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Summer Chipotle Chicken Salad With Cilantro Vinaigrette Recipe

The Summer Chipotle Chicken Salad with Cilantro Vinaigrette is a refreshing dish that combines the flavors of summer with a hint of smoky spice. The star ingredient is the grilled chipotle chicken, adding a delicious smoky kick. This recipe has been very popular in my family, especially the kids. They simply love its textures and flavors. I highly recommend this recipe to all who want to try it at home. It is not rocket science. You need just basic culinary skills to make it. Scroll down for more information about its ingredients and instructions.

Chipotle Chicken Salad

What is so special about the Chipotle Chicken Salad with Cilantro Vinaigrette?

Why Chipotle Chicken Salad with Cilantro Vinaigrette? The taste of marinated chicken, infused with ingredients, offers a smoky, tangy, and spicy taste that is just awesome. Further, the grilling or cooking of the marinated chicken enhances its flavors. It’s amazing how well-balanced and vibrant the mixture of fresh ingredients is used in this dish, including maize, black beans, avocado, tomatoes, and onions. These have a variety of textures and flavors that can easily satisfy the stomach. This dish can be customized, allowing you to add extra protein from the chicken and vegetables, making it a highly nutritious meal for the family.

Chipotle Chicken Salad With Cilantro Vinaigrette Ingredients

For Salad:

For the Cilantro Vinaigrette:

For Cilantro Vinaigrette:

Please note that the quantities in the recipe are flexible and can be adjusted based on your preferences and the number of servings you desire. Feel free to modify the amounts of each ingredient to suit your taste and the size of your gathering.

How to Make Chipotle Chicken Salad With Cilantro Vinaigrette Recipe

Prep Time 
Preparation of Ingredients15-20 Minutes
Marinating Chicken30 Minutes to 1 hour
Preparing Salad Ingredients10-15 Minutes
Cooking Time 
Cooking Chicken10-15 Minutes
Preparation of Cilantro Vinaigrette5-10 minutes


Prepare the Marinade:

  • In a blender or food processor, combine chipotle peppers, garlic, olive oil, lime juice, cumin, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper. Blend until smooth.

Marinate the Chicken:

  • Place the thinly sliced chicken in a bowl or resealable plastic bag. Pour the marinade over the chicken, ensuring it’s well coated. Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to an hour (or longer for deeper flavor).

Cook the Chicken:

  • Heat a grill or skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the marinated chicken for about 5-6 minutes per side or until fully cooked and slightly charred. Ensure the internal temperature reaches 165°F (74°C). Remove from heat and let it rest for a few minutes before slicing.

Prepare the Vinaigrette:

  • In a blender or food processor, combine cilantro leaves, olive oil, lime juice, minced garlic, honey (if using), salt, and pepper. Blend until smooth. Adjust seasoning to taste.

Prepare the Salad Ingredients:

  • Wash and chop the vegetables as needed. Arrange them on a serving platter or individual plates.

Slice the Chicken:

Assemble the Salad:

  • Arrange the sliced chipotle chicken on top of the prepared salad ingredients.

Drizzle with Cilantro Vinaigrette:

  • Just before serving, drizzle the cilantro vinaigrette over the salad or serve it on the side for individual portions.

Garnish (Optional):

  • Optionally, garnish the salad with additional cilantro leaves or a sprinkle of cotija cheese for added flavor.

Recipe Tips and Notes

Ingredients: The salad contains a variety of nutritious ingredients that have essential vitamins and minerals.
Protein: It provides lean protein, which is important for muscle health and gives satisfaction after a meal.
Antioxidants and fiber: The salad greens and vegetables are rich in antioxidants and fiber, which support overall health and promote digestion.
Flavorful dressing: The Cilantro Vinaigrette adds a burst of flavor to the salad while have detoxifying and anti-inflammatory properties.
Well-balanced meal: Try this salad, which can contribute to a well-balanced and nourishing meal rich in protein, fiber, and various nutrients.
Nutrition Facts: The nutrition facts for a fresh summer Chicken Salad with Cilantro Vinaigrette can vary depending on the specific ingredients and portion sizes used. Please check out the Nutrition Facts table below.



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