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Quick Southwest Chicken Salad

Quick Southwest Chicken Salad

  • Author: Alyssa
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings


Whip up this Quick Southwest Chicken Salad in just 10 minutes! It’s the perfect combination of flavor and health for your next lunch. Try it today and keep your meals fresh and exciting!


  • Shredded chicken (1 lb): Serves as the protein base.
  • Black beans (1 can, 15.5 oz, rinsed and drained): Add protein and fiber.
  • Corn (1 can, 15.25 oz, drained): Provides sweetness and texture.
  • Jalapeños (1-2, fresh, seeded, chopped): Infuse a mild spice.
  • Pepitas (¼ cup): Offer a crunchy texture.
  • Cherry tomatoes (¾ cup, quartered): Give a burst of freshness.
  • Red onion (½ cup, chopped): Adds sharpness and depth.
  • Dressing: Combines mayo (¾ cup), fresh lime juice (¼ cup), chili powder (1 tbsp), garlic powder (1 tsp), cumin (1 tsp), paprika (¼ tsp), and salt (¼ tsp) to dress the salad with vibrant flavors.


  1. Prepare the Dressing: In a medium bowl, mix mayo, lime juice, chili powder, garlic powder, cumin, paprika, and salt until well combined.
  2. Combine the Salad Ingredients: In a large bowl, add the shredded chicken, black beans, corn, jalapeños, cherry tomatoes, red onion, and pepitas.
  3. Mix and Serve: Pour the dressing over the salad ingredients and stir until everything is evenly coated. Serve your Southwest Chicken Salad on its own, in a sandwich, or over a bed of lettuce.


  • Customize your chicken salad by adding diced avocado or a sprinkle of cheese like feta or cotija for extra creaminess and flavor.
  • For a healthier dressing option, substitute half of the mayo with plain Greek yogurt.
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: No-cook
  • Cuisine: American