Saturday, April 29, 2017

Southwestern Chicken Layered Salad with Cilantro Dressing #SundaySupper

Southwestern Chicken Layered Salad with Cilantro Dressing
Cinco De Mayo marks the victory of Mexico over France at the battle of Puebla. It's always is a big celebration here in the southwest and this Chicken Layered salad with cilantro dressing is a great way to celebrate. When living in Arizona we are fortunate enough to have so many options for Mexican food at our fingertips. The restaurants and food trucks sport different styles and ingredients depending on the specific regions that they originate from. Even though I love all kinds of Mexican food sometimes it’s nice to lighten a meal with some of the ingredients composed in a salad.

Today’s recipe is all about the colorful layers of flavors that make up this southwestern chicken layered salad. Shredded chicken is the base of this dish so to get the full eating experience you have to dig down through all the fresh romaine, tomatoes, peppers, avocados, beans, cheese and corn strips to get to it. The cilantro salad dressing brings the canopy of flavors together to create one harmonic and delicious dish. A complete and satisfying meal to share with your family and friends.

This week the host of the #SundaySupper Movement group is Shelby of Grumpy’s Honeybunch, thank you Shelby! Today we are sharing are favorite easy Cinco de mayo food and recipes.

yield: 6 to 8print recipe

Southwestern Chicken Layered Salad with Cilantro Dressing

Enjoy all the fresh flavors of this Southwestern inspired salad with cilantro dressing.

INGREDIENTS:

For the Salad
  • 2 cups shredded chicken (I used rotisserie chicken, breasts only)
  • 1 14.5 ounce can black beans
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • 2 cups petit corn, (I used frozen)
  • 1 medium head romaine, washed and cut into ribbons
  • 1 large red bell pepper, cut into thin strips
  • 1 cup Jack cheese, shredded
  • 1 large avocados, slice or cube
  • 1 cup Tortilla chips/strips (see below)
For the Dressing
  • 1 cup cilantro, washed, stems removed
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Water, to thin (if needed)

INSTRUCTIONS:

For the Salad
  1. In a large serving bowl add chicken, press down, then add the rest of the ingredients one by one, I built up the sides and left a small whole in the middle for the romaine and then place and arrange ingredients on top.
  2. For the tortilla strips, cut 4 corn tortillas into thin slices. In a hot skillet add canola or veggie oil add fry strips until lightly browned on both sides, do not crowd skillet. If using tortilla chips, lightly crush and place on top.
For the Dressing
  1. To make dressing purée all ingredients in a food processor until smooth. If the dressing is too thick, add in water a teaspoonful at a time with the blender running until you have the consistency that you want. Taste and add more salt if necessary.
  2. Serve salad with dressing on the side. Enjoy!
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49 comments:

  1. Such a beautiful and delicious layered salad! Cinco De Mayo is not a festival we know of over here, but a good salad like this is always welcome!

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    1. Thanks Angie, I love Mexican food but sometimes it can be quite heavy. This way I can still eat some cheese and extras without feeling too guilty.

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  2. So simple ingredients; so beautiful result ! Thank you so much for sharing this idea with us !

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  3. This sounds great - and it would be awesome for lunch the next day.

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    1. Thats exactly what we did Laura, take care!

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  4. Nice one Cheri. I love layered salads and anything with a cilantro dressing is a winner in my book!

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  5. Your salad is a gorgeous way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo! I imagine you do have fabulous options for Mexican food in Arizona. However, looks like with your cooking skills, you probably don't have to go out much =)

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    1. Oh you are so sweet Kim, Mexican food is hard for me to prepare because my stomach really rebels with too much spice, even though I love spicy food.

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  6. I love all these components that are perfect in a salad and especially want to try that dressing! I am a cilantro lover and could put it on everything. Thanks for sharing! This is a beautiful, and no doubt delicious, way to celebrate :)

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    1. Thanks Tricia, yay! another cilantro lover, one of my favorite herbs.

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  7. This is the perfect summer meal and I love that dressing recipe!

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  8. Cheri, what a terrific salad! It's beautiful served in layers and the dressing looks amazing!

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    1. Thanks Liz, I make this salad a couple times a year, a little different each time.

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  9. I love a salad like this especially with that wonderful cilantro dressing.

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    1. Thanks Gerlinde, hope you are having a wonderful time on your trip.

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  10. My stomach is now complaining for food. We didn't eat a huge supper last night and it's now breakfast time. Great salad and as we are having summer weather here still that will be perfect for a weeknight meal.

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    1. Thanks Tandy, it was very warm in Phoenix when we left but now that we are in Oregon I am freezing.

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  11. Looks wonderful, Cheri. I haven't done a layered salad in a long time. 'can't wait to try this one!
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    1. Thanks D, we enjoy salads and I have one for almost any occasion.

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  12. What a fabulous looking salad. Thanks for sharing this one.

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  13. To me, Mexican food is always so fun, festive, and vibrant. This layered salad is the perfect meal. So colorful and so much texture. I haven't made a layered salad and it's something I need to do!

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    1. Thanks Monica, my pictures did not turn out so well, hard to capture each layer.

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  14. What a pretty salad. That dressing sounds devine.

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    1. Thanks Eileen, I've made it with avocado too and it is delicious!

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    2. This is gorgeous and I adore your cilantro dressing. Any chicken salad is amazing but your layered version is exquisite. Happy Cinco De Mayo and may we always eat this well 8)

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    3. Thanks Merryn, Happy Cinco de Mayo!

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  15. Dear Cheri, although we do not celebrate Cinco de Mayo around here - I do love reading about the ferstivities and the many wonderful Mexican recipes and traditions. Your layered salad looks fabulous - perfect for a celebration!

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    1. Thanks Andrea, this salad is not traditional in any way but it is delicious.

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  16. What a great recipe, Cheri! And it makes such a lovely presentation too. Definitely going to try this. Love the dressing!

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    1. Thanks Barbara, my pics didn't turn out as well as I wanted. The dressing can be made with avocado too;)

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  17. Yes please. Yes please and more YES please!!!

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  18. Delicious looking salad Cheri...like the beans in it and the cilantro dressing looks awesome! Thanks for the recipe...
    Enjoy your week :)

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    1. Thanks Juliana, the dressing is good on other veggies too.

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  19. What a delightful combination of ingredients, Cheri! This could be an al fresco favorite this summer!

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    1. Thanks Susan, summer is almost here. Can't wait.

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  20. Layered salads are a MUST for summer parties! Love this one

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  21. Thanks Sarah, appreciate you stopping by.

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  22. I love those layers. So beautiful! That dressing sounds perfect.

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    1. Thanks Tara, the dressing is so good with other veggies too.

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  23. So colorful! I need to make that dressing, Cheri - it sounds amazing!

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    1. Thanks David, we really like cilantro and it is good on so many other foods and veggies.

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  24. This is a salad I would love!! With all the cilantro we raise in the garden, I can't believe I have never tried a cilantro dressing before. Trying this!

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