Warm summer nights and a divine salad make me super happy. And I am willing to bet this Southwest Chicken Salad with Mango Vinaigrette will make you happy too. Everything about it is beautiful and tasty!
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A close of of a platter with Southwest Chicken Salad with mango Vinaigrette with two gold forks

THE Southwest Chicken Salad with Mango Vinaigrette:

I know you don’t have a ton of time (or maybe you do but you don’t want to spend it cooing). This salad is the perfect complete meal salad for you busy folks. Fresh, tender, baby greens topped with sautéed southwestern chicken, grilled corn, tomatoes, avocado, pepitas and black beans, and it’s all drizzled with a sweet mango lime vinaigrette! Stunning. Am I right? And only 25 minutes to make from start to delicious finish!

A close up of the Southwest Chicken Salad with Mango Vinaigrette on a gold trimmed platter with two gold fork with

 

The Chicken:

Simple, simple, simple. Just dice, sprinkle with your favorite southwestern seasoning mix (found in the grocery store or online) and sauté in a pan for 6-7 minutes!

A close up of Southwest Chicken Salad with Mango Vinaigrette showing greens, corn, black beans, diced mango and a small bowl of bright yellow salad dressing

The Mango Lime Vinaigrette:

This beautiful sunny dressing is made in the blender with extra virgin olive oil, fresh sweet mango, lime juice, a little honey, sea salt and a dash of cayenne pepper. So fresh and beautiful! Healthy eating never looked so good. But remember, your salad dressing will only be as good as your mango! Be sure to pick a ripe mango, it should be somewhat firm but with a little ‘give’…like a ripe avocado or tomato.

A vertical photo showing Southwest Chicken Salad with Mango Vinaigrette on a light blue platter with a colorful small bowl of bright yellow salad dressing

Love Mangos?

Check out my Mango Salsa, Halibut with Mango Puree, and Warm Macadamia Nut Crusted Goat Cheese with Mango Chutney!

THE RECIPE: SOUTHWESTERN CHICKEN AND MANGO SALAD WITH MANGO VINAIGRETTE!

What you need: southwestern seasoning mix, a good blender and a good knife!

Southwest Chicken and Mango Salad with Mango Vinaigrette
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 

A delicious complete meal summer salad

Course: dinner, lunch
Cuisine: Southwest, Southwestern
Keyword: chicken mango salad, mango vinaigrette
Servings: 2 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 large boneless skinless organic chicken breast cut into 1" cubes
  • Southwestern seasoning mix, to taste
  • 1  corn cob, kernels shaved off
  • 1 large ripe mango, peeled and cubed (or two small mangos)
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil plus a tablespoon for pan
  • juice of one lime
  • pinch of sea salt 
  • freshly ground pepper
  • 1/8  teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 4 cups baby greens lettuce
  • 1 ripe avocado, diced
  • 1/2 cup black beans, rinsed
  • 1 roma tomato, diced
  • 2  tablespoons roasted salted pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
Instructions
  1. After dicing chicken into 1" cubes, sprinkle generously with your favorite southwestern spice mix, a little sea salt and pepper, set aside

  2. Use a knife to shave corn off cob, peel tomato, dice avocado and 1/2 the mango (reserving the other half for salad dressing)

  3. Place a grill pan on medium/high heat for two minutes

  4. Add a tablespoon olive oil to the pan . When oil is hot but not smoking, add diced seasoned chicken, stirring here and there for 4 minutes

  5. Add corn kernels to pan with chicken and cook for three more minutes, stirring frequently. Turn off heat (make sure chicken is cooked through)

  6. Place olive oil, lime juice, sea salt a few turns of black pepper, cayenne pepper and half of the diced mango into a blender and blend until smooth

  7. Place greens on platter, sprinkle with black beans, pepitas, fresh diced mango, tomato, avocado, and last, chicken and corn

  8. Drizzle with mango vinaigrette and toss

  9. Sprinkle with more salt and pepper if needed, eat!

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