If you follow me on Facebook, chances are you’ve seen me post looooooots of salad recipes lately. I can’t help myself. Right around spring and summer, new salads come out and they all look so delicious. Today’s Santa Fe Chicken Salad is no different – tasty, simple, refreshing and delicious!
One of the things I love about salads is that they are super easy to put together. You add a little bit of thing and a little bit of that and call it good. For Santa Fe Chicken Salad, here is what you need:
Those little white cubes? Jicama. I had no idea what jicama was or that it even existed until my Mom became obsessed with it years ago. It adds crunch to anything. There isn’t much flavor but if you like crunch, jicama is your friend.
I kinda feel like salad dressing is the star of most salads. You can greatly change the flavor by what you pour on top. Marzetti ® has some new Simply Dressed Salad Dressings ® that are the bomb! (is that word still used? Either way you know what I mean if I say something is the bomb!) They are so so so so so so so good and add to the freshness of all types of salads. I can use them on anything because they are made with simple ingredients. For this recipe I used the ranch dressing but I have ideas for all of the others pictured here.
The recipe itself is pretty self explanatory —
Santa Fe Chicken Salad
- 4 chicken breasts cooked then sliced
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 head romaine lettuce chopped small
- 15 oz black beans drained and rinsed
- 15.25 oz whole kernel corn (corn on the cob can be used too!)
- 1 tomato chopped
- 1 avocado diced
- ½ cucumber diced
- ½ c red onion chopped
- ¼ c jack cheese
- ¼ c cheddar cheese
- ¼ small jicama diced
- crushed tortilla chips
- Ranch dressing
- In a skillet, heat the oil.
- Add chicken and sprinkle generously with lemon-pepper.
- Cook each side about 7 minutes or until done. Remove from pan to cool.
- Slice the chicken.
- Prepare all ingredients and toss the salad.
- Don’t add the salad dressing until ready to serve.
I, like my Mom, like the crunch. Adding tortilla chips gives it the perfect crunch. You could make your own if you have the time but I just used store brought this time.
Mmmmm that dressing. Perfection. I’m kind of a ranch snob. I like it to be thick and ranchy. This one fits the bill for sure.
If you are feeling extra sassy, you can add a bit of fresh deli salsa to the dressing. It gives it a little kick.
Just for fun, I get to give away a $50 Visa Gift Card. You can use it to buy that ranch dressing or to get some new lip gloss – it’s your call!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Marzetti. The opinions and text are all mine.