This Cilantro Lime Chicken Taco Salad is flavor/texture heaven!
This Cilantro Lime Chicken Taco Salad is bursting with tender, juicy chicken, all your favorite fiestalicious salad fixings including crunchy, salty tortilla chips and the zesty, sweet and the tangy Creamy Baja Catalina Dressing is out of this world delicious! You won’t be able to stop munching this Cilantro Lime Chicken Taco Salad!
Did you guys grow up dousing your homemade Taco Salads with Catalina Dressing?? This seems to be a popular, beloved combo that I never knew existed before the world of Pinterest and Facebook. But seeing as the ground beef taco salad with Catalina Dressing has been done again and again, I thought I’d bring you an elevated Chicken Taco Salad version that is drop-your-jaw deeeeelicious. As in your jaw will drop in shock at just how good this salad is and it will drop to continuously shovel as much salad into your mouth as humanly possible.
The Best Chicken for Chicken Taco Salad
A CHICKEN Taco Salad is only as good as the chicken so I’ve created a spin off my favorite Cilantro Lime Shrimp Tacos to create this star Cilantro Lime Chicken recipe. This Cilantro Lime Chicken is wonderfully juicy, tangy and garlicky but not over-the-top flavorful, so it’s ready to get doused in our homemade intoxicatingly delicious Creamy Baja Catalina Dressing. Both the Cilantro Lime Chicken and the Catalina Dressing can be made and refrigerated ahead of time, and all the fixings can be chopped so this Chicken Taco Salad can come together in a flash when you are ready to chow down.
The Best Dressing for Chicken Taco Salad
What makes this zesty Catalina Dressing “Baja” style is the addition of one tablespoon of our reserved Catalina marinade which boasts cilantro, lime, garlic, chili powder, ground cumin, smoked paprika, etc. By reserving one tablespoon for our dressing, we are doubling the flavor without doubling the work.
The creamy aspect comes from whisking in both mayonnaise and sour cream to our Catalina Dressing. I love this creamilicoius twist but if you prefer more of a vinaigrette then feel free to replace the mayo/sour cream with canola oil. The dressing is super quick to whip up and the sweetness is a wonderful complement to the lime punch of the chicken, but just be aware that people seem to have a wide range of opinions as to how sweet Catalina Dressing should be, so you probably want to start with less sugar and add more to taste.
The cravilicious Cilantro Lime Chicken and creamilicoius Baja Catalina Dressing are supported by an encore cast of crunchy lettuce, crisp red bell peppers, sweet fresh corn, creamy avocado, hearty black beans, cheesy cheese and the best part – crunchy, salty tortilla chips! Give them a toss to create the perfect compliment of textures and flavors in every Chicken Taco Salad bite! And then let your jaw drop…
Looking for more Chicken Salad Recipes?
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- Teriyaki Chicken Salad with Pineapple Sesame Dressing
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- Greek Chicken Salad with Tzatziki Dressing and Pita Croutons
- Chipotle Chicken Salad with Honey Lime Mango Dressing
- Garden Caesar Salad with Lemon Basil Chicken
- Southwest Pepper Jack Salad with Chile Lime Chicken
- Chinese Chicken Salad Wraps
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