Healthful eating: Southwest Salad


Maybe you’ve tried the Southwest Crispy Chicken Salad at “fast food restaurant known for its golden arches” (they’ll sue me, ya’ll).

I have tried and loved that salad, but I am trying to eat healthier. If I go to Golden Arches, I’ll leave with something that isn’t a salad. Lots of somethings. Like fries, a Big Mac and a milkshake. Plus, it’s cold outside and I don’t wanna take my babies out in it.

Before I get too far into this, I need to tell you I cheated a bit and used frozen chicken strips and bacon bits. I also used canned corn and canned black beans. Everything else you see is fresh. I promise.

As always, customize this recipe. Make it your own. I love onions and would have added them to this salad, but I’m nursing and my two-month-old does not love onions. Other than that, I wouldn’t change a thing!

Here is what you’ll need:


Breaded, cooked chicken strips, cherry tomatoes or sliced tomatoes, bacon bits (optional), sliced bell pepper, shredded lettuce, cooked sweet yellow corn, cooked black beans, grated cheddar cheese, and grated mozzarella cheese.

The first thing I did was cook the corn and black beans, and throw those chicken tenders in the oven.

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Next, I chopped up those veggies.


Yes, that’s an awful lot of bell peppers and tomatoes for just one serving. I can’t help it. I just like the things!


Next, grate some cheese!


I combined those veggies and some bacon bits in a bowl…


…added the chicken…


…added the corn and black beans…


And lastly, I added the cheese.

It was a great salad. It tasted just as good as it looked. The corn added a little sweetness to balance out the spicy chicken. Squeeze a sliced lime over the salad for an even greater taste. Thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoy this salad.

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