My husband and I ordered and devoured this salad from Applebee's three separate times before we finally asked the waitress for the dressing ingredients. She kindly shared the recipe with us, and now I whip up the hearty main-dish salad with its tangy sauce often. —Pamela Shank, Parkersburg, West Virginia
Copycat Southwest Chicken Salad Recipe photo by Taste of Home
2 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (6 ounces each)
1/4 cup frozen corn
3 cups chopped romaine
1/4 cup chopped sweet red pepper
1/4 cup chopped seeded tomatoes
1/4 cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup tri-color tortilla strips
Place the first 5 ingredients in a jar with a tight-fitting lid; shake well. Refrigerate until serving.
Place chicken on oiled grill rack. Grill, covered, over medium heat or broil 3 in. from heat until a thermometer reads 165°, 5-7 minutes on each side. Let stand 5 minutes before slicing. Meanwhile, prepare corn according to package directions.
Divide romaine between 2 salad bowls. Arrange chicken over romaine; top with corn, red pepper, tomatoes and beans. Sprinkle with cheese and tortilla strips. Shake dressing again; drizzle over salads. Serve immediately.