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Mexican Garden Chicken Salad

  • Author: Stephanie
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Salad


This garden mexican chicken salad paired with a cilantro citrus vinaigrette, is a fiesta in a bowl! 




  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cubed (1 lb)
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/8 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • 3 tbsp olive oil

Cilantro Citrus Vinaigrette

  • 2 tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice (1/2 lemon)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1/3 cup freshly chopped cilantro
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • fresh ground black pepper to taste

Salad Ingredients

  • 5oz mixed greens (or lettuce of choice), rinsed and dried
  • 2 avocados, peeled & diced (1/2 cup)
  • 1 cup diced cherry tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1/4 cup cotija cheese, crumbled
  • 1 cup corn
    • 1 tbsp of butter


  1. In a bowl, add cubed chicken, olive oil, all spices, and mix until chicken is evenly coated. In a cast iron skillet, over medium high heat, cook chicken until it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F. Remove and set aside. In same skillet, lower heat to medium, and add 1 tbsp of butter. Once melted add in the corn and sauté until the kernels are charred, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
  2. Vinaigrette: Using an immersion blender or regular blender, add all the ingredients for the vinaigrette and blend until smooth. You can also hand whisk until all ingredients have been combined. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary. Store in refrigerator.
  3. In a large bowl, assemble all the ingredients together. If not eating right away, wait to dress the salad with the vinaigrette or else the greens will wilt. 


  • Refrigerate dressing for up to one week due to the fresh cilantro in the vinaigrette
  • You can also grill the chicken and the corn in this recipe. If grilling the chicken, you can leave the chicken breast whole, then proceed to dice after fully cooked. Same with corn, grill whole then cut the kernels off.

Keywords: garden salad, citrus vinaigrette, cilantro vinaigrette, grilled chicken, corn