A Delectable Twist: The Spicy Southwest Salad

Are you in need of a delicious dinner idea? Look no further! Let us introduce you to the mouthwatering Copycat Chick-fil-A Spicy Southwest Salad. This recipe is packed with seasoned chicken, fresh ingredients, creamy salsa, and crispy toppings that will satisfy the whole family!

When it comes to family meals, salad might not be the first thing that comes to mind. However, this delightful Copycat Chick-fil-A Spicy Southwest Salad will win over even the pickiest eaters. It’s like enjoying deconstructed chicken tacos, but with even more flavor! Each bite of this salad is loaded with juicy grilled chicken, roasted corn, a blend of cheeses, and nutritious Tex-Mex veggies. And let’s not forget the kid-friendly crunchy tortilla strips and pepitas!

Indulge in the Satisfying Spicy Southwest Salad

This homemade spicy southwest chicken salad has become one of my go-to favorites, especially during the summer months! The bold blend of southwest flavors, including seasonings, grilled chicken, cheese, and garden veggies, is complemented by the perfect creamy salsa dressing. Every mouthful is filled with pure satisfaction. And guess what? It tastes just like the original Chick-fil-A version! It’s big, crunchy, nutritious, and available on Sundays!

Fantastic Pairings for the Spicy Southwest Salad

Looking for some tasty additions to accompany the Chick-fil-A Spicy Southwest Salad? For your kids, why not top their salad with Air Fryer Chick-fil-A Chicken Nuggets? And when you feel like changing things up, try our Avocado Ranch Dressing as an alternative to the creamy salsa dressing.

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Prepare the Ingredients

Let’s gather all the ingredients needed to make this scrumptious salad:

  • Seasonings: Cilantro, garlic, garlic powder, cumin, smoked paprika, chili powder, parsley, onion powder, extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), and lime juice.
  • Salad: Mixed greens, grape tomatoes, shredded Monterey Jack and cheddar cheeses, corn, poblano peppers, red bell pepper, and black beans.
  • Toppings: Tortilla strips and chili lime pepitas.
  • Chick-Fil-A Creamy Salsa Dressing: Salsa, sour cream, mayo, lime juice, cumin, salt, and pepper.

Copycat Chick Fil A Spicy Southwest Salad

Assembling the Southwest Chicken Salad

Let’s dive into the steps of creating this mouthwatering salad:

Step One: Begin by marinating the chicken in olive oil, lime juice, cilantro, garlic, and cumin seed. Let it sit in a gallon-size bag for an hour. Meanwhile, blend all the dressing ingredients until smooth, then refrigerate until serving time.

Step Two: Brush the ear of corn with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and roast in a frying pan over high heat for two minutes per side. Cut the corn off the cob using a sharp knife. Halve the grape tomatoes, chop the poblano and bell peppers, and sauté them all in the same hot skillet for five minutes. Stir in the corn and cook for two more minutes.

Step Three: Toss the mixed greens, sautéed veggies, shredded cheese, and black beans in a salad bowl. Set aside.

Copycat Chick Fil A Spicy Southwest Salad

Step Four: Preheat a cast-iron skillet or grill pan over high heat. Remove the chicken from the marinade and add the remaining seasonings. Place the chicken between two sheets of plastic wrap and pound it thin with a meat mallet.

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Copycat Chick Fil A Spicy Southwest Salad

Step Five: Lightly spray the heated pan, then cook the chicken for five minutes per side. Once cooked, slice it into thin strips and place it on top of the salad.

Step Six: Garnish your masterpiece with tortilla strips and pepitas. Drizzle the creamy salsa dressing over the salad, and get ready to enjoy!

Copycat Chick Fil A Spicy Southwest Salad

Tips for Success

  • If your kids have specific preferences regarding salad greens, feel free to use the lettuce or salad mix they enjoy.
  • Gather all the required herbs and spices before starting to save time.
  • Fresh avocado slices can enhance the flavors of this fantastic salad.
  • The grilled chicken in this recipe is versatile and can be used in burritos, tacos, and quesadillas. Consider making extra for future meal prepping.

The Secret Behind Chick-fil-A’s Spicy Southwest Salad

According to the Chick-fil-A website, their Spicy Southwest Salad consists of grilled spicy chicken breast slices served on a bed of fresh mixed greens. It’s topped with grape tomatoes, a blend of Monterey Jack and Cheddar cheeses, and a zesty combination of roasted corn, black beans, poblano chiles, and red bell peppers. Seasoned Tortilla Strips and Chili Lime Pepitas add the perfect finishing touch. Pair it with the Creamy Salsa dressing for an incredible taste experience.

Nutritional Information

Concerned about calorie intake? Our homemade version of the Chick-fil-A Spicy Southwest Salad contains approximately 402 calories per serving, including the dressing and toppings. In comparison, the original salad from Chick-fil-A has around 690 calories.

The Spiciness Level

By incorporating chili powder, chili lime pepitas, and poblano peppers, this Copycat Spicy Southwest Salad delivers a moderate level of spiciness. If you prefer a milder taste, simply reduce or eliminate these ingredients. Conversely, if you’re a spice aficionado, feel free to increase them for an extra kick!

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Other Inspiring Southwest Salads

If you’re a fan of Southwest-inspired salads, here are a few more options to explore:

  • Taco Salad
  • Southwest Chicken Salad
  • Taco Pasta Salad
  • Turkey Taco Salad
  • Mexican Mango Rice Salad
  • Fiesta Rice Salad
  • Southwestern Kale Salad

Now that you’ve discovered the delightful world of the Spicy Southwest Salad, don’t wait any longer to try it out! Embrace the flavors, enjoy the experience, and let your taste buds dance with joy. For more mouthwatering recipes and cooking inspiration, visit Rowdy Hog Smokin BBQ.