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Southwest Summer Salad Recipe

Southwest Summer Salad

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"I got this wonderful recipe from a friend several years ago. It's a great main dish salad for hot weather. I usually double it for my family so we can eat the leftovers for lunch the next day."

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins

    1 hr 20 mins


  1. Combine rice, chicken, tomato, cilantro, green onions, and avocado together in a bowl.
  2. Whisk canola oil, lime juice, lime zest, garlic, jalapeno pepper, salt, oregano, cumin, and chili powder together in a bowl; pour over rice mixture and toss to coat. Chill in refrigerator, about 1 hour.
  3. Place lettuce in a serving bowl; top with rice mixture.
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Jul 22, 2014

I followed the recipe exact only leaving out the avocado (I am sorry, I just do not like it). I did use BROWN rice and fresh lime juice. This salad was AMAZING. No leftovers, we ate every single bit of this salad.

Nov 17, 2013

Delicious! I cut down on the oil and added black beans and it was still wonderful. Thanks for sharing.


12 Ratings

Jun 04, 2015

Very tasty, good for a light lunch.

Jul 20, 2015

Excellent summertime recipe! Made it following recipe with minor changes. Instead of using plain white rice, I use some leftover Mexican Rice I had on had, which turned out great and gave it even more flavor. Due to personal preference, I cut back the amount of Jalapeno I used to only 1/3 the pepper and the Chili Powder to only 1/4 tsp, which was spicy enough for our palates. I also used half the amount of Cilantro recipe called for as I felt entire amount would've given it too strong of a flavor. Husband loved it and said this recipe's a keeper and I agree with him!

Jul 27, 2015

Tried this recipe this past weekend. I like the recipe because it is very nutritious for you. However, it is a little on the bland side if you make the salad exactly by the recipe. If I make the recipe again, I will add more salt and more lime juice to give it a little more kick.

Jul 22, 2015

Loved this recipe! Added cucumber and peppers to the lettuce mix. The dressing is so delicious.

Jul 22, 2015

OMG, this was fabulous! While grilling dinner the night before, I threw on two chicken breasts too. I also made the rice the night before (brown rice) as well as combining the ingredients for the dressing. In the morning, I put all of the ingredients together (except for the avocado) and poured the dressing on and let it sit all day while I was at work. When I got home, I shredded some lettuce, diced the avocado and dinner was ready! And boy was it delicious - very similar to Chipotle. Leftovers today for lunch and they were just as good. I did add a can of black beans and will probably reduce the amount of oil next time since I don't think it needs that much but other than that, I will make this often! I'm thinking I will make a double batch of this on a Sunday and have delicious lunches for me and my husband during the work week. Excellent and full of flavor!

Jul 20, 2015

My husband and I loved the flavour and will definitely add it our regular meals. Kids, not so much. They found the cilantro taste too strong so I will try cutting back in that next time. Overall it is a delicious healthy dinner.


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  • Calories
  • 509 kcal
  • 25%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 39.5 g
  • 13%
  • Cholesterol
  • 53 mg
  • 18%
  • Fat
  • 29.1 g
  • 45%
  • Fiber
  • 7.9 g
  • 32%
  • Protein
  • 25.6 g
  • 51%
  • Sodium
  • 662 mg
  • 26%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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