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Southwest Crunch Chicken Salad

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.
  • Makes
    13 servings (1 cup each)


  • 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 zest
  • 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


  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 286 calories, 12g fat (3g saturated fat), 95mg cholesterol, 653mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 3g fiber), 33g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 4 lean meat, 1-1/2 fat, 1 starch.

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  • juicyfruit007
    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!!!

  • dsljll2003
    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!

  • kgalloway2
    Apr 15, 2013

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

  • oncein
    Feb 16, 2013

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

  • LynnRoseT
    May 30, 2011

    OMGosh this is out of this world!

  • sumallory
    May 29, 2011

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  • suezmike
    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.

  • luvbprincess
    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.

  • cmjohnsonmail
    Jun 16, 2009

    This recipe was a winner in our house. Brava!

  • cheriwinkle
    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'!