Thursday, March 14, 2013

Chicken Fajita Sizzling Salad with Cilantro-Lime Vinaigrette

I love a great salad.  I love ordering salads at restaurants.  It is actually one of my favorite things to eat.  But...I never seem to make great salads.  They just never have the wow that I taste when I order them out.  Until now!  I got this from Iowa Girl Eats and oh my it is good!!  If you love a great salad too, then give this one a try!!  Don't let the ingredient list or steps scare isn't bad!
Chicken Fajita Sizzling Salad with Cilantro-Lime Vinaigrette
For the marinade:
Juice of 1/2 a lime
1-1/2 tbsp olive oil
1 garlic clove, crushed
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp chili powder
1/2 jalapeno, seeded and chopped
2 tbsp chopped cilantro
Combine marinade ingredients in a large bowl, then add two sliced chicken breasts and toss to coat.  Cover then let sit and marinate at room temperature for 30 minutes.
 For the Cilantro-Lime Vinaigrette
Juice of 1/2 lime
1/4 cup cilantro
2 tbsp canola or vegetable oil
1 tbsp red wine vinegar
1 garlic clove
salt and pepper
Combine ingredients in a food processor or blender and process until smooth. Set aside.
 For salad:
2 chicken breasts, sliced
1/2 onion, thinly sliced
1 zucchini, but into sticks
1 tbsp canola or vegetable oil, divided
6 cups chopped romaine lettuce
1 tomato, cut into wedges
1/2 avocado, chopped (I used a whole avocado!)
Divide lettuce, tomatoes, and avocado between two plates.
 Heat 1/2 tbsp oil in a large skillet.  Remove garlic clove from chicken then carefully add in one layer on the bottom and cook for 1 minute undisturbed.  Stir then saute until cooked through, about a minute or two.  Remove chicken to a plate and set aside.
 Heat remaining 1/2 tbsp oil in skillet and add onions and zucchini.  Cook for 1 minute undisturbed, then stir and saute until tender, about another minute.  Add chicken back into the pot and stir to combine.
 Top salad with cooked chicken mixture and drizzle with Cilantro-Lime Vinaigrette.  
This is so delicious!!!!  The dressing is amazing as is the marinade.  Enjoy!  :)


  1. Hello! I stumbled upon your blog as I was exploring some of the blogs my own blog's readers follow, and I just loved this post - Mexican-inspired meals are always amazing. I think my readers would really love this fajita salad recipe, too! I'd like to invite you to participate in my blog's link-up party to celebrate the end of National Nutrition Month - feel free to check it out and share one of the delicious, healthy recipes you've been enjoying this past month!

  2. I think I just fell in love with your blog. Thank you for adding the recipe. This looks absolutely delicious. Is it spicy? I am usually not a fan of fajitas or salad but this looks like something worth trying.

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    1. Glad you like my blog!! No, this salad isn't spicy at all. It is just really good!

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