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Loaded Southwest Chicken Salad is bursting with spicy seasoned chicken, black beans and roasted corn and topped with an easy salsa ranch dressing. Your taste buds will definitely approve!

loaded southwest chicken salad with roasted corn and black beans over fresh greens

When the warms up, I’m all about salads for lunch and dinner. We’re not talking about ordinary, run-of-the mill salads, either. No way!

We’re talking about bright, colorful salads that are loaded with protein, fresh fruit or veggies and tons of flavor. Sound good to you? I hope so, because we’ve got this amazing Southwest chicken salad on the menu today.

It takes about 30 minutes to make, especially if  you do the prep earlier. And it really is light, fresh quick and easy dinner that’s perfect for summer.

Whenever we eat out, I love to check out the salad menu, especially in the summerime. The Hubs thinks I’m crazy, since he’s usually drooling over the burgers and meaty sandwiches. But I really enjoy digging into a bowl of fresh greens, and I love trying to re-create the same salad at home.

Not long ago, we tried out a new restaurant, and I ordered their Southwest chicken salad. And it was just okay. It wasn’t bad, and actually the chicken had a lot of flavor, but it was mostly just chicken on top of lettuce, with a few black beans and tomatoes thrown in. Call me crazy, but I guess I expect more from my salads!

loaded southwest chicken salad with avocados corn black beans and radishes on plate

So, I decided to make my own version of this easy dinner salad. I started out by seasoning the chicken really well with a mix of salt, garlic powder, pepper, cumin and smoked paprika. This is my go-to blend whenever we have any kind of Mexican or Southwestern cuisine. Sometimes, I’ll throw in a pinch of chipotle powder or cayenne for extra spice, but this is  a good base that’s mild enough that even the kids enjoy.

As the chicken cooks, the seasoning forms a nice crust, so it’s almost like blackened chicken — yum! Right before the chicken was done, I added some jalapenos, a squirt of lime juice and some corn and let the corn cook until it was a nice and golden brown. This really brings out the flavor and adds so much to any dish.

Finally, I threw in some black beans at then end. Then, I spooned the chicken mixture over some fresh greens and added a mix of radishes, avocados, tomatoes and cilantro, plus a little bit of cheese and a drizzle of salsa ranch dressing.

Basically, you mix a little bit of your favorite salsa with some ranch, and that’s it! Easy peasy. You can use your own homemade ranch and salsa or your favorite brand.

Now this is what I call a salad!

loaded southwest chicken salad recipe

Recipe for Loaded Southwest Chicken Salad

5 from 1 vote

Loaded Southwest Chicken Salad

By: Dee
Spicy seasoned chicken with pan roased corn and black beans over fresh greens. It's topped with avocado, radishes, jalapeno peppers and an easy salsa ranch dressing
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6


Chicken Salad

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 ½ teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 small jalapeno pepper, chopped
  • ½ cup black beans, rinsed and drained
  • ½ cup cooked corn or thawed frozen corn
  • 1 lime juice
  • fresh salad greens
  • 1 avocado seeded and sliced
  • 4 radishes sliced thin
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, diced
  • ½ cup shredded cheddar or Mexican blend cheese

Salsa Ranch Dressing

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Chicken Salad

  • Cut chicken into strips or smaller pieces, and season with salt, pepper, cumin, garlic powder and paprika
  • Add olive oil to a large skillet, and cook chicken on medium high heat until brown, stirring frequently
  • Add corn and jalapenos, and cook until corn is golden brown and jalapenos are slightly soft
  • Drizzle lime juice over chicken mixture
  • Reduce heat to medium, stir in black beans, cook until just warm, and remove from heat
  • Arrange lettuce on plates, and top with chicken mixture and additional toppings
  • Serve with salsa ranch dressing


  • In a small bowl, mix ranch with salsa until combined, and serve with salad


Calories: 254kcal, Carbohydrates: 15g, Protein: 25g, Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 57mg, Sodium: 856mg, Potassium: 783mg, Fiber: 6g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 805IU, Vitamin C: 14.4mg, Calcium: 84mg, Iron: 1.8mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main
Cuisine: American
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This hearty loaded Southwest chicken salad makes an easy dinner that your whole family can enjoy. Even my picky eaters love it, so score one for mom!

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  1. Miz Helen says:

    Hope you have enjoyed your new Red Plate and your feature at Full Plate Thursday this week. We pinned your post to our features board and thanks so much for sharing it with us!
    Miz Helen5 stars

  2. Michelle Goth says:

    My favorite salad to get at restaurants is a southwest salad. This looks just as delicious as any of them!

    1. Dee says:

      Thanks, Michelle! I either go for the SW or the Asian. 🙂

  3. Sharon @ What The Fork says:

    I love loaded salads, this one looks great!

    1. Dee says:

      Thanks so much, Sharon! It’s one of my favorites. 🙂

  4. Des @ Life's Ambrosia says:

    What a perfectly flavorful lunch idea! Love it!

  5. Cathy @ Lemon Tree Dwelling says:

    What a flavor-packed PERFECT salad!

  6. Erin @ The Speckled Palate says:

    I just adore salads that are so flavorful and this Southwest Chicken Salad is just that! YUM!

    1. Dee says:

      It’s definitely one of my favorites. Thanks! 🙂

  7. Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious says:

    I am always looking for new ways to make a salad. This looks amazing! All of those great flavors!!!

    1. Dee says:

      I may have gotten a little carried away, but the more toppings, the better! Thanks, Dorothy.

  8. Paula - bell'alimento says:

    If I’m going to eat salad it’s going to be loaded up!