I'm a HUGE fan of salads that are healthy, tasty and hearty enough to be complete meals all on their own. This Santa Fe Chicken Salad definitely fits the bill. My mom started making this salad a few years ago after she ordered (and LOVED) the Santa Fe Chicken Salad at Earls. She went home and started experimenting with dressings/seasonings and came up with her own version of the salad. It's become a staple in our home so I hope you'll enjoy it too!
There are 3 parts to this salad- the chicken, the dressing and the salad itself!
What you'll need for the CHICKEN:
Mix the chili powder, cajun seasoning and a tiny bit of paprika together in a bowl.
Slice the chicken breasts then roll them in the spice bowl.
Pour olive oil into your frying pan and pan-fry the chicken (it takes approximately 5 minutes per breast)
What you'll need for the PEANUT-LIME VINAIGRETTE (for 4 people)
Put all ingredients into a blender and MIX.
What you'll need for the SALAD:
Once the chicken and dressing are prepared, you can begin to layer your salad. Start by dressing the spinach. Then put the dressed spinach onto each plate. Next, add feta cheese, dates, corn, black beans, avocado, chicken and finish with the tortilla chips (or allow your guests to add their own toppings if you are making this for a group).
Enjoy your Santa Fe Salads!!! :)
Hi! I'm Mrs. Julia Dawe,