Southwestern Cobb Salad

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Southwestern Cobb Salad – A classic Cobb salad with a Southwestern, tex-mex twist!  Topped with a creamy cilantro lime dressing for a hearty, filling, and delicious salad.

Cobb Salad is a classic, but I tend to lean towards Mexican and Southwest flavors, so I am mixing things up and making a Southwestern Cobb Salad that will quickly become a new favorite.

Southwestern Cobb Salad - A classic Cobb salad with a Southwestern, tex-mex twist! Topped with a creamy cilantro lime dressing for a hearty, filling, and delicious salad.

 

Southwest Cobb Salad

Sometimes people tend to see salad and think it is just for people trying to diet or eat healthy. But it can really and truly be delicious! And this Southwest Cobb Salad is really one of my favorites, that I make all the time! It has a creamy version of my favorite Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette as the dressing, and then you can add whatever toppings you like, to really make it a filling and hearty salad that you love.

What You’ll Need

  • Romaine Lettuce – you really can use any green you like for the base of this salad
  • Black Beans
  • Corn Kernels
  • Grape Tomatoes
  • Tortilla Strips
  • Grilled Chicken
  • Cilantro
  • Lime
  • Garlic
  • White Wine Vinegar
  • Sugar
  • Jalapeno
  • Oil – you can use any oil you like for a dressing. Olive Oil, Avocado Oil and even vegetable oil work well.
  • Sour Cream – the add in from the original dressing to make it creamy. You could use plain yogurt if you wanted instead.
  • Salt & Pepper
Southwestern Cobb Salad {Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts}

How To Make A Southwestern Cobb Salad

Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the post for the FULL PRINTABLE recipe card.

  1. The first thing you want to do is cook your chicken. You could definitely use rotisserie chicken or leftover chicken for this, but if you are starting from scratch I like to fire up the grill and cook the chicken. Season with salt and pepper and cook for about 6-7 minutes per side, until it is cooked through. Remove from the grill and cut into cubes for serving.
  2. Meanwhile you can make the dressing. Simply add all of the ingredients for the dressing to a blender and process until smooth and creamy.
  3. Then it is time to assemble. Divide the green between each bowl, and then arrange the toppings, adding it anything you would like.
  4. Serve with the dressing and toss to coat and enjoy.
Southwestern Cobb Salad - A classic Cobb salad with a Southwestern, tex-mex twist! Topped with a creamy cilantro lime dressing for a hearty, filling, and delicious salad.

What Goes On A Southwest Salad

This is where you can really get creative, and add whatever you like. You can take some elements from a classic Cobb salad and then mix it up.

  • Avocado
  • Tomatoes
  • Black Beans
  • Corn Kernels
  • Tortilla Strips
  • Grilled Chicken
  • Bacon
  • Hard Boiled Eggs
  • Cheddar Cheese
  • Sliced Red Onions

What Kind Of Chicken To Use

You really can use any kind of chicken for this recipe. I included grilling the chicken in the recipe card, but it is great to use rotisserie chicken or leftover chicken for as well. Or you can do a crispy version and use frozen chicken tenders that you bake and chop up. Whatever you have works!

close up southwest cobb saalad in a bowl

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Southwestern Cobb Salad {Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts}
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Southwestern Cobb Salad

By Erin
Southwestern Cobb Salad – A classic Cobb salad with a Southwestern, tex-mex twist! Topped with a creamy cilantro lime dressing for a hearty, filling, and delicious salad.
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients 

  • 8 cups chopped Romaine lettuce
  • 1 cup black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup corn kernels
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, ,chopped
  • 2 avocados, diced
  • 1 cup tortilla strips
  • 2 large boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Cilantro Lime Dressing

  • 1 cup cilantro
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 jalapeno, seeds removed
  • 1/4 cup Olive Oil
  • 1/2 cup sour cream

Instructions 

  • Preheat grill to medium high heat. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Cook chicken for 6-7 minutes per side, until cooked through.
  • Remove from the grill, and slice into 1 inch cubes.
  • To prepare the dressing, add all of the ingredients to a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth.
  • Meanwhile, place 2 cups of lettuce into 4 bowls. Top each bowl with 1/4 cup black beans, corn kernels, tomatoes, and tortilla strips. Slice the avocados in half and remove the pit. Scoop out the flesh and chop. Place 1/2 of an avocado on each salad. Once the chicken is cooked, divide evenly over each salad.
  • Top with cilantro lime dressing to serve.

Notes

This makes more dressing than you will need for this salad

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 615kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 39g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 28g | Cholesterol: 68mg | Sodium: 174mg | Fiber: 15g | Sugar: 8g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Author: Erin
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Course: Dinner Recipes
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 615
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