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Cilantro Lime Mexican Chicken Salad

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Cilantro Lime Mexican Chicken Salad

This month I’ve been trying to post all of my favorite salads! (See some of my others here.)

Next up is this Cilantro Lime Mexican Chicken Salad – the marinade for this Cilantro Lime Chicken is insane. It’s tons of fresh ingredients and spices all blended up then slathered on the chicken to marinate. Then you grill the chicken. Then, you assemble the salad with another delicious creamy and sweet cilantro lime dressing. All the fresh ingredients are like a flavor explosion. You have got to try this Cilantro Lime Mexican Chicken Salad.

Throw the marinade on the chicken the night before or the morning of making this. Then just let it rest in the fridge until you’re ready to grill. While it’s marinating, you can also prep all the other salad ingredients. Honestly any type of Mexican toppings would taste great on this! Add jalapeno for a little more spice – or cheese to make it heavier. I love to eat it with a warm corn tortilla – scooping up the last bits of the salad with a warm tortilla makes it feel like a big salad-y taco 😉

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Cilantro Lime Mexican Chicken Salad


Cilantro Lime Mexican Chicken

  • 4 medium - large chicken breasts
  • 1 large handful fresh cilantro leaves
  • 4 tbsp. minced garlic
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1/2 c. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 tsp. sugar

Creamy Sweet Cilantro Lime Dressing

  • 1/4 c. olive oil
  • 3/4 c. plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 large onion (1/3 of a small onion)
  • 3 tsp. minced garlic
  • juice of 2 limes
  • 2 1/2 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • large handful of fresh cilantro leaves

Salad Ingredients

  • green leaf lettuce, chopped
  • fresh spinach
  • sweet corn
  • chopped grape tomatoes
  • black beans
  • shredded cheese
  • red onions, finely diced
  • sliced avocado
  • limes, for juicing the top of the salad
  • soft tortillas, optional


Cilantro Lime Mexican Chicken

  • Place chicken breasts in a large ziploc bag.
  • Add remaining marinade ingredients into a food processor or blender and puree until smooth.
  • Pour marinade over chicken breasts and marinate in fridge for at least to hours, up to 24 hours.
  • When ready to cook, heat grill or a griddle to medium high heat. Let heat for at least 5 minutes to warm up. Once hot, remove chicken from ziploc bag with tongs and gently place onto grill. 
  • Cook for 5-7 minutes per side, until done, depending on thickness of chicken. 
  • Once cooked, remove from heat and set on a cutting board to rest for 5 minutes before cutting.
  • Once rested, cut chicken into slices and top on salad.

Creamy Sweet Cilantro Lime Dressing

  • Prep the dressing ahead of time so you can chill it. You can make it an hour or two before eating, or make it the day before and chill.
  • Pulse all ingredients in a food processor or blender until well combined. 
  • Pour into an airtight container or squeeze bottle with a lid and chill until ready to serve the salad.

Assembling the Salad

  • Before cooking the chicken I like to chop all the salad ingredients up and set them in bowls. Then I can focus on grilling the chicken and as soon as its done assemble the salad.
  • Layer in the salad ingredients starting with the lettuce, spinach, and tortilla on the bottom Then add the remaining ingredients. This is a great way to use up extra Mexican toppings after a taco night.
  • Drizzle with tons of the Creamy Sweet Cilantro Lime Dressing just before serving. Toss salad, top with a squeeze of fresh lime juice, and enjoy!

This Cilantro Lime Mexican Chicken Salad is a great salad to make the night after having tacos – use up all those extra toppings on your salad. Or do we like we do and make the salads for the adults, and use the ingredients deconstructed to make tacos or burritos for the kids. The Creamy Sweet Cilantro Lime Dressing is my favorite part of this salad. It takes a bit of prep work but you’ll love it.

Please tell me if you try this Cilantro Lime Mexican Chicken Salad! And check out my other salads here. Tag me @plumstreetcollective on Instagram. Thanks for reading!

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  1. 5 stars
    Amazing. Impressed lol my guests with this. Thank you!

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