Mexican Chicken Chop Salad


Mexican Chop SaladInspiration can come from anywhere. On a recent trip to our West Seattle Trader Joe’s, I discovered an incredibly delicious reduced-fat Cilantro Dressing in the refrigerator section. Just one taste of this creamy, garlicky, cilantro-filled sauce had me thinking about a Mexican Chop Salad.

So here it is. My version of a Mexican Chop Salad. Nutritious, delicious, and easy to make. Try this out for a busy weeknight dinner. You won’t be disappointed.

If you don’t have a Trader Joe’s nearby, use your favorite homemade or bottled ranch dressing. Just stir a generous handful of chopped cilantro and a little fresh garlic into the dressing before tossing the salad.


Mexican Chicken Chop Salad
Recipe Type: Salad, Entree
Cuisine: Mexican Inspired
Author: A Passionate Plate
Serves: 3-4
This recipe makes enough for 4 entree salads. If you are not serving 4, just combine and dress what you need. Save the undressed leftovers for another meal!
  • 2 grilled boneless skinless chicken breasts, 1/2″ dice
  • 1 head romaine lettuce, washed and chopped – 1/2″ dice
  • 3/4 cup canned garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3/4 cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3/4 cup fresh corn cut from a cob OR frozen corn, thawed
  • 1 small orange or yellow bell pepper, cut into 1/2″ dice
  • 1 ripe avacado, cut into 1/2″ dice
  • 12 cherry tomatoes, washed and halved
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion, 1/2″ dice
  • 4 radishes, thinly sliced
  • 3 oz. Cajeta cheese OR Feta cheese, crumbled
  • Trader Joe’s Reduced Fat Cilantro Dressing OR any bottled ranch dressing
  • Handful of fresh cilantro leaves
  • Toasted Pepita seeds for garnishing
  1. Combine chicken, lettuce, beans, corn, bell pepper, tomato, red onion, avocado, cheese, radishes and chopped cilantro in a large bowl.
  2. Toss with dressing to lightly coat.
  3. Portion salad on individual plates and garnish with pepitas if desired.



  1. Jeannie B says:

    This is an awesome and very hearty salad. I am starving so I filled a big bowl of it, but can’t even finish half…. Great nutrient dense foods! I added garlic and cilantro to some range dressing but it seemed to thick so I mixed in some milk too and it was perfect! Yum!

  2. Colleen Stromatt says:

    I’m going to make this is a veggie version tonight for meatless Monday!

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