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A Super Easy Healthy Dinner: Southwest Chicken Salad

on March 19, 2012

Since I did a check in earlier today, I thought I would share one of the healthy meals I have added to our rotation.  I took inspiration for this salad from Red Robin…a restaurant we find ourselves at frequently because my three year old LOVES it.  This is a super easy salad and great for a weeknight.

What you need:

  • 2 chicken breasts sliced in half to make them thinner so they cook faster
  • 1-2 heads of leafy lettuce (something like green or red leaf lettuce or romaine lettuce or some combination of them)
  • 1 tomato diced
  • Half a green pepper diced
  • 1/4 of a red onion diced
  • 1 jalapeno thinly sliced
  • 1 can of corn drained
  • 1 can of black beans drained and rinsed
  • Fresh cilantro
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Tortilla Strips

Season the chicken with salt and pepper and a little bit of cayenne pepper. To cook it, you can either grill it our pan sautee it.

Next, build your salad with whatever of the ingredients sounds good to you.

For an easy dressing, I mix a couple of tablespoons of lite ranch dressing with some salsa and call it good.  It takes about 30 minutes to do everything which is why I love this meal for a weeknight when I don’t have too much left in me.

For a super easy and low calorie dessert, we did sliced strawberries with a little sprinkle of Truvia and a couple of tablespoons of Lite Cool Whip.  A great way to finish out the night.

Enjoy!

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