Healthy Southwest Chicken Salad Recipe

This salad is the perfect dish to meal prep ahead of the week and enjoy all week long. I love love love the way the chicken is spiced in combination with a VEGAN (yes, vegan) ranch dressing.

This recipe is:

  • grain free
  • gluten free
  • dairy free
  • vegan / vegetarian if you sub the chicken for lentils / chickpeas
  • candida friendly
  • whole30 friendly

Prep Time:

20

Cook Time:

30

Total Time:

40

Serves:

6

Ingredients

For The Salad:

  • 6 small/medium chicken breasts
  • 1.5 tsp cumin
  • 1.5 tsp chili powder
  • 1.5 tsp paprika
  • 1.5 tsp garlic powder
  • 0.5 tsp cayenne (optional if you like some heat)
  • 0.5 tsp sea salt & pepper
  • 1 head romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 2 cups black beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes
  • 1 yellow + 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 green onion
  • 1 cup dressing -- see below

Dressing (from That Clean Life):

  • 1 cup cashews
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 TBSP nutritional yeast
  • 3/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 TBSP unpasteurized apple cider vinegar
  • 3 TBSP tahini
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 cup parsley (finely chopped)
  • 1/4 cup chives (finely chopped)

Directions

For the salad:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F and mix together the spices in a small bowl (cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, paprika, cayenne, salt and pepper).
  2. Season the chicken on both sides and bake it on a parchment lined baking sheet for 30 minutes.
  3. Make the dressing -- see below.
  4. Chop all the vegetables, add the cooked chicken and top with the ranch dressing.
  5. I recommend only dressing what you're going to eat at that time.

For the dressing:

  1. In a high speed blender, combine everything except the parsley and chives.
  2. Blend until smooth and creamy and place in a jar.
  3. Stir in the parsley and chives until well distributed. Cover and store in the fridge until ready to use.

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