BBQ Chopped Chicken Salad

This BBQ Chicken Chopped Salad is full of black beans, corn, tomato, avocado, and grilled chicken. It’s tossed in a tangy cilantro-lime dressing and drizzled with BBQ sauce. Shredded cheese and crumbled tortilla chips are a perfect finishing touch!

BBQ Chopped Chicken Salad with Cilantro-Lime Dressing | Kristine's Kitchen

Hi, Friends! I hope you enjoyed the 4th of July weekend! We did some swimming, some relaxing, and lots of visiting with family. Now it’s time to gear up for another week…

One thing that helps me feel prepared heading into the week is a menu plan. I always plan my meals on the weekend, do the grocery shopping, and then there’s (usually) never the question of what’s for dinner.

BBQ Chopped Chicken Salad with Cilantro-Lime Dressing | Kristine's Kitchen

This BBQ Chopped Chicken Salad is the perfect thing to put on your meal plan this week. It’s just the right balance between being light enough for a hot summer day – it is a salad after all – while also being filling enough to keep you from immediately reaching for cookies after dinner. And, you won’t have to turn on your oven and heat up your house, which we all know is so important when the temperatures are rising!

BBQ Chopped Chicken Salad with Cilantro-Lime Dressing | Kristine's Kitchen

I made this salad with crisp romaine lettuce because I love the crunch. This BBQ Chopped Chicken Salad is definitely not lacking in the topping department. Besides the spiced, grilled chicken, I’ve added black beans, corn, tomatoes, red onion, avocado, and more.

A cilantro-lime vinaigrette, made with a little Greek yogurt and honey, is the perfect dressing for it all. And the finishing touches? A drizzle of BBQ sauce, and a sprinkling of shredded cheese and crushed tortilla chips. It’s salad perfection!

I made this BBQ Chicken Salad a couple of times while testing the recipe, and Brad and I didn’t mind taste-testing at all. For the kids, we served a deconstructed salad and they were happy little eaters as well. I thought it would be fun to take a photo of their plates, too. :)

BBQ Chopped Chicken Salad with Cilantro-Lime Dressing | Kristine's KitchenBBQ Chopped Chicken Salad with Cilantro-Lime Dressing | Kristine's Kitchen

BBQ Chopped Chicken Salad
Recipe type: Main Dish
Serves: 4
 
This BBQ Chicken Chopped Salad is full of black beans, corn, tomato, avocado, and grilled chicken. It's tossed in a tangy cilantro-lime dressing and drizzled with BBQ sauce. Shredded cheese and crumbled tortilla chips are a perfect finishing touch!
Ingredients
For the chicken:
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder
  • ½ tsp. onion powder
  • scant ¼ tsp. Kosher salt
  • scant ⅛ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
For the cilantro-lime dressing:
  • ½ cup cilantro
  • 3 tbsp. lime juice
  • 2 tbsp. Greek yogurt
  • 1 ½-2 tbsp. honey, to taste
  • 1 tbsp. white wine vinegar
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • Salt & pepper, to taste
For the salads:
  • 8 cups romaine lettuce, washed & chopped
  • 1 cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup canned corn, drained
  • 1 large tomato, chopped
  • ½ small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 avocado, pitted and cubed
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar or colby jack cheese
  • Crumbled tortilla chips, optional
  • BBQ sauce, for drizzling
Directions
Grill the chicken:
  1. In a small bowl, combine chili powder, garlic, onion powder, salt, and pepper. Rub over both sides of chicken breasts. Heat grill to medium-high heat. Grill chicken until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F, turning once halfway through. Set chicken on a clean plate to cool and then chop into bite-size pieces.
Make the dressing:
  1. Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor. Pulse until cilantro is finely chopped and everything is well combined. Taste and adjust seasonings.
Assemble the salads:
  1. Place lettuce in a large bowl and toss with about half of the dressing.
  2. Place 2 cups of the lettuce on each plate. Top with black beans, corn, tomato, red onion, avocado, and cheese. Place ¼ of the chicken on top of each salad. Drizzle each salad with a little more of the cilantro-lime dressing. Crumble on a few tortilla chips, if desired, and then drizzle lightly with BBQ sauce. Serve immediately.

 


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Comments

  1. BBQ chicken salads are my all-time favorite! I love how colorful your salad looks, Kristine! And the cilantro-lime dressing sounds like it pairs perfectly with this!

  2. I swam lots this weekend too ;) 4th of July is such a great holiday in more than one way! The flavors going on here, sound PERFECT, Kristine! I need this! I adore salads of all kinds and a BBQ one sounds lovely! Pinned for later!

  3. I love BBQ chicken salad, and this one looks delicious! Such a good summer meal.

  4. What a perfect summer meal! Yum!

  5. My boyfriend would go crazy for this! He may even forgive me for making salad for dinner.

  6. This salad looks PERFECT! I love chopped salads and BBQ and your photos are just stunning! Pinned :)

  7. What a wonderful way to enjoy BBQ chicken! I love making BBQ pizzas but it is simply to warm for that! I can’t wait to try this!

    • Baking pizza sure does heat up the house, doesn’t it! You’re right, this is the perfect way to enjoy the BBQ flavor without the heat!

  8. We love chopped salads! This looks great!

  9. Love this chopped salad Kristine! It looks amazing! The cilantro lime dressing and bbq sauce sound fantastic together!

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