Southwest Chicken Salad with a Chipotle Lime Vinaigrette


Perfect summer salad that I have been eating on repeat. The chipotle lime vinaigrette is amazing its spicy, zesty and smokey flavors that pair perfectly with the salad. I love to make a big batch of this dressing just to keep on hand. When I want to switch it up I like to mix this vinaigrette with some ranch for a chipotle ranch dressing or dip!

Southwest Chicken Salad with a Chipotle Lime Vinaigrette

Servings 4
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 20 mins


  • Food Processor
  • Sharp knife
  • Large Bowl
  • Medium Bowl
  • Juicer
  • Strainer


  • 3 cups kale stems removed & chopped
  • 1 head romaine lettuce chopped
  • 2 grilled chicken breasts thinly sliced
  • 1 can cooked black beans drained & rinsed
  • 1 cup corn
  • 1/4 cup red onion chopped
  • 2 avocados chopped
  • 1/4 cup cotija cheese crumbled
  • 4 tbsp cilantro chopped
  • 1/4 cup tortilla strips (save for topping)

Chipotle Lime Vinaigrette

  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oli
  • 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 3 chipotle peppers in adobe sauce
  • 2 tsp adobe sauce
  • 4 tbsp fresh lime juice (about two limes)
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp salt


  • Add kale, romaine lettuce, corn, black beans, red onion, cilantro, cojita cheese, chicken & avocado in a large serving bowl and mix well.

Chipotle Lime Vinaigrette

  • In food processor add chipotle peppers, adobe sauce, apple cider vinegar, olive oil, lime juice, cumin & salt. Puree mixture until dressing is well blended.
  • Dress the salad with the lime vinaigrette (less is always more) and top with the tortilla strips.
    Southwest Salad with Chipotle Vinaigrette
Author: Ashley Zezza
Cost: $25
Course: Dinner, lunch, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: chipotle chicken salad, chipotle lime dressing, chipotle salad, easy healthy meals, healthy salad, southwest salad
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