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Healthy & Satisfying Recipe: Fresh Southwestern-Style Salad

Healthy & Satisfying Recipe: Fresh Southwestern-Style Salad

We like salad as much as the next person (read into that what you will), but we do prefer salads that are hearty and full of flavoras opposed to a plain, ol’ plate of lettuce with dressing from the back of the fridge. This Southwestern salad doesn’t take long to assemble and is the perfect meal for days when you need a lunch that really tides you over til dinner or a dinner that isn’t too complicated after a long day. This protein-packed meal is so yummy and filling that you won’t even notice you’re eating salad (unless you already love salad, in which case this is a really great choice)!

Southwestern Salad

Serves 2


  • 5 cups romaine lettuce
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 avocado, pitted, sliced
  • 4 slices bacon, chopped
  • 1/3 cup Monterey jack cheese (low-fat optional)
  • 1/3 cup Cheddar cheese (low-fat optional)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • seeded crackers, optional garnish
  • 3/4 cup cilantro,
  • 1/2 cup plain, Greek yogurt
  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1-2 large cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. In a medium pan over medium-high heat, cook bacon until dark and crispy. Remove from pan and drain fat.
  2. Heat olive oil and, once hot, grill chicken breasts. When cooked through, 5-8 minutes, flipping in the middle, remove from heat and set aside.
  3. In a food processor, combine cilantro, yogurt, garlic, lime juice, salt and pepper. Pulse together while drizzling in olive oil. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed.
  4. In a large bowl, toss lettuce, cheese, avocado, bacon and chicken with cilantro lime dressing. Mix well and serve with crackers if desired.

Recipe adapted from Damn Delicious