ingredients.

Grilled Chicken Taco Salad:

  • (1) lb chicken breast, grilled and chopped
  • (5) oz baby spinach
  • (1) bell pepper, chopped
  • (1) avocado, diced
  • (1) cup tomatoes, diced
  • (1) cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • (1) cup tortilla strips (homemade, recipe follows; or store-bought)
  • (2) limes, juiced
  • (3) garlic cloves, minced
  • (¼) cup extra virgin olive oil
  • salt & pepper
  • cilantro vinaigrette (recipe follows)

Tortilla Strips:

  • (4) tortillas
  • (1-2) cups vegetable oil
  • salt

Cilantro Vinaigrette:

  • (1) lime, juiced
  • (1) tbsp white wine vinegar
  • (1) tbsp dijon mustard
  • (¾) bunch of cilantro, chopped
  • (½) cup extra virgin olive oil
  • salt & pepper, to taste

directions.

Grilled Chicken Taco Salad:

  1. Combine the lime juice, minced garlic, extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper into a small bowl or resealable plastic bag
  2. Whisk until well combined and add chicken breast to marinade
  3. Place in refrigerator for 20-30 minutes
  4. While chicken marinades, add spinach, bell pepper, avocado, tomatoes and cheddar cheese into a large bowl and toss — set aside
  5. Grill chicken over medium-high heat for about 4 minutes per side until browned and internal temperature reaches 165ºF
  6. Chop grilled chicken and toss in prepped salad
  7. Add cilantro vinaigrette and toss well before serving
  8. Top with tortilla strips and a dollop of sour cream or some salsa

Tortilla Strips:

  1. Heat vegetable oil over high heat
  2. When oil is heated thoroughly add tortilla strips in batches to the oil and fry until browned (about 2-3 minutes)
  3. Drain each batch over paper towels and sprinkle with salt
  4. Store in air tight container and add to your favorite salads and soups

Cilantro Vinaigrette:

  1. In a food processor or blender, add all vinaigrette ingredients
  2. Process/ blend for 1-2 minutes until thoroughly emulsified
  3. Add salt and pepper to taste and pulse vinaigrette a few more times
  4. Use to dress your favorite salads or store in refrigerator for up to a week

Grilled Chicken Taco Salad