Southwest-Style Salad with Pickled Jalapeno Dressing

This chopped salad is full of so many tasty ingredients, you might not even believe it's really a salad! Spicy chicken, avocado, and red cabbage are just a few of the yummy ingredients.

Southwest-Style Salad with Pickled Jalapeño Dressing
Photo: Brie Passano
Cook Time:
8 mins
Hands On Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
38 mins
6 cups cabbage mixture + 14 oz. chicken


  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin

  • teaspoon garlic powder

  • teaspoon chili powder

  • 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast halves

  • 2 teaspoon olive oil

  • 5 tablespoon olive oil

  • 3 tablespoon lime juice

  • 2 tablespoon finely chopped sliced pickled jalapeño pepper

  • 3 cup shredded red cabbage

  • 3 cup chopped romaine and/or fresh baby spinach

  • 1 cup frozen whole kernel corn, thawed

  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved

  • 1 avocado, halved, seeded, peeled, and cubed

  • 1 ½ cup tortilla chips, coarsely broken


  1. In a small bowl stir together 1/4 tsp. of the salt, the cumin, garlic powder, and chili powder. Sprinkle both sides of chicken with spice mixture. In a 10-inch skillet heat the 2 tsp. oil over medium heat. Add chicken; cook 8 to 12 minutes or until done (165°F), turning once. Cool slightly. Slice chicken or shred using two forks.

  2. Meanwhile, for dressing, in a small blender or food processor combine 5 Tbsp. oil, lime juice, pickled jalapeño peppers, and remaining 1/4 tsp. salt. Cover and blend or process until smooth.

  3. In a large bowl combine cabbage, romaine, corn, tomatoes, and avocado. Add dressing; toss to coat. Top with shredded chicken and broken tortilla chips.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

514 Calories
31g Fat
32g Carbs
30g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 514
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 31g 40%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 83mg 28%
Sodium 473mg 21%
Total Carbohydrate 32g 12%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 30g
Vitamin C 51.5mg 258%
Calcium 81mg 6%
Iron 2.6mg 14%
Potassium 877mg 19%
Folate, total 111.7mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.2mcg
Vitamin B-6 1.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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