rainbow! I love all the subtle flavors in this grilled chicken cobb salad. They come together to create a unique flavor that I don't get tired of.



Smokey Chili Lime Dressing

  • 1 1/2 Cups Mayo
  • Juice of 1 large Lime
  • 1 Tbl Apple Cider Vinegar *
  • 2 tsp Honey
  • 1 tsp Mustard
  • 1 clove garlic, (minced)
  • 1/2 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1/2 tsp Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp Coarse Real Salt *
  • 1 Tbl Chives (chopped)
  • 1 Tbl Cilantro (finely chopped)

Chicken Marinade

  • 4 large Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • 2 Tbl Olive Oil
  • 1 Tbl Balsamic Vinegar
  • Juice of 1/2 a Lime
  • Large Pinch Chili Flakes
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin
  • 1/2 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1 tsp Coarse Real Salt *
  • 1/2 tsp Coarse Ground Pepper

Southwestern Cobb Salad

  • 6 pieces Small Romaine Hearts (chopped into bite-sized)
  • 1/2 cup Cilantro (roughly chopped)
  • 1 Small Red Onion (chopped)
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper (chopped)
  • 1 Orange Bell Pepper (chopped)
  • 1 Yellow Bell Pepper (chopped)
  • 2 Avocados (pitted and sliced into 1/2" cubes)
  • 1/2 cup Pico de Gallo
  • 1 can Black Beans (drained)
  • Sliced Grilled Chicken (see above marinade)
  • Smokey Chili Lime Dressing (see above)


Smokey Chili Lime Dressing

  1. Add all of the dressing ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth and combined.
  2. Store in an airtight container in fridge.

Chicken Marinade

  1. Add the oil, balsamic vinegar, lime juice, chili flakes, cumin, salt, and pepper to a mixing bowl and whisk together until combined.
  2. Add the chicken, turning until all breasts are well coated.
  3. Cover and let sit in the refrigerator for at least one hour or overnight.
  4. Cook chicken on a hot grill until both sides have nice grill marks and chicken is cooked through.
  5. Let sit for 10 minutes before slicing.

Southwestern Cobb Salad

  1. Place the romaine lettuce in a large bowl.
  2. Set each salad ingredient in a row across the bed of romaine.
  3. Drizzle with a little dressing.
  4. Using salad tongs, serve up a little of each section when plating, or toss everything together and then plate.
  5. Serve with more salad dressing.

Keywords: Healthy, Unique, Subtle, Grilled