Layered Southwestern Chicken Salad Recipe

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This beautiful salad is pretty enough to be a centerpiece, and it comes together in a snap. But don't tell your guests, they'll think you spent hours on it!—Marci Dietrich of Fairfax Station, Virginia
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 package (10 ounces) hearts of romaine salad mix
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 small red onion, chopped
  • 2 packages (6 ounces each) ready-to-use Southwestern chicken strips
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Mexican cheese blend
  • 1 can (11 ounces) Mexicorn, drained
  • 1 can (6 ounces) sliced ripe olives, drained
  • 2 cups coarsely crushed tortilla chips
  • Additional fresh cilantro leaves

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cups: 511 calories, 32g fat (11g saturated fat), 63mg cholesterol, 1127mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 6g fiber), 22g protein.


  1. For dressing, in a blender, combine the first six ingredients; cover and process until smooth. While processing, gradually add oil in a steady stream. Transfer to a small bowl; cover and refrigerate until serving.
  2. In a 4-qt. glass salad bowl, layer the remaining ingredients in the order listed. Serve with dressing. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Layered Southwestern Chicken Salad in Simple & Delicious May/June 2008, p55

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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khinson User ID: 2376320 172263
Reviewed Mar. 15, 2011

"This is one of the most amazing recipes I've ever made. The dressing totally makes it. People rave about it everywhere I take it. I've already made it several times and will continue. Delicious."

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