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Spicy Chicken Southwest Salad

Summer Yule
Tender chicken, black beans, roasted corn, poblano pepper, tomatoes, and cotija are scattered over tender greens for these spicy chicken southwest salads.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 30 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Lunch
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 533 kcal


  • 8 cups baby lettuce (I used Trader Joe's spring mix)
  • 14 ounces cooked chicken, shredded (397 grams; I used dark meat from a rotisserie chicken)
  • 15 ounces canned black beans, drained (425 grams)
  • 1 cup frozen roasted corn, thawed
  • 1 poblano pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup fresh tomatoes, chopped (Villagio Marzano or grape tomatoes)
  • 4 ounces cotija cheese, crumbled (113 grams)
  • ½ medium red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 scallion, sliced (for garnish)
  • ¼ cup cilantro, chopped finely (for garnish)

For the spicy southwest dressing:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ¼ cup plain, unsweetened Greek yogurt (low-fat)
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons chipotle in adobo sauce, finely chopped (use peppers and sauce)


  • Divide the baby lettuce between four meal prep containers. Top each container with equal amounts of chicken, beans, corn, tomatoes, poblano, and red onion. Sprinkle on that super delicious cotija. Garnish each salad with the scallion and cilantro.

To make the spicy southwest dressing:

  • Whisk all of the dressing ingredients together. Divide between four portable salad dressing cups. Could not be easier!


This is a level 2 recipe (transition or weight maintenance). To make this dish a bit lower in calories, I would swap the olive oil in the dressing for some low-fat milk. An added benefit of this swap is that your dressing won’t solidify in the fridge. (If your dressing does become too thick, simply give it a quick stir before using.)
If you have higher energy needs, feel free to add some additional toppings, such as some crushed tortilla chips or nuts. Another idea would be to add a serving of bread or crackers on the side.


Calories: 533kcal
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