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chicken salad in a mason jar

Southwest Chicken Salad with Chipotle Greek Yogurt Dressing

Delicious southwest chicken salad with an incredible homemade chipotle greek yogurt ranch dressing. This veggie and protein-packed salad is perfect for meal prep!
Course Gluten Free, Grain Free, Lunch, Meal Prep, Salad
Keyword southwest chicken salad
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 mason jar salads
Calories 380 kcal
Author Monique of AmbitiousKitchen.com


  • For the chicken marinade:
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts*
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • For the chipotle ranch dressing:
  • 1/2 cup nonfat plain greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice (or can sub apple cider vinegar)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried dill
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
  • 3/4 teaspoon chipotle chili powder, or sub a few dashes of chipotle tabasco hot sauce
  • 2 tablespoons water to thin dressing
  • For the salad
  • 2 roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1/2 cup diced cucumber, from 1 medium cucumber
  • 1/2 cup corn
  • 1 cup black beans
  • 1 jalapeno, sliced
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 2-3 cups chopped romaine


  1. Add chicken and marinade ingredients to a large ziploc bag. Marinate chicken for 20 minutes to 1 hour.
  2. While you are marinating your chicken, chop all your ingredients for your salads.
  3. Next, make your chipotle ranch dressing: Add all ingredients for the dressing to a small bowl and mix until well-combined.
  4. Once ready to cook chicken, preheat grill to medium high heat. Lightly oil the grate. Grill chicken breasts for 6-8 minutes per side, or until juices run clear and chicken is no longer pink. Once chicken has cooked, transfer to a cutting board and dice into bite sized pieces.
  5. Make the mason jar salads by dividing ingredients evenly between 4 (32-ounce) large mason jars in the following order: dressing, tomato, cucumber, corn, black beans, jalapeño, chicken breast, avocado, romaine.
  6. When ready to serve, pour contents from the mason jar onto a plate or into a bowl and enjoy! Makes 4 large mason jars.

Recipe Notes

To make vegetarian: sub 1 cup chickpeas or 1 package of extra firm tofu, cubed

To bake the chicken instead of grill: Bake chicken breasts on a greased baking sheet at 400 degrees F for 20-25 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink and juices run clear.

Nutrition Facts
Southwest Chicken Salad with Chipotle Greek Yogurt Dressing
Amount Per Serving (1 mason jar salad)
Calories 380 Calories from Fat 141
% Daily Value*
Fat 15.7g24%
Saturated Fat 3.1g19%
Carbohydrates 28.5g10%
Fiber 9.9g41%
Sugar 7.7g9%
Protein 35.2g70%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.