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Chipotle Grilled Chicken Salad with Honey Jalapeno Vinaigrette

 Chipotle Grilled Chicken salad has a Honey Jalapeno Vinaigrette that makes this salad sweet and spicy. It’s full of color, texture, and delicious flavors that make this salad anything other than ordinary.

Angled view of a green salad topped with slices of chipotle grilled chicken, sliced avocado, shredded purple cabbage, diced tomato, grilled corn, and tortilla straws and then garnished with fresh cilantro. Fresh tomato and jalapenos sit in the background.Years ago salads served as entrees were rare if nonexistent. If only they had known about this Chipotle Grilled Chicken Salad, we would all have been eating differently.

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Side angle of a green salad topped with slices of chipotle grilled chicken, sliced avocado, shredded purple cabbage, diced tomato, grilled corn, and tortilla straws and then garnished with fresh cilantro being drizzled with dressing. A fresh tomato, jalapeno, and avocado sit in the background, On the rare occasions that we went out for dinner when I was a child, meals were served with a side salad. These salads were usually chunks or a wedge of iceberg lettuce drowned in dressing. Eating salads as an entree were unheard of.

Top-down view of a green salad topped with slices of chipotle grilled chicken, sliced avocado, shredded purple cabbage, diced tomato, grilled corn, and tortilla straws and then garnished with fresh cilantro. A cut avocado sits in the foreground.Boy, has times changed. I had no problem eating this beautiful salad for dinner. There are so many colorful veggies that kept me noshing until I couldn’t shove in another bite. I made a honey jalapeno vinaigrette that had a sweet kick and it paired perfectly with the tender grilled chipotle chicken.

The first time I made this salad I wanted to love it but the chicken was just bleh. As much as I wanted to have a recipe to share, I knew it wasn’t ready. The chicken wasn’t anything special.

Partial front view of a green salad topped with slices of chipotle grilled chicken, sliced avocado, shredded purple cabbage, diced tomato, grilled corn, and tortilla straws and then garnished with fresh cilantro. A fresh tomato, jalapeno, and avocado sit in the background.When I make a recipe, I try and repurpose extra ingredients in other recipes. So when I made my Crockpot Chipotle Chicken Tacos, I created an adobe paste that used 2 to 3 chipotle peppers in it. The little can of chipotle peppers that I use has about 12 peppers in it so I make more and just freeze it in small containers.

Side view of 3/4 of a green salad topped with slices of chipotle grilled chicken, sliced avocado, shredded purple cabbage, diced tomato, grilled corn, and tortilla straws and then garnished with fresh cilantro. A tomato, avocado, and jalapeno sit in the background.When I needed to add flavor to this chicken, I pulled one of my containers of chipotle paste out of the freezer and slathered it all over the chicken and just left it in the refrigerator until we were ready to grill it. The first bite of this salad said I’d found exactly what this salad needed.

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Chipotle Grilled Chicken Salad

Chipotle Grilled Chicken salad has a Honey Jalapeno Vinaigrette that makes this salad sweet an spicy.  It’s full of colors, textures, and delicious flavors.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Servings 4 servings
Author Hostess At Heart

Ingredients

Salad

  • 2 chicken breasts Skinless boneless
  • 8 cups lettuce Greens of your choice (I like green leaf)
  • 1 cup corn Fire roasted - I find mine in my grocers' freezer section
  • 2 cups Red cabbage shredded
  • 1 red pepper diced
  • .75 avocado remaining 1/4 is used in the dressing
  • 1 tomato diced - you can also use salsa or pico
  • 1 bunch cilantro

Chipotle paste

  • 3 Chipotle Chilies in Adobo
  • 3 tbsp olive oil vegetable or canola is fine too
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp diced onion
  • 1 cup Fresh cilantro I use the stems for the paste and the leaves for salad
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp Mexican oregano
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • Zest of 1 lime optional

Honey Jalapeno Vinaigrette

  • 1 lime juice and zest
  • 1/2 cup canola or vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro leaves and stems
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 jalapeno seeded
  • 1/4 avocado

Tortilla Straws or crushed tortilla chips

  • 2 Tortillas raw

Instructions

  • Combine chipotle paste ingredients and process in a blender or food processor until thick. Rub chicken thoroughly with paste. Marinate for 30 minutes or up to several hours. Refrigerate until grilling.
  • Combine Vinaigrette ingredients and process in a blender or food processor. Refrigerate until serving.

