Cilantro Lime Chicken Taco Salad with Creamy Baja Catalina Dressing
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Serves: 6 servings
Cilantro Lime Chicken:
  • 2 cups loosely packed cilantro leaves and stems
  • 6 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 6 Tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts
Creamy Baja Catalina Dressing:
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp sugar
  • ¼ cup low-fat mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup low-fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp reserved Cilantro Lime Marinade
  • 2 large heads romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15 oz) can corn, drained
  • ¾ cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 avocados, chopped
  • 1 cup tortilla chip strips
  1. In a mini food processor, combine the cilantro, garlic, lime juice, olive oil, and spices (chili powder through cayenne pepper); pulse until smooth. Set aside 1 tablespoon of the marinada and refrigerate for use in dressing. Transfer to a gallon-sized ziplock and add chicken; turn to coat chicken completely. Allow to marinade in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours or overnight.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together all dressing ingredients until smooth; set aside.
  3. Preheat grill to 400 degrees F. Grill chicken for 7-9 minutes per side or until cooked through; remove to a cutting board and allow juices to settle before slicing against the grain into thin slices.
  4. Meanwhile, place romaine in a large bowl and drizzle with dressing. Toss well to coat using tongs. Add tomatoes, beans, corn, cheese, avocado, and tortilla strips; gently toss to combine. Divide salad into 6 portions and top with sliced chicken.
Recipe from Carlsbad Cravings
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ⅙ recipe Calories: 588 Fat: 26.2 Carbohydrates: 49.3 Sugar: 15.0 Sodium: 801 Fiber: 13.7 Protein: 43.2 Cholesterol: 90
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