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


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.

Avocado and Grilled Chicken Chopped Salad with Chipotle-Lime Ranch | Cooking Classy

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

A deliciously flavorful salad recipe! Made with bite size pieces of grilled chicken, fresh tomato, fresh avocado, cheese and a creamy spicy dressing.

Servings: 4
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes



  • 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


  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
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chopped salad
Author: Jaclyn


  • Amy: Just made the dressing and drizzled it over avocado toast! Hello!! So good. January 10, 2019 at 10:38am Reply

  • Dee: Sounds like a fabulous salad and dressing,
    a must try and advise you later. January 24, 2018 at 5:47pm Reply

  • Pam D: Just made the dressing. Wow! That’s yummy. Can’t wait for the salad September 4, 2017 at 11:43am Reply

  • Hilda: This salad was bomb! I love salads and this is one of the best salads I’ve made. Thanks for the recipe! June 25, 2017 at 9:54pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Hilda! So glad you loved it! June 28, 2017 at 12:05pm Reply

  • Brandie Paulsen: If you don’t like spicy, use 1-2 TBSP chili powder for very mild or 1TBSP chipotle chili pepper for a little heat in place of the 1-2 chipotle chile peppers in adobo. Still has an amazing taste, just without the super spicy heat! March 20, 2017 at 6:39am Reply

  • Lisa Franti: so good thank you for sharing!
    Where did you purchase that container!! March 18, 2017 at 12:08pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I got the dressing container at World Market. March 18, 2017 at 6:03pm Reply

  • Courtney: How long does the drasing keep for in the fridge? A week or so? And approximately how much does the dressing recipe make? February 20, 2017 at 1:40pm Reply

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