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Santa Fe Chicken Salad with Tangy Lime Dressing

by flavorthemoments on April 30, 2013

santa fe chicken salad with tangy lime dressing

santa fe chicken salad with tangy lime dressing

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again — I’m a salad girl, and I eat one every day.  When I eat out, I normally gravitate toward the big salads on the menu instead of ordering a heavy entree, and that’s also true when I go out for Mexican food.  It’s not that I don’t like enchiladas, tacos, etc. — I love them!  I just don’t like feeling weighed down at the end of a meal.  If I see a salad like this Santa Fe Chicken Salad with Tangy Lime Dressing on the menu, I’m gonna order it.  It’s got everything I love — grilled chicken, roasted corn, black beans, avocado, green onions, and cherry tomatoes.  The clincher?  The fresh, tangy lime dressing and crunchy tortilla strips over the top!  This is my kind of salad.  :smile:

This salad is a main dish and is guaranteed to satisfy.  It’s packed with so many fresh, stick-to-your-ribs ingredients, it has to!  It’s got grilled chicken, for starters.  Grilling your chicken with plain old salt and pepper is fine here as the dressing is flavor-packed, or with your favorite seasoning.  Mine happens to be Susie Q’s Santa Maria Style Seasoning, which is a combination of garlic, salt, parsley, and pepper.  It’s impossible to impart how much I love this seasoning.  I’ve been ordering it online for years, and it’s great with just about everything. :smile:

santa fe chicken salad with tangy lime dressing

As for the roasted corn, I roasted a couple of ears of corn out of the husks on the grill until they were blackened on all sides.  I let them cool, and cut the kernels off.  I adore grilled corn, and realize you may not share my enthusiasm in going to the trouble of preparing it. That’s where Trader Joe’s frozen roasted corn comes in handy!  Heat it up in a skillet and add it in your salad.  The roasted corn is probably my favorite ingredient in this salad. :grin:

Every good Santa Fe salad must have crunchy tortilla strips on top.  It’s just not the same without them!  I was out of them…OMG…so I used a pizza cutter and cut up some thin strips and fried them in a skillet over medium heat.  They cooked in two minutes flat!  A little salt, and I was good to go.  :wink:

santa fe chicken salad with tangy lime dressing

The crowning glory of this salad is the tangy, lime dressing.  Fresh lime juice, maple syrup, and some spices like cumin, cayenne pepper, and some dried cilantro went into it.  I made this dressing extra limey with the juice of two limes.  To me, there’s no such thing as too much lime. Feel free to tone it down a notch if it’s too much for you.  :smile:  Whether it’s Cinco de Mayo or any old day of the week, this salad is a winner.  It’s fresh, tangy, and delicious!

santa fe chicken salad with tangy lime dressing

Santa Fe Chicken Salad with Tangy Lime Dressing

Rating: 41

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Santa Fe Chicken Salad with Tangy Lime Dressing

Santa Fe Chicken Salad with Tangy Lime Dressing is fresh, satisfying, and packed with zesty lime flavor.

Ingredients

1 lb. boneless, skinless, chicken breasts, grilled and sliced (about 2 large)

4 cups romaine lettuce, chopped

2 green onions, white and green parts, sliced

1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved

1/2 cup black beans, rinsed and drained

2/3 cup roasted corn (grilled and cut from the cob, or frozen roasted corn, cooked according to package directions)

1 avocado, seeded and diced

2/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese

fresh cilantro, lime wedges, and tortilla strips, for serving

Tangy Lime Dressing:

4 tablespoons fresh lime juice

2 teaspoons pure maple syrup (agave syrup or honey ok)

1/4 teaspoon ground cumin

1/4 teaspoon dried cilantro (1 teaspoon fresh, chopped cilantro)

pinch cayenne pepper

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

Place the lettuce, green onions, cherry tomatoes, black beans, roasted corn, avocado, and cheddar cheese in a large bowl. Toss together gently, and serve on plates. Top with the chicken and tortilla strips.

Prepare the Dressing:

In a small bowl, whisk together the lime juice, maple syrup, cumin, cilantro, and cayenne pepper. Add the olive oil in a steady stream, whisking constantly. Drizzle the dressing over the salads.

Serve with fresh cilantro and lime wedges, if desired.

Notes

Total time above includes grilling chicken and corn. This will take even less time if you have frozen roasted corn, or rotisserie chicken breast!

To prepare grilled corn, remove the corn from the husk. Grill over a lightly oiled grill or grill pan over medium to medium high heat. Turn the corn about every 3-4 minutes, or until the corn has blackened. Continue cooking until all sides have been cooked. Remove from heat, cool, and cut the corn from the cobs.

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

SaltySweetSour May 1, 2013 at 12:06 pm

Looks delicious! I’m always looking for easy salads like this to take to work.

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flavorthemoments May 1, 2013 at 12:14 pm

I’ve been eating it for lunch the past couple of days and certainly didn’t tire of it!

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ATasteOfMadness May 1, 2013 at 12:38 pm

I LOCE santa fe salads. I used to get it almost every day at work. Yours looks perfect, I would love to try this!

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flavorthemoments May 1, 2013 at 1:16 pm

Thank you! If you try it, I hope you enjoy it!

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Aimee @ ShugarySweets May 1, 2013 at 7:20 pm

Oh this salad. Sounds amazing!!!

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flavorthemoments May 1, 2013 at 8:22 pm

Thanks, Aimee! I ate it 3 days straight!

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Ashley May 2, 2013 at 10:45 am

Gah, I love this salad. Everything about it – especially that lime dressing! I agree with you on roasted corn – it makes everything better : )

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flavorthemoments May 2, 2013 at 11:02 am

Thanks, Ashley! I’ll be grilling a lot of corn as it’s everywhere right now. YAY!

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Nicole@HeatOvenTo350 May 2, 2013 at 1:37 pm

I’m a salad girl, too! I can’t get enough of them. This looks like one I would love. Pinning this! :)

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flavorthemoments May 2, 2013 at 7:34 pm

That’s great, Nicole! I hope you enjoy it when you make it!

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