Southwestern Salad with Chipotle Ranch Dressing

Southwestern Chicken Salad 1

Southwestern Chicken Salad 2

Southwestern Chicken Salad 3


It’s not often that I eat salads for dinner.  They’re good and all, but they usually just don’t fill me (or my husband) up.  This salad is definitely worthy of being a main dish, though.  It was not only filling but also REALLY good!

My favorite part of this dish was the chipotle ranch dressing.  It was SO easy to make and is actually low cal!  Typically I smother salads in Ranch dressing, meaning whatever healthiness I was trying to achieve by eating a salad goes out the window.  Ranch has like 14 g of fat per 2 tablespoons, so yeah, it’s really unhealthy.  However, this dressing is made with greek yogurt and light mayo, AND it was really good!  I mean, usually I don’t like any dressing other than Hidden Valley Ranch, but this stuff was GOOD.

I loved having the tortilla chips in the salad.  They were like Mexican croutons.  The chicken and the veggies all loaded up in this thing really make it fill you up.  We LOVED it.  You could also easily leave out the chicken to make it vegetarian-friendly.  My one complaint is that it doesn’t really do well as leftovers.  I wanted to eat it for lunch but it was all soggy and wilted.  Guess that’s salad for ya.

Southwestern Salad with Chipotle Ranch Dressing

Yields: 4 servings

Southwestern Salad with Chipotle Ranch Dressing

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cooked, shredded chicken
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed
  • 1 can sweet yellow corn (or 1 cup frozen corn, thawed)
  • 2 roma tomatoes, diced
  • 4 green onions, sliced
  • 1 head ice berg lettuce, washed and chopped
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 2 ripe avocados, diced
  • 1 cup crushed tortilla chips

Directions

  1. 1/2 cup light mayonnaise
  2. 2/3 cup Greek yogurt
  3. 1 tbsp ranch seasoning
  4. 1 tbsp taco seasoning
  5. Directions:
  6. In a large bowl, combine all salad ingredients together, except the tortilla chips.
  7. In a small bowl stir all dressing ingredients together.  Pour dressing over salad.  Toss to combine, then gradually add more dressing until it is dressed to your liking.  Top with tortilla chips.
http://normalcooking.com/2012/12/05/southwestern-salad-with-chipotle-ranch-dressing/

Source:  Greens N Chocolate

 

4 thoughts on “Southwestern Salad with Chipotle Ranch Dressing

  1. I’ve been searching for an authentic ‘Chipotle ranch dressing’ recipe. Sorry, but putting a pack of taco seasoning in a container of ranch dressing DOES NOT MAKE CHIPOTLE RANCH DRESSING.

    • lindsayballen 11 September, 2013 at 11:22 am - Reply Author

      Sorry this isn’t “authentic” enough for you. But this blog is about quick, simple, family-friendly recipes. And in the Normal Cooking world, taco seasoning and ranch dressing is a fine substitute for the “authentic” kind.

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