Avocado and Grilled Chicken Chopped Salad with Skinny Chipotle-Lime Ranch

05.22.2015

Are you guys getting tired of all the grilled chicken salads I share yet? I know I’m not because I could live on them, especially this one! My husband and I couldn’t get over how delicious this salad is even though it’s a simple salad. The secret is in the sauce, or dressing in this case. Even though I made it to be light it is still unbelievably tasty. It has the perfect zip from the heat of the chipotle peppers, and it’s perfectly creamy from the Greek yogurt and light mayo. And you still have all those classic ranch herbs and spices, like parsley, dill, chives and onion powder. And let’s not forget about the lime, it brightens up the dressing and offers plenty of fresh flavor. Even my kids loved this despite the fact it has some heat. I myself was surprised, I thought they’d be asking for “leaves” without dressing but instead they were asking for more.

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If you are lucky enough to have any dressing left over you can serve it the next day with chicken for dipping. That’s what we had for lunch and it turned a drab, boring piece of chicken into something amazing! This is going to be one of my go to dressing recipes from now on, love, love, loved it! And of course I’ll make this salad time and time again, it is the perfect summer salad with so much bright freshness and contrast. It may look so basically basic (thank you Jimmy Fallon) but it’s full of flavor!

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Avocado and Grilled Chicken Chopped Salad with Skinny Chipotle-Lime Ranch

5 from 2 votes

Yield: About 4 servings

Ingredients

Salad

  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts , grilled and diced
  • 10 oz grape tomatoes , halved
  • 2 medium avocados (semi-firm but ripe), peeled, cored and diced
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh corn
  • 1 head Romaine lettuce , chopped
  • 1/2 cup crumbled Cotija cheese

Chipotle-Lime Ranch

  • 1 cup low-fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup light mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk , then more as needed
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1 - 2 chipotle chile peppers in adobo (these things are spicy!)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 tsp dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp dried dill
  • 1/2 tsp dried chives
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper , to taste

Instructions

  1. For the salad:
  2. Add all salad ingredients to a large bowl and gently toss. Plate and serve with Chipotle-Lime Ranch.
  3. For the dressing:
  4. Add all ingredients to a food processor and pulse until chipotle peppers are well minced. Add in a few more tablespoons of buttermilk to thin as needed. Store in refrigerator in an airtight container.
  5. Recipe source: Cooking Classy

39 comments

  • SBO: Looks colorful and yummy!! May 27, 2015 at 8:35pm Reply

  • Lindsay: I hate to say it but I thought this dressing was gross. My mouth was burning up (I didn’t even use the Adobo sauce, just the chiles) and the only real flavor I tasted was dill. I like dill but it was overpowering. I’m not even sure there’s any tweaks I could make to salvage the dressing that is leftover. May 26, 2015 at 5:14pm Reply

  • olivia – Primavera Kitchen: What a gorgeous salad, Jaclyn, I love how bright it looks and the sauce/dressing is making my mouth water ;-) May 25, 2015 at 1:50pm Reply

  • Medeja: Looks colorful and delicious! I just love the sauce! May 24, 2015 at 3:22am Reply

  • Thao @ In Good Flavor: This salad looks so delicious and makes a perfect summer meal. I have never put raw corn in my salad, but it sounds good. May 22, 2015 at 8:06pm Reply

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci): I love anything chipotle and lime, this salad is so perfect for summer! May 22, 2015 at 5:31pm Reply

  • Medha @ Whisk & Shout: That chipotle-lime dressing looks to die for and I love all the bright colors in this salad :) May 22, 2015 at 5:00pm Reply

  • Jess @ What Jessica Baked Next: This salad looks super delicious. I love the vibrant colour. Chipotle and lime is definitely one of the best flavour combo’s! Love this – pinning to try soon! Thanks for sharing, Jaclyn! May 22, 2015 at 3:53pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for taking the time to comment Jess! May 22, 2015 at 4:06pm Reply

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