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Southwest Chicken Salad with Avocado Lime Dressing

Southwest Chicken Salad with Avocado Lime Dressing

You’ve heard me say like a billion times now how much I love Mexican food, so you probably aren’t surprised that Mexican-inspired salads are my fave!

With Cinco de Mayo coming up this weekend, I thought I would share a recipe for those of you looking to celebrate with some healthier recipes. Who says you can’t have a salad for Cinco de Mayo?! As much as I love to have tortilla chips by the handfuls or eat some really cheesy enchiladas, a good salad sounds so perfect sometimes, especially when it comes with a really great dressing.

Meet my latest lunch obsession. This avocado lime dressing is the bomb.com! The avocado makes it nice and creamy, but the dressing still has a light texture. You’d swear you were really eating a heavier dressing. I’m not really giving a recipe for the salad as you can really use whatever ingredients you want, but I tore up some rotisserie chicken and added grape tomatoes, some black beans, and some shredded cheese.

And hey, with the calories you save eating this salad, you can make up for it by drinking more margaritas! ;)

Southwest Chicken Salad with Avocado Lime Dressing

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Southwest Chicken Salad with Avocado Lime Dressing

Yield: makes 1/2 cup dressing (serves about 2)

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

For the salad:

  • 4 cups lettuce of your choice
  • Suggested Toppings: sliced chicken breast, black beans, corn, tomatoes, shredded cheese, crushed tortilla chips, etc. (whatever you want!).

For the dressing:

  • 1/2 avocado, diced
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 tbs. cilantro
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup-1/2 cup water (depending on how thick you want the dressing to be)

Directions:

  1. To make the dressing, place the avocado, lime juice, cilantro, and garlic powder in a food processor. Pulse until the avocado is pureed.
  2. Add 1/4 cup of water and pulse. If dressing is too thick, add additional water until the dressing reaches your desired consistency. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve on salad.

Southwest Chicken Salad with Avocado Lime Dressing

   

81 Responses to “Southwest Chicken Salad with Avocado Lime Dressing”

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    Alyssa — April 30, 2012 at 1:49 am

    Mexican food is my favorite too. I had a taco salad last night for dinner because I was having a serious craving (and swimsuit season is officially here.) I wish I would have had this dressing recipe…it would have totally hit the spot!

    • Stephanie replied: — April 30th, 2012 @ 4:52 pm

      Thanks, Alyssa! I love taco salads too!

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    Baker Street — April 30, 2012 at 2:21 am

    I love mexican food too! I love the dressing you made for this gorgeous salad. Its sounds so easy to put together.

    • Stephanie replied: — April 30th, 2012 @ 5:02 pm

      Thanks! It is super easy to put together!

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    Choc Chip Uru — April 30, 2012 at 5:27 am

    This is so beautifully presented – looks fresh, crispy and perfect for a mexican picnic :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

    • Stephanie replied: — April 30th, 2012 @ 5:04 pm

      Thank you! :)

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    Tina@flourtrader — April 30, 2012 at 6:43 am

    The dressing is the real show stopper here-I can think of several uses for that-yum! I have never seen a dressing made with avocados before, but no doubt it works wonderfully. A great southwestern salad and dressing recipe to put in my files. Glad you posted this.

    • Stephanie replied: — April 30th, 2012 @ 5:04 pm

      Thank you, Tina! I think this dressing would also be great on tacos instead of sour cream! Or even as a dip for chips!

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    Ridwan — April 30, 2012 at 6:57 am

    Healthy salad with Yummy dressing in a gorgeous salad bowl,,,YUM,,,I love mexican cuisine too :)

    • Stephanie replied: — April 30th, 2012 @ 5:05 pm

      Thanks, Ridwan!

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    Ramona — April 30, 2012 at 7:16 am

    You just reminded me that Cinco de Mayo is coming up… I totally forgot about it. This salad looks like a fiesta on a plate… and healthy too. I love avocados so I’m totally into this dressing. Have a great week! ~ Ramona

    • Stephanie replied: — April 30th, 2012 @ 5:06 pm

      Thanks, Ramona! I almost forgot about it too.

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    Kiri W. — April 30, 2012 at 9:18 am

    That dressing sounds so fantastically creamy! :) The tang must be perfect, too.

    • Stephanie replied: — April 30th, 2012 @ 5:07 pm

      Thanks, Kiri! The avocado really does make it nice and creamy!

