So I have been wanting a good recipe to make at home to satisfy my cravings for a good Cafe Rio style salad. This cilantro lime fajita salad definitely exceeded my expectations. It is a great recipe and I continue to make this recipe quite frequently. 🙂 I love the marinade for the chicken and veggies and I could drink the vinaigrette. I love how it’s so versatile – I also love to grill the chicken and veggies and eat them by themselves with just the dressing.
This takes a Paleo chicken salad recipe to the next level. It is full of flavor and will keep you satisfied and content. This is a great salad for a fajita flavor without the tortilla. It can be modified to fit your taste easily as well. This works well for a whole meal since it has so many parts to it.
I also love to serve this at large family parties since people can pick and choose what they want and they can choose if they want to make a salad or a taco from the ingredients. The dressing is the highlight of the salad. It never ceases to amaze me how you can put a few ingredients in a blender and they come out a whole different thing than went in to the blender and it tastes so much better than if you just poured the ingredients for the vinaigrette right on the salad (don’t ask me how I know that . . .).
Do you eat salads more for lunch or dinner? Share below!
- 4 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts (cut into strips)
- 1 Large Yellow Onion (peeled and sliced)
- 1 Large Yellow Bell Pepper (seeds removed, cut into strips)
- 2-3 heads Romaine Hearts (cut into bit sized pieces)
- 1 Avocado (sliced)
- 3/4 cup Cherry tomatoes (halved)
Place all ingredients in a food processor or blender and blend together until the garlic is well chopped and ingredients have emulsified.
Using the same blender or processor that the vinaigrette was made in (you don't need to wash it out), place all ingredients for the marinade inside and puree until garlic is finely chopped.
Pour 1/2 of the marinade into a bowl or Ziploc bag and add chicken to the marinade.
Pour the other half of the marinade into another bag or bowl and add the sliced onion and peppers to it.
Let marinate overnight or for several hours, if possible. You can also skip letting it marinade and use it immediately. It will still taste great!
Prepare salad plates (or a large bowl) by placing lettuce, avocado sliced, and cherry tomatoes on each plate(or all together in a bowl.
Heat a large sauté pan or wok to high. Add the vegetables (do not add the marinade) to the hot pan and cook quickly, tossing with tongs or a spatula until the veggies are still crisp, but golden brown in spots. Remove from pan and keep warm.
In the same pan on high heat, add the chicken and marinade to the pan and cook for 2-3 minutes, or until chicken is fully cooked and slightly caramelized. Toss with the vegetables.
Top salads with the hot chicken and vegetables. Drizzle with the cilantro lime vinaigrette.