Tortilla Straws

  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Spray both sides of each tortilla with non-stick cooking spray or brush with oil. Sprinkle with chipotle chili powder and salt. Cut into strips (a pizza cutter works great). Place tortilla strips on an oiled baking sheet and bake for 5-10 minutes or until lightly browned.
  • Grill Chicken and allow to cool slightly. Slice thinly.
  • Assemble salad ingredients. Top with grilled chicken and garnish with additional cilantro. Serve with vinaigrette and tortilla straws.
  • Store covered in the refrigerator for up to one week.

Notes

This dressing recipe yields more than what you need for 4 salads so make plenty.  It's delicious and would even make a great sauce for seafood!

Nutrition

Serving: 4g | Calories: 692kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 41g | Saturated Fat: 25g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 1766mg | Potassium: 1386mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 4391IU | Vitamin C: 92mg | Calcium: 112mg | Iron: 4mg
This recipe was calculated using the exact brands and measurements I used to make this recipe. If you are following a strict diet please note changing anything will cause the nutritional info to change. My calculations are intended as a guide only.
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Nothing is missing in this salad except for the guilt. I actually crave this salad and when I have a batch of the avocado dressing made I’ll eat this salad every day until it’s gone.

Here are a few more salads that I can eat every single day!

Fresh Greek Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

Fresh Greek Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

Grilled Shrimp Salad with Wheat Berries

Grilled Shrimp Salad with Wheat Berries

Favorite Green Salad with Sweet Poppyseed Dressing

Favorite Green Salad with Sweet Poppyseed Dressing

Do you have a favorite salad? I’m always looking for new ones so would love it if you would share!

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Recipe Rating




Deb Clark

Thursday 4th of June 2020

The BEST salad - We loved it and the dressing is so tasty. Five stars!!!

Julie Menghini

Saturday 6th of June 2020

Thank you!

Karen (Back Road Journal)

Monday 3rd of September 2018

Julie your salad sounds great. I like everything about it, the chipotle paste for a flavorful chicken and the honey jalapeno vinaigrette to add to the great taste.

Julie Menghini

Tuesday 4th of September 2018

Thank you Karen! You're so sweet to stop by!

Josette

Saturday 4th of August 2018

This dish really has all of my favorite flavors- it's so beautiful and colorful too! Yum!

Julie Menghini

Monday 27th of August 2018

Thank you Josette! I'm obsessed with this salad! I really appreciate you stopping by!

CakePants

Monday 30th of July 2018

So many colors and textures...and your photos are so crisp that it's like the salad is sitting right in front of me! I wish it were! That's interesting that salad entrees are a relatively recent development. Food trends fascinate me!

Julie Menghini

Monday 30th of July 2018

Hello my friend! Thank you so much for the photo compliments! I'm having fun with the photography and love when I get a good shot. I sure didn't grow up eating salads but I sure enjoy them now. They add a great variety to our meal rotations. Thank you for stopping by and I hope you're enjoying your summer!

Jeff the Chef

Monday 30th of July 2018

I love salad for dinner. My parents went on a salad-for-dinner kick when I was a kid. They though it would help them both loose weight, but they made basically "meat and cheese" salads - loaded with julienned cold cuts and chunks of cheese, and then the slathered on creamy dressings. Oh, I could easily eat a salad like that any day, but I wouldn't expect to loose weight from it! I think that back then, if it had the word "salad" in it, and it wasn't for dessert, it was thought that it had no calories or something.

Julie Menghini

Monday 30th of July 2018

Thank you Jeff! I used to think I could lose weight by eating salads until I found that they can be so high in calories that the burger is a better choice! Thank you for stopping by and I hope you're enjoying your summer!