Skinny Southwestern Chicken Salad & Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette

Hey guys!  For this week’s meal prep edition, I’m giving you a little treat!  Not only am I sharing my meal prep from this week, but this one comes in the form of a recipe!  I have been craving a big hearty salad, so I decided to make one for my lunches all week.  This salad is healthy and full of flavor!  And the bonus is that I also made my own dressing and I’m sharing that too.  The recipes are at the bottom of the post.  I hope you try it! 

Skinny Southwestern Chicken Salad with Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette 

This salad is full of southwestern flavors.  It has tons of protein and is low in calories.  I started by marinating my chicken.  I mixed up the marinade and threw it all into a ziplock bag and put it in the fridge for about 6 hours. 


(I would say to let it marinate at least 2 hours.)

Then I grilled it until the insides were done.  I let it sit and cool before I cut it up. 

While it was cooling, I washed, dried, and chopped up my romaine lettuce. 

I drained and rinsed a can of corn and threw it in a skillet.  I let it cook over medium heat until the pieces were starting to turn brown. 

I also drained and rinsed a can of black beans. 

Then I roasted a red pepper.  I put it on a cookie sheet lined with foil and drizzled some olive oil on it.  Normally I would roast it whole, but I had already cut it up before I decided that I wanted to roast it.  I put it in a 400 degree oven for 30 minutes.  The skin was soft and starting to turn black. 

Once the chicken and red pepper were cool I chopped them up and then it was time to start building the salads. 

I put around 2 cups of romaine lettuce into each container.  Then I added the chicken, ¼ cup of black beans, ¼ cup of corn, 2 tablespoons of red peppers, and 2 tablespoons of avocado.  (I will add the avocado each morning so it doesn’t brown.)  Then I garnished it with cilantro.  I love cilantro and can’t get enough! 

Once the salads were done, I made the dressing.  I put all of the ingredients into the blender and blended until they combined.  I poured the dressing into a mason jar and stored it in the refrigerator. 

Simple, quick, and delicious!  This will definitely be going into my rotation of lunches!  I may even start making this for dinner.  

This recipe makes 6 servings: 


For the marinade:

3 tablespoons olive oil

½ cup fresh squeezed lime juice

4 tablespoons fresh chopped cilantro

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 teaspoon brown sugar

1 teaspoon red chili flakes

½ teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon salt

Whisk all ingredients together in a mixing bowl.  Place chicken in a plastic baggie and pour mixture over chicken.  Once bag is closed, shake to coat chicken. 


1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1 can black beans

1 can sweet corn

1 red pepper

2 avocados

Romaine lettuce



¼ cup olive oil

¼ cup balsamic vinegar

1 tablespoon honey

½ cup fresh squeezed lime juice

¼ cup cilantro (or small handful)

2 garlic cloves

1 small jalapeno pepper (optional)

Put all ingredients into a blender and mix well.  Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container.  (I used a mason jar.)

*The dressing makes 8 servings if you use 2 tablespoons as a serving size.*

 Nutritional Information:


Serving size – 1 salad

Calories 288

Carbs 22.5 g

Protein 33.7 g


Serving size – 2 tablespoons

Calories 58

Carbs 3.9 g

Skinny Southwestern Chicken Salad with Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette at Run and Live Happy Skinny Southwestern Chicken Salad with Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette at Run and Live Happy

Along with prepping lunches, I planned out my breakfasts and snacks too. 

Breakfast:  Dannon Light and Fit Greek Yogurt, small banana, Special K cereal

Snacks:  apples, blueberries, carrots, turkey sticks, granola bars

Are you a cilantro fan??

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6 thoughts on “Skinny Southwestern Chicken Salad & Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette

  1. Heather @ Polyglot Jot

    I am obsessed with cilantro! I could understand why someone wouldnt like it though. MY mom always tells me she thinks it tastes like soap?! haha! I think a big hearty salad like this is a favorite of mine for lunches or dinners!

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      lol I’ve heard that it tastes like soap. But I don’t get it. I love it!

  2. Mackenze

    YUM! This looks phenomenal!!!!!

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      It is!! Lol! At least I think so! I loved it, and it was even better with salsa on it!

  3. San

    That looks delicious! Bookmarked!

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      Yay! I hope you like it!

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