Southwest Barbecue Chicken Salad with Cilantro Lime Dressing

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Southwest Barbecue Chicken Salad with Cilantro Lime Dressing

Meet my new favorite salad. It’s piled high with tons of toppings and dressed with a sweet-tart dressing that I can’t get enough of!

This salad is loaded with flavorful toppings in a variety of textures that really keep things interesting. Crispy greens, creamy avocado, sweet grilled corn, juicy tomatoes – you name it, it’s on there. Plus some corn chips for a crunchy bonus that will have even the pickiest eaters asking for seconds.

As if that’s not all delicious enough, I was completely blown away by the cilantro-lime-honey dressing that ties it all together. It’s sweet and tart and I want to put it on everything. It’s my new go-to dressing, for sure.

PS – Do you have a smoker? If so, you NEED to try this recipe with smoked spatchcock chicken!

Southwest Barbecue Chicken Salad with Cilantro Lime Dressing
Southwest Chicken Salad with Cilantro Lime Dressing

Southwest Barbecue Chicken Salad with Cilantro Lime Dressing

If a walking taco and a barbecue dinner had a baby, this southwest barbecue chicken salad is what you'd get. It's basically the most epic salad ever and it's the only thing I've felt like eating all week. I'm hooked.
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Course: Healthy Salad Recipes
Cuisine: Southwest
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 629kcal


  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 ears corn husks removed
  • ½ cup barbecue sauce
  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup loosely packed cilantro chopped
  • 1 garlic cloves grated
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 cup low sodium black beans rinsed and drained
  • 1 package 9 ounces Dole® hearts of romaine
  • 1 avocado diced
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes halved
  • 2 ounces Monterey Jack cheese shredded
  • ½ cup corn chips


  • Heat your grill to medium high. Add the chicken and corn; cook for 8 minutes or until the chicken is partially cooked and the corn begins to brown. Remove the corn from the grill. Brush both sides of the chicken with barbecue sauce and cook an additional 5-10 minutes, or until cooke through. Remove from grill and dice. Cut the corn away from the cob.
  • In a small jar, combine the lime juice, olive oil, garlic, cilantro and honey. Mix well to combine. Season with salt and pepper.
  • In a large bowl, toss the romaine with half of the dressing; divide the dressed lettuce among four bowls.
  • Top each salad with chicken, corn, tomatoes, avocado, beans, cheese, and corn chips. Serve with additional dressing, if desired.
Nutrition Facts
Southwest Barbecue Chicken Salad with Cilantro Lime Dressing
Amount Per Serving
Calories 629 Calories from Fat 270
% Daily Value*
Fat 30g46%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 112mg37%
Sodium 1276mg55%
Sugar 22g24%
Protein 43g86%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Hi, I'm Lauren!

I'm a certified plant-based cook and enthusiastic omnivore who loves looking for creative ways to make weeknight meals more nutritious. I'm the author of Heathy Eating One Pot Cookbook and Healthy Meal Prep Slow Cooker Cookbook. I also blog at The Busy Foodie. Read more...


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