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — April 30, 2012 at 10:18 am

    This is my idea of a perfectly light Mexican meal! Great salad, Stephanie! It looks so delicious and that avocado-lime dressing is calling my name!

    • Stephanie replied: — April 30th, 2012 @ 5:08 pm

      Thanks, Georgia! I’m always trying to think of ways to ‘healthify” Mexican food. That way, I can have it more often!

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    Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats — April 30, 2012 at 10:40 am

    mmmm creamy avocado dressing…I can totally get on that! Im always looking for creamy dressings that are still healthy! Im all about this!

    • Stephanie replied: — April 30th, 2012 @ 5:11 pm

      Me too, Alaina!

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    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — April 30, 2012 at 10:43 am

    Oooo, that dressing sounds delightful!!

    • Stephanie replied: — April 30th, 2012 @ 5:40 pm

      Thanks, Sommer! :)

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    Cassie — April 30, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    Perfect for Cinco de Mayo! I’m a fool for avocados!

    • Stephanie replied: — April 30th, 2012 @ 5:59 pm

      Me too, Cassie! I could eat one every day!

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    Maggie @ kitchie coo — April 30, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    I am seriously in love with this dressing! It has so many of my favorite ingredients and is the perfect spring salad accoutrement. Yummers!

    • Stephanie replied: — April 30th, 2012 @ 5:59 pm

      Thanks, Maggie!!

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    CJ at Food Stories — April 30, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    This is perfect with the holiday coming up this weekend. I’m still searching for what I’m going to make so this might be a top contender!

    • Stephanie replied: — April 30th, 2012 @ 6:07 pm

      Thanks, CJ! I hope you like it!

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    Carol — April 30, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    wow! this is really great!. This is the food I’ve been looking for my diet.

    • Stephanie replied: — April 30th, 2012 @ 6:10 pm

      Thanks, Carol!

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    Alysia @ Slim Sanity — April 30, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    I LOVE anything with avocado! I’ve seen some avocado based dressing I really need to try out

    • Stephanie replied: — April 30th, 2012 @ 6:21 pm

      I do too, Alysia! I love them!

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    Cucina49 — April 30, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    I can practically taste this salad–would definitely have black beans in mind. This looks delicious!

    • Stephanie replied: — April 30th, 2012 @ 6:11 pm

      Thanks! Black beans are a great topping for this salad!

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    Katerina — April 30, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    I love Mexican too and this salad is right up my alley! Avocado is a Mexican trademark!

    • Stephanie replied: — April 30th, 2012 @ 6:11 pm

      Thanks, Katerina!

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    Reem | Simply Reem — April 30, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    What wonderful flavors…
    I adore mexican food.. This salad sounds so yum..
    I am drooling over the luscious dressing…
    Perfect!!

    • Stephanie replied: — April 30th, 2012 @ 6:12 pm

      Thank you, Reem!

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    Zsofi — April 30, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    This is my first time on your website and it’s really lovely. Great design, beautiful-looking recipes. Count me in as a new fan! And like you, Mexican food is my total fave, so I WANT THIS. I want it now……yum. Avocados…limes…cilantro….the golden triumvirate. Looks fabulous.

    • Stephanie replied: — April 30th, 2012 @ 9:37 pm

      So glad you stopped by! :)

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    Emily @ Life on Food — April 30, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    your little dressing container is so super cute. where did you get it? the dressing looks super yummy!

    • Stephanie replied: — April 30th, 2012 @ 9:38 pm

      It’s actually a measuring cup! My friend gave them to me for my birthday last year. I think she got them at Anthropologie.

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    Lindsey@Lindselicious — April 30, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    Oh I hope my coworker brings me some avocados again, I totally want to make this! YUM

    • Stephanie replied: — May 1st, 2012 @ 10:35 pm

      Thanks, Lindsey!

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    Meghan — April 30, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    Looks great Steph! I love Mexican food & this dressing sounds like one I will use again & again! I’m all about eating more salads to make room for more margaritas too :)

    • Stephanie replied: — May 1st, 2012 @ 10:36 pm

      Thanks, Meghan! It’s so easy to make time and time again!

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    Tess — April 30, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    looks and sounds perfect!! Can’t wait to try =))

    • Stephanie replied: — May 1st, 2012 @ 10:36 pm

      Thank you, Tess!

