Southwest Chopped Chicken Salad with Tomatillo Avocado Lime Dressing

Yum-o! Such a colorful and flavorful salad that will please the entire family! It might look like a lot of ingredients but the dressing is seriously delicious and so easy to make. The salad comes together very quickly and makes a perfect weeknight dinner! Tip: If you think you will have extra salad, put it aside before adding dressing. It will save better for leftovers without dressing on it!⁣

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Southwest Chopped Chicken Salad with Tomatillo Avocado Lime Dressing

Course: Lunch, Salads
Keyword: Easy Lunch, Gluten Free, High Protein, Under 30 Minutes, Weeknight Meals
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Denise



  • 10 cloves garlic⁣
  • 1/2 yellow onion⁣
  • 2 jalapeños seeds and stems removed⁣
  • 1 1/4 lbs tomatillos skins removed and quartered ⁣
  • Olive oil⁣
  • Salt⁣
  • Pepper⁣
  • 1 bunch cilantro ⁣
  • 2 avocados⁣
  • 2 Tbsp lime juice⁣
  • 1 tsp salt⁣
  • 2 Tbsp white wine vinegar ⁣
  • 1 Tbsp honey ⁣


  • 2 heads romaine chopped⁣
  • 4 scallions chopped⁣
  • 2 cups grape tomatoes chopped⁣
  • 1 can black beans rinsed and drained ⁣
  • 4 chicken breasts cooked and cubed⁣
  • 1/3 cup pepitas ⁣
  • 1/2 cup cotija cheese crumbled ⁣
  • Blue corn tortilla chips crumbled⁣

To Serve:⁣

  • Avocado slices⁣
  • Cilantro⁣


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.⁣
  • Add garlic, tomatillos, jalapeños and onion to a baking sheet. Drizzle generously with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Toss to coat.⁣
  • Roast 25 minutes. Let cool slightly.⁣
  • In a blender, combine roasted veggies with remaining ingredients for dressing. Blend until smooth. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed.⁣
  • Combine all salad ingredients in a large bowl. Add a few tablespoons of salad dressing. Toss to lightly coat. Plate and garnish with avocado slices, fresh cilantro and extra cotija, if desired.⁣
  • Extra dressing can be served on the side to allow others to add more dressing, if desired. Any remaining dressing can be stored in an airtight container for 2-3 days in the refrigerator.⁣
  • If extra time permits, prepare our spice rubbed chicken to use as the chicken in the recipe. ⁣


Serves 4-6⁣
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