Every once in a while I crave a big ol’ salad. One that has all kinds of goodies in it. Big salads are great for lunch or dinner. And they can be made in a million and one different ways. So last week when the craving struck, I decided to make a southwestern style version for dinner with crispy chicken, avocado, cheddar cheese, black beans, bell pepper and onion all tossed in a creamy chipotle lime dressing. And it totally hit the spot.
I am always a huge fan of crispy chicken in salads. Sure grilled chicken is good but crispy chicken is just so…crispy. It adds a nice texture in the salad. Yes, it does take a little bit more time, especially in this salad because you do need to marinate it a couple of hours, but believe me it is totally worth it.
I am also a huge fan of the flavors of chipotle and lime. I think they pair so well together. The chipotle is spicy. The lime citrusy. Mixed together with a little sour cream and mayo and they make a fantastic creamy dressing with a little kick.
For all of the other ingredients in this salad, I just threw in what I had that fit the southwestern feel I wanted. That is what is great about big salads, you can add in or take out anything that suits your fancy.
Want a little more spice? Substitute pepper jack cheese for the cheddar.
Want a touch more sweetness? Add some corn.
Want a little more crunch? Add some tortilla chips.
Don’t like avocado? You crazy person.
I kid, I kid. But you get my point, big salads are versatile, filling and scrumptious, especially this one :)
Jack SmithJune 26, 2018 at 8:07 pm
I made this, it was so goooood!
DesereeJune 27, 2018 at 12:45 pm
That is wonderful to hear Jack!
JarenJanuary 13, 2015 at 6:59 am
Your salad looks so wonderful! I love big filling salads like this!
Tonia@thegunnysackJanuary 12, 2015 at 6:36 am
I love love cilantro and lime too! I go in phases with salads. Sometimes I have a couple a day and other times one a couple a month. I can’t wait to try this one!
Christine from Cook the StoryJanuary 12, 2015 at 6:21 am
This salad sounds like it needs to be on my lunch menu sometime this week!
JocelynJanuary 12, 2015 at 6:15 am
Chipotle and lime is such a great combo! We have been eating lots of salad here too, and this one needs to go on the rotation for sure. It looks gorgeous and so good!!!
Melanie | Melanie MakesJanuary 12, 2015 at 6:10 am
It’s only 9a but I could totally go for this salad right now!
Heather // girlichef.comJanuary 12, 2015 at 5:33 am
Big Ol’ Salad’s are my favorite kind of salads – meal salads! This sounds amazingly delicious, I’m adding it to my menu for this week.
Nutmeg NannyJanuary 12, 2015 at 5:18 am
I totally get the “big ol’ salad” craving. I have been there a lot lately and this salad looks like it needs to make the list!