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Southwestern Chicken Salad
with oranges / avocados / pepitas / cilantro lime dressing

Active: 20 min Total: 20 min

These flavorful taco salads are packed with a variety of flavors thanks to spiced chicken, citrus segments and avocados.

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Ingredients

Servings:
4
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Southwestern Chicken Salad:
  • Coriander, dried - 1 tsp
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp
  • Paprika - 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin - 1/2 tsp
  • Chili powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Black pepper - 1/4 tsp
  • Chicken breasts, boneless and skinless - 1 1/2 lbs, sliced
  • Lettuce, romaine (sub butterhead) - 1 head, chopped
  • Tomatoes, roma - 2, chopped
  • Oranges - 2, segments, roughly chopped
  • Avocados - 2, chopped
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Pepitas / pumpkin seeds - 1/4 cup
Cilantro Lime Dressing:
  • Cilantro - 2 Tbsp, leaves chopped
  • Lime juice - 1 Tbsp
  • Oil, cooking - 3 Tbsp
  • Honey - 2 tsp
  • Cumin, ground - 1/4 tsp

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Prep

  1. Spice mix - Combine coriander, salt, paprika, cumin, chili powder and black pepper. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Chicken - Slice and toss in spice mix.
  3. Lettuce / Tomatoes - Prep as directed.
  4. Oranges / Avocados / Cilantro - Prep as directed.
  5. Make dressing - Whisk together cilantro leaves, lime juice, oil (portion for the dressing), honey and cumin. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

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Make

  1. Heat a skillet with oil over medium-high heat. To heated oil add the chicken strips and saute until chicken is cooked through.
  2. Assemble salads by topping lettuce with chicken, tomatoes, pepitas, oranges and avocados. Drizzle salad dressing over top and enjoy!

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (130)
Gluten-free (9)
Paleo (11)
Vegetarian (12)

67 reviews

I made the salsa a salad by adding mixed greens and I doubled the spice mix. Great!

By: Nienke
Posted: Nov 26, 2017
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Will definitely make again. Especially the side avocado salsa. That would be great with anything/ like simple grilled chicken. A great side to bring to a potluck.

By: Jessica
Posted: Apr 08, 2016
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

This was really delicious. I never would have thought to make a salsa with avocados and oranges, but it was really good.

By: Melanie
Posted: Apr 01, 2016
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Avocado salsa was really good

By: Tina
Posted: Mar 30, 2016
Diet: Original
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I didn't have any pepitas. Added a little water to the rice mixture and covered the skillet with foil for the oven to keep the rice from getting too crispy. Used blood oranges. Everything was delicious and came together quickly. It was even toddler approved

By: Emily Hoops
Posted: Mar 29, 2016
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Chicken thighs were tender and moist.

By: Kristin
Posted: Mar 22, 2016
Diet: Original
0 Helpful