Chipotle Chicken Taco Salad

April 11th, 2015

Chipotle Chicken Taco Salad 1

Mexican meals are so easy.  The ingredients are predictable; taco seasonings, cheese, sour cream, avocado, black beans, tortillas and tomatoes.  We have had a few warm days and a refreshing Mexican salad sounded like a great idea.  I found an excellent recipe in a Cooking Light cookbook.  It has a creamy dressing made with chipotle chile, lime juice, cilantro, seasonings and light sour cream that mellows the heat from the chiles.

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The salad ingredients are simple.  You could use a rotisserie chicken if time is short.  But I had two boneless chicken breasts that I dusted with taco seasonings and sauteed until cooked through.  Also in the mix to dress the lettuce are red onions, cherry tomatoes, avocado, black beans and corn.  I served a few corn chips on the side to be crumbled over the salad.

We are making progress on the cottage.  It makes me nervous when my surroundings are in chaos.  I like to be in control and am easily overwhelmed by the need to do everything at once when things are in disarray.  But I saw the light of day (literally) earlier this week and spent a sunny day with my blogging buddy Penny of the Comforts of Home.  We antiqued. . . . . . .

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It is always fun to visit The Screen Door in Asheville.  Love this vignette.  I am thinking of using chalk paint to transform one of my dressers like the one shown here.

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This is one of my favorite booths.  Lots of French linens, topiaries and antique posters.  After antiquing we dined . . . .

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It is a rite of passage for us to have lunch at our favorite French Bistro “Fig”.  We always try to eat on the patio.  The green grass is such a welcoming sight after a grey winter.  As is that lovely glass of Riesling.

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What a luncheon feast.  The other Penny (TOP) had PEI mussels with steak frites.  I had chicken schnitzel with white beans and greens in a flavorful red sauce.  We caught up with everything that has happened since we last saw each other last season.  It was a fun day under the warming sun.

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Hopefully we will all be experiencing warmer weather soon.  This salad is a good way to sit back and enjoy it.

CHIPOTLE CHICKEN TACO SALAD (Cooking Light; the Essential Dinner Tonight Cookbook )

2/3 cup light sour cream
1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
4 teaspoons fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon minced chipotle chile, canned in adobo sauce
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon salt

4 cups shredded romaine lettuce
2 cups chopped roasted skinless, boneless chicken breast (about 2 breast halves)
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1/2 cup diced peeled avocado
1/3 cup thinly sliced red onion
1 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup frozen corn kernels, cooked and cooled

To prepare dressing, combine first 7 ingredients, stirring well.

To prepare salad, combine lettuce and remaining 6 ingredients in a large bowl.  Drizzle dressing over salad; toss gently to coat.  4 servings.

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20 responses to “Chipotle Chicken Taco Salad”

  1. Penny @ The Comforts of Home says:

    That salad looks great. I never know what kind of dressing to use in a taco salad and this one sounds yummy! I had fun with you the other day and am looking forward to many more get togethers this summer.

  2. Penny @ The Comforts of Home says:

    That salad looks great. I never know what kind of dressing to put on a taco salad and this one sounds yummy.

    I had fun the other day and look forward to many more get togethers this summer

  3. Penny @ The Comforts of Home says:

    oops….two messages…sorry.

  4. Mary says:

    Wish I had been there – you know I always love the ScreenDoor! Glad you two dear friends had fun.
    This looks delish Penny – I’ve not had Mexican in ages. Heading across the pond soon and will be starting with Hungarian which, being a non-meat eater is a bit difficult, all that goulash!! Actually I did get excellent food when there before so hopefully I will this time too!
    Enjoy the weekend – hope the plumbing problems will soon be just a bad memory!
    Hugs – Mary

  5. Jane says:

    This looks so good, Penny! We are hoping to incorporate more dinner salads into our diet. Definitely a winner here.

    So glad you and Penny had a great time…love the Screen Door and can’t wait to visit again. The restaurant sounds wonderful, too.

    Good luck with the house…I know, big headache.

    Jane x

  6. Larry says:

    Any dish with the word chipotle in the name immediately grabs my attention and your salad sounds very good. “It makes me nervous when my surroundings are in chaos.” – you’d be popping nerve pills by the handful if you lived with us 🙂

  7. Shirlee says:

    I enjoy all your recipes and stories. Being from Asheville (years ago). I feel very connected. My Grandparents lived in Lake Lure. Making the Chicken recipe today. Thanks.

  8. What a nice day, Penny. Lunch with a friend and a chance to browse in a good antique market are a great way to spend the afternoon. I’m just learning about Annie Sloan chalk paints and I want to paint everything. It’s addictive.

  9. Monique says:

    I dislike disarray too ..I am happiest w/ order and clean..Not qtip clean..but pretty sparkley:)
    You are so lucky to have a blogging friend to do such fun things with.
    2 Pennies:) Loose Change.:)

  10. Monique says:

    I forgot to say the salad looks yum..fresh..crisp..clean:)

  11. Susan says:

    I can’t imagine a more fun day with a friend, Penny. Antiquing and lunch sound wonderful. I love the southwest flavors in your salad and we’ve been eating lots of salads after all of our celebrations 🙂

  12. Chris says:

    This would be fantastic stuffed into a wrap for lunch on the go. Great pictures too!

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