Mexican Chicken Salad


Mexican Chicken Salad 9


Mexican Chicken Salad is one of my very favorite salads, especially when the weather is warm.  It is so light and refreshing and filling.  It has a relish made with chicken, beans, corn, and tomatoes tossed with a tasty cumin-honey dressing and then mixed in with lots of lettuce and topped off with cheese and tortilla strips {or crumbled chips} and sour cream.  Recipe from {here}.

Serves 6 to 8 as a main dish


For the Dressing:

1/4 cup white vinegar
1/4 cup honey
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper

For the salad:

2 tablespoons olive oil
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 clove garlic, minced
1 cup frozen {thawed} corn
1 cup ripe tomatoes, chopped
1 15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
2 green onions, chopped
1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
2 cups shredded Monterey Jack {or cheddar} cheese
Tortilla strips or crushed tortilla chips
Sour Cream
Salsa, if desired


For the Dressing:

1. In a small jar or container with a lid, combine vinegar, honey, cumin, salt, and pepper.  Shake vigorously until well mixed.  Set aside.

For the Salad:

1. Heat oil in a large skillet.
2. Sprinkle the chicken cubes with the garlic.  Add to the skillet and cook the chicken until no longer pink in the center.  {About 5 minutes}

Mexican Chicken Salad 3-a

3. Place the chicken, corn, tomatoes, beans, green onions, and red pepper in a large bowl and stir to combine.
4. Add honey dressing and toss until well coated.
5. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.  {Sometimes I don’t make this early enough to refrigerate and it’s just fine.  But I do refrigerate the leftover mixture and it keeps well for several days.}

Mexican Chicken Salad 8-a

6. When ready to serve, either break up lettuce and place it on individual plates {that’s what I do} or place it in a large bowl.
7. Top with the chicken salad relish and any other toppings desired.  {Or mix the chicken salad relish in with the lettuce and serve it from a large bowl and then individually add desired toppings.}
8. Eat and enjoy!

Mexican Chicken Salad 7-aLet me know if this salad becomes one of your favorites.

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24 Responses to Mexican Chicken Salad

  1. Leilani April 9, 2013 at 11:05 am #

    Yummy! I shared this link with my readers today. 🙂

    • Lori April 10, 2013 at 2:08 pm #

      Thanks, Leilani. If you try it let me know if you like it.

  2. Kimberli April 10, 2013 at 3:36 pm #

    This looks so delicious! I would love for you to come join my followers @ I found you on the blog hop!

    • Lori April 10, 2013 at 4:17 pm #

      Thank you Kimberli, I’ll come on over and check out your blog. 🙂

  3. Daniela April 10, 2013 at 3:54 pm #

    Hi Lory, That salad looks delicious! I am nominating you for the liebster award:

    Come over to know what i am talking about and Good Luck!

    • Lori April 11, 2013 at 9:33 am #

      Oh thank you, Daniela. I’m feeling very honored that you nominated me. A few weeks ago I did a post regarding the Liebster Award ~ you can read about it by clicking on the “My Thoughts” sidebar image. I will come to your site and read your’s and then give mine an update with your questions. Congratulations to you.

  4. Jeanie April 10, 2013 at 7:06 pm #

    That looks delicious Lori!

    • Lori April 10, 2013 at 10:31 pm #

      It is, Jeanie. Give it a try and let me know what you think of it.

  5. Kimberli April 11, 2013 at 10:11 am #

    This recipe looks amazing!

  6. The Busy Bee's April 11, 2013 at 2:27 pm #

    This looks delish!!
    We would like to invite you share this at our party. It is live now:
    The Busy Bee’s,
    Myrna and Joye.

    • Lori April 11, 2013 at 3:54 pm #

      Thank you Busy Bees.

  7. Adelina Priddis April 13, 2013 at 3:44 pm #

    Ooo, I’ve been craving salad, and this looks perfect!

    • Lori April 17, 2013 at 2:51 pm #

      This salad will cure your craving, that’s for sure. It is perfect and delicious. What are some of your favorite salads, Adelina?

  8. Diane Balch April 13, 2013 at 8:07 pm #

    cumin honey dressing sounds really delicious on this healthy bright salad. Pinning this for the summer. thanks for sharing it i on foodie friday.

    • Lori April 15, 2013 at 1:09 pm #

      I know. The cumin-honey dressing is what makes this salad so delicious.

  9. Faith @ Artistic31Mama April 14, 2013 at 2:01 pm #

    This looks so good. It caught my eye at the Weekend Potluck party. I’ll be sure to pin it to my salads board. If you like salads I have a post of my favorite salad recipes going live today at 6pm est.

    I’m visiting from

    Have a great week!

    • Lori April 15, 2013 at 1:16 pm #

      I just took a look at your salad post. They all look really delicious. I just love yummy salads ~ especially in the summer. You have a great week, too, Faith.

  10. The Busy Bee's April 16, 2013 at 10:53 am #

    This looks beautiful! The colors are so appetizing! My hubbie will love this! Thanks so much for sharing at our party! We appreciate you!
    Have a great day!
    Joye & Myrna

  11. Emily April 22, 2013 at 7:29 am #

    yummy!! I am a salad lover…This one looks amazing! I’m sharing it tomorrow at this weeks Tasteful Tuesday party…Come on over and check it out… hope you can link up again this week 😮 ) Oh and grab a featured button while you are over! Link will go live Monday evening at 8:30 central time…

    • Lori April 23, 2013 at 1:54 am #

      Thank you so much, Emily. Of course I’ll be there again this week. 🙂

  12. April was in CT now CA April 22, 2013 at 7:33 pm #

    We had a pretty warm day today and when I saw this I knew it would be a great hot day meal. I made a few slight changes, but this is really great! For anyone who is a cilantro fan adding some to the chicken/bean mix is really great. I’ll be adding this to our summer meal rotation for sure. Thanks for sharing!

    • Lori April 23, 2013 at 1:31 am #

      You’re right. Cilantro would be a great addition ~ I’ll give that a try the next time I make it. Thanks for that idea! I’m so glad you liked it.

  13. Lori April 16, 2013 at 5:59 pm #

    Thank you so much. I’m so excited that this Mexican Chicken Salad is featured on your blog today. I hope everyone will love it as much as we do.


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