Recipes - Layered Chicken Taco Salad

Layered Chicken Taco Salad


We like to make these colorful salads in individual glass jars, but you can just as easily make a single large salad to take to a party. 

If you want to make it more Paleo-friendly, replace the tortillas, corn and beans with extra veggies, such as chopped bell peppers, cucumber and zucchini.

Serves 4

Ingredients

For the Dressing:

  • 1 cup cilantro leaves
  • 1 garlic clove, coarsely chopped
  • ¼ cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ cup olive oil

For the Salad:

  • 2 corn tortillas
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 ripe tomatoes, cored, seeded and chopped
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and finely chopped
  • ½ small sweet onion, finely chopped
  • 2 ears fresh corn
  • 1 avocado, pitted, peeled and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 romaine heart, chopped (about 3 cups)
  • 1 (8-ounce) package Applegate Natural Grilled Chicken Breast Strips or Natural Fajita Style Chicken Breast Strips, chopped
  • 1 cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 4 radishes, chopped
  • ¼ cup toasted pumpkin seeds
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Directions

For the Dressing:

  1. Combine the cilantro, garlic, lime juice, cumin, ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper in a blender.
  2. Blend until the cilantro is coarsely chopped. Add the olive oil and blend until smooth. 
  3. Taste and adjust the seasonings. Set aside.

For the Salad:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Brush both sides of the tortillas with olive oil then cut into bite-sized wedges or strips. Arrange the tortilla pieces in a single layer on a small baking sheet and sprinkle lightly with salt. 
  2. Bake, stirring once, until golden and toasted, 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside.
  3. Meanwhile, gently combine the tomatoes, jalapeño and onion in a small bowl and season with ¼ teaspoon salt. Set aside.
  4. Put the corn in a skillet with 1 inch water and cover. Heat over moderately high heat, bring to a boil and cook until corn is just tender, about 5 minutes. Remove from the skillet. When cool enough to handle, cut the kernels from the ears and set aside.
  5. Gently combine the avocado and lime juice in a small bowl.
  6. To assemble the salads, set up 4 clean pint jars on your work surface (or 1 large salad bowl). Divide the romaine between the jars, then top each with an equal layer of chicken, black beans, corn, the tomato mixture, avocado and radishes. Top the salads with a handful of toasted tortillas and 1 tablespoon pumpkin seeds.
  7. Before serving, spoon 2 to 3 tablespoons dressing over each salad and shake or toss to combine. Serve at once.

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