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! 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

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

Southwest Chicken Salad with Avocado Lime Dressing

Avocado Lime Dressing
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 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)


  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



  1. 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!

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

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

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  4. 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.

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

  6. 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

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

  8. 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!

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

  10. Oooo, that dressing sounds delightful!!

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

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

  13. 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!

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

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

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

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

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

  19. 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.

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

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

  22. 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 :)

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

  24. Great dressing idea. I love avocados!

  25. 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.

  26. 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. :)

  27. 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. =)

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

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

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

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

  32. That avocado lime dressing sounds amazingggggggg

  33. 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!!

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

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  36. 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.

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

  38. Congratulations on your foodbuzz top 9, today!

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

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