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    Anita at Hungry Couple — April 30, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    Great dressing idea. I love avocados!

    • Stephanie replied: — May 1st, 2012 @ 10:38 pm

      Thanks, Anita! I do too!

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    Baking Serendipity — April 30, 2012 at 11:56 pm

    I could definitely get behind a salad for Cinco de Mayo if it included that dressing! It looks so good :) Plus, my crazy plans definitely include chaperoning prom. WIthout drinks in the picture, a salad is sounding just about perfect.

    • Stephanie replied: — May 1st, 2012 @ 10:43 pm

      Oh man! Chaperoning prom! Sounds like you need to sneak some margaritas in your bag!

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    Susie — May 1, 2012 at 12:37 am

    This dressing sounds so good. I haven’t had an avocado dressing before. I like the way you think by the way totally with you on having margaritas because I just ate a salad. :)

    • Stephanie replied: — May 1st, 2012 @ 10:53 pm

      Thanks, Susie!

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    myfudo — May 1, 2012 at 1:44 am

    I agree, the avocado-lime dressing is what makes this salad extraordinary. Love the combination of flavors. Yup, summer is on it’s way but I’d love to see spring colors in my salads still. Thanks for sharing, Steph. =)

    • Stephanie replied: — May 1st, 2012 @ 10:34 pm

      I agree! The more colorful, the better!!

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    Julie @ Table for Two — May 1, 2012 at 10:07 am

    Gorgeous colors on this salad and I’m loving the avocado lime dressing..i’m so obsessed with avocados! :)

    • Stephanie replied: — May 1st, 2012 @ 10:53 pm

      Thanks, Julie! Me too!

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    Catalina @ Cake with Love — May 1, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    This is such a great recipe, I love that dressing, it looks so creamy!

    • Stephanie replied: — May 1st, 2012 @ 10:59 pm

      Thank you, Catalina!

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    Liz — May 1, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    Oh, your dressing sounds divine…and so does your wonderful salad! Perfect for Cinco de Mayo :)

    • Stephanie replied: — May 1st, 2012 @ 11:01 pm

      Thank you, Lizzy!!

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    Megan (Country Cleaver} — May 1, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    I am so glad I picked up extra avocados this week!! Wow!

    • Stephanie replied: — May 1st, 2012 @ 11:03 pm

      Thanks, Megan! I’ve been getting lots of extra avocados lately!

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    Beth Michelle — May 2, 2012 at 8:38 am

    That avocado lime dressing sounds amazingggggggg

    • Stephanie replied: — May 2nd, 2012 @ 11:44 pm

      Thank you, Beth Michelle!

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    Sandra's Easy Cooking — May 2, 2012 at 9:58 am

    Looks Delish! Love the freshness of your salad, as well that avocado lime dressing is must try! Thank you for sharing and congrats on top 9!!

    • Stephanie replied: — May 2nd, 2012 @ 11:43 pm

      Thanks, Sandra!

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    mjskit — May 2, 2012 at 10:42 am

    That avocado dressing looks awesome! So much better than just chopped avocado in the salad. Great salad! Congrats on the Top 9!

    • Stephanie replied: — May 2nd, 2012 @ 11:43 pm

      Thanks! Though I love avocado so much, I also chopped some up for the salad, lol!

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    Meagan @ Scarletta Bakes — May 2, 2012 at 11:57 am

    I love you. I really do. I love you for this salad and I double love you for this dressing. Southwest Chicken Salad will be mine for lunch today.

    • Stephanie replied: — May 2nd, 2012 @ 11:42 pm

      Haha! I hope you enjoyed it!

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts — May 2, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    This dressing is amazing!! I can’t wait to try it. I even have some avocados to use up!

    • Stephanie replied: — May 2nd, 2012 @ 11:41 pm

      Thanks, Erin! I hope you like the recipe!

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    CJ at Food Stories — May 2, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    Congratulations on your foodbuzz top 9, today!

    • Stephanie replied: — May 2nd, 2012 @ 11:41 pm

      Thanks, CJ!

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    TastefullyJulie — May 2, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    Congrats on the top 9. Your blog is beautiful. I can’t wait to look through it all!

    • Stephanie replied: — May 2nd, 2012 @ 11:40 pm

      Thank you for stopping by, Julie!

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