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Southwest Crunch Chicken Salad Recipe

Southwest Crunch Chicken Salad Recipe

It's hard to believe that this delightful mayonnaise-based chicken salad with cashews and turkey bacon only contains 3 g saturated fat and less than 100 mg cholesterol per serving! Sally Sibthorpe - Shelby Township, MI
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min. YIELD:13 servings


  • 1-1/3 cups fat-free mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup minced fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1-3/4 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 3/4 teaspoon grated orange peel
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 9 cups cubed cooked chicken breast
  • 1-3/4 cups julienned peeled jicama
  • 1-3/4 cups chopped celery
  • 1-3/4 cups chopped sweet red peppers
  • 1 cup chopped cashews
  • 1/2 pound turkey bacon strips, diced and cooked


  • 1. In a small bowl, combine the first eight ingredients. In a large bowl, combine the remaining ingredients. Add mayonnaise mixture; toss to coat. Chill until serving. Yield: 13 servings (1 cup each).

Nutritional Facts

1 cup equals 286 calories, 12 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 95 mg cholesterol, 653 mg sodium, 11 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 33 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 4 lean meat, 1-1/2 fat, 1 starch.

Reviews for Southwest Crunch Chicken Salad

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Reviewed Mar. 13, 2016

"Yummy. We enjoyed this. Ended up with a bit too much celery and jicama, but that was probably because I didn't follow the recipe proportions exactly. This was my first time ever making chicken salad and I will make it again. Even the kids ate it!!!"

Reviewed Mar. 2, 2015

"This is one of the best chicken salads ever! All the different flavors are a treat for your taste buds! I used mesquite marinated grilled chicken and added onions. For those who don't have jicama nearby, I think slivered green apple would probably work too. Thank you for this terrific recipe that will be used over and over at our home!"

Reviewed Apr. 15, 2013

"oncein, Jicama is a Mexican root vegetable. A cross between a turnip, apple and potato."

Reviewed Feb. 16, 2013

"Sounds very good. What is jicama? never heard of this unless it has another name. Help please."

Reviewed May. 30, 2011

"OMGosh this is out of this world!"

Reviewed May. 27, 2011

"You would be better off using regular bacon instead of the turkey bacon. Turkey bacon has a MUCH higher salt content than regular bacon."

Reviewed Jan. 16, 2011

"Everyone at the party loved its. Its even good without the bacon. I forgot to make the bacon and remembered it as I was walking out the door. But is was still good without it."

Reviewed Jun. 16, 2009

"This recipe was a winner in our house. Brava!"

Reviewed Jun. 5, 2009

"Delicious!! The taste is absolutely intriguing-with citrus notes, then the cumin and cilantro, plus delightful texture and crunch! This goes on my list of 'serve it regularly'!"

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Wine Pairings

Light-Bodied White Wine

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