Bright, beautiful and packed with flavor! This nutritious, one dish dinner idea is a family favorite for busy nights. Southwest Salad combines lots of veggies like avocados, tomatoes, and corn with black beans, chicken and a homemade greek yogurt dressing!
The first time I made this Southwest Chicken Salad, my husband said it was his favorite salad I had ever made! He says it was like a taco salad but without the tortilla bowl. It’s become a favorite at our house now.
I think I used to underestimate salads. But there is just SO much you can do to dress up a salad, change the flavors and add lots of nutrition.
This salad is absolutely loaded with flavor and good-for-you ingredients. It’s high in protein thanks to the chicken and black beans. The avocado and cheese provide healthy sources of fat, and the tomatoes have lots of antioxidants and vitamins.
In addition to all those healthy ingredients, I also make my own salad dressing for this salad. Making homemade salad dressing is so easy, so I try to do it as often as possible to avoid all the extra ingredients they add to store-bought salad dressings.
A phrase you hear a lot when it comes to eating well is to “eat the rainbow.” That means getting lots of different ingredients in your meals, especially lots of colorful fruits and vegetables. This salad definitely counts as eating the rainbow, wouldn’t you say?
How to Serve this Southwest Chicken Salad
This salad is best served cold, so I highly recommend making it a couple hours ahead of time and keeping it in the fridge.