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Spicy Ranch Chopped Chicken Cabbage Salad

Spicy ranch chopped chicken cabbage salad made with a rainbow of veggies like bell pepper, carrots, crunchy cabbage, sweet corn and a kick of heat from jalapeño. Top this healthy chopped chicken salad with a homemade spicy greek yogurt ranch dressing for a deliciously filling salad that will keep you satisfied!

Course Dinner, Gluten Free, Lunch, Nut Free
Cuisine American
Keyword chopped cabbage salad, chopped chicken cabbage salad, chopped chicken salad
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 492 kcal
Author Monique Volz of AmbitiousKitchen.com


  • For the chicken:
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • Juice from 2 small limes
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • For the salad:
  • 6 cups shredded green cabbage (or a mix of purple and green also works)
  • ½ cup diced green onion (or sub diced red onion)
  • ¾ cup freshly diced cilantro
  • 1 cup shredded carrots (from 2 large carrots)
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and diced
  • ½ cup roasted pepitas
  • 1 ½ cups fresh raw corn off the cob (or feel free to use thawed frozen corn)*
  • For the spicy greek yogurt ranch:
  • ¾ cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried dill or fresh chopped chives
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
  • 2-4 tablespoons water, to thin dressing
  • 1-3 teaspoons hot sauce, depending on how spicy you like it (I love cholula!) or you can sub ½-3/4 teaspoon chipotle chili powder
  • For topping:
  • 1 cup tortilla strips (or 1 cup slightly crushed tortilla chips)
  • Optional: 1 avocado, sliced
  • Extra cilantro and green onion


  1. Marinate your chicken for at least 30 minutes: in a large bowl, add chicken breast, olive oil, honey, lime juice, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, paprika, cayenne pepper, salt and freshly ground black pepper. Toss well to combine, then place in the fridge until ready to use.
  2. While the chicken is marinating you can prep and chop the veggies for the salad. Place all ingredients for the salad in the bowl, except the tortilla strips (and the dressing).
  3. Make your dressing by combining the following ingredients in a medium bowl or mason jar: greek yogurt, garlic powder, onion powder, fresh lemon juice, dried dill, salt, water and hot sauce. Mix or shake until well combined, taste, and add more hot sauce if you like it spicier, then pour dressing all over the salad and use a tongs to combine salad together with dressing.

  4. When ready to grill chicken: Preheat your grill to 400 degrees F and scrape off any leftover bits from the grates. Place your chicken breasts on your preheated grill, and close the lid. It's important to keep the lid of your grill closed while your chicken is cooking so that no heat escapes. Cook your chicken breast on the grill for 7-9 minutes per side or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F. Cook time will vary a bit depending on the size of your chicken breast, so be sure to check the internal temperature in the thickest part of the chicken breast using a meat thermometer.
  5. Once chicken is done, cut into strips and top the salad with it, then add tortilla strips. Garnish/top with avocado, cilantro and green onion.

Recipe Notes

For a vegetarian version: feel free to use a can of chickpeas or black beans instead of chicken.

If you want to skip the ranch, you can feel free to use store-bought ranch of choice. I also love to mix 1/4 cup store-bought ranch and 1/2 cup greek yogurt together when I'm feeling a little lazy. Feel free to add hot sauce too.

Nutrition Facts
Spicy Ranch Chopped Chicken Cabbage Salad
Amount Per Serving (1 serving (based on 4))
Calories 492 Calories from Fat 188
% Daily Value*
Fat 20.9g32%
Saturated Fat 2.9g18%
Carbohydrates 45.2g15%
Fiber 7.6g32%
Sugar 14.1g16%
Protein 37.8g76%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.