Chicken Taco Salad Recipe – My BEST EASY Healthy Chicken Taco Salad

southwest chicken taco salad is chicken main dish salad for healthy chicken taco salad

Chicken Taco Rice Salad Recipe – Family-Friendly Healthy Chicken Taco Salad Recipe!

Chicken Taco Salad recipe is one of my favorite  light meals.  What can be better? Simple among the main dish salad recipes, it is a light enough southwest chicken taco salad for the ladies and hearty enough to please the men. Who doesn’t like tacos? All ages request this recipe whenever I make it!  It is delicious, easy to put together and fulfilling. Plus, this healthy chicken taco salad recipe from my cookbook, Eating Well To Fight Arthritis is one of my favorite simple anti inflammatory recipes! The kids love this recipe because it includes the word “taco.” Leftover grilled chicken breasts or rotisserie chicken turn chicken into main dish salad recipes. I have the best healthy easy recipes on my healthy food blog to inspire healthy cooking! I can’t wait for you to try some of them.

Southwest Chicken Taco Salad Is Best of Main Dish Salad Recipes


My arthritis cookbook includes healthy easy recipes to help fight arthritis pain with anti inflammatory diet recipes. I believe in simple recipes for healthy cooking and for better health. Arthritis diet recipes can feed the entire family. Who doesn’t love a southwest chicken taco salad.

In fact, this arthritis cookbook is basically a easy healthy cookbook for everyday cooking! My goal is to inspire you to eat healthy but have fun doing so! What you eat can help fight inflammation!

I always have a kitchen scissors in my kitchen and really like using them to cut up chicken.  I actually use kitchen scissors for everything in the kitchen and they are one of my favorite kitchen gadgets.  Definitely pick up a pair of kitchen scissors for your kitchen.  Here’s some for you to check out.



 Heavy Duty Kitchen Shears by Le Gusto | Best Multi Purpose Scissors KitchenAid Shears with Soft Grip Handles, Black Ado Glo Kitchen Shears – Stainless Steel Multi Purpose Kitchen Scissors 

Add Rice To Chicken Taco Salad Recipe For Hearty Healthy Chicken Taco Salad Recipe

There is a healthy combination of flavors with black beans, mixed greens and cherry tomatoes  for an amazing southwest chicken taco salad.  I love satisfying main dish salad recipes and I also think Rotisserie chicken was the greatest invention ever because it simplifies this recipe from Eating Well To Fight Arthritis.  This scrumptious salad makes a more substantial entree salad. More than just a salad, this entree chicken salad includes rice tossed with the greens. One of my favorite things to do with leftover chicken is to make main dish salad recipes–dinner the next day. I am always craving this recipe so I keep the ingredients on hand.

 Chicken Taco Rice Salad recipe from Eating Well to Fight Arthritis

This favorite toss-together southwest chicken taco salad includes simple ingredients and big flavor. This is one of those main dish salad recipes everyone raves about. This mixture with rice and mixed greens makes this main dish salad recipe a little different than your typical one.  I LOVE the Salsa Vinaigrette but you can use your favorite bottled vinaigrette too.

Makes 6 (2-cup) servings

1 (5-ounce) package yellow rice
6 cups mixed salad greens
2 cups skinless rotisserie chicken, shredded
1 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup grape or cherry tomato halves
1/2 cup chopped red onion
1/2 cup shredded, reduced-fat, sharp Cheddar cheese
Salsa Vinaigrette, (recipe follows)

1. Prepare rice according to package directions. Cool. Set aside.
2. In large bowl, combine cooled rice and all ingredients.  Toss with Salsa Vinaigrette (see recipe).

Salsa Vinaigrette

A few ingredients magically create this great-tasting vinaigrette. Save any leftover vinaigrette for another time. I use this vinaigrette on lots of southwestern salads and the Salsa Vinaigrette perfectly complements the southwest chicken taco salad recipe.

Makes 1 1/2 cups

1 cup salsa
2 teaspoons chili powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon lime juice
2 tablespoons olive oil

1. In small bowl, whisk together all ingredients.

Nutritional information per serving: Calories 327 kcal, Calories from Fat 29%, Fat 11 g, Saturated Fat 3 g, Cholesterol 57 mg, Sodium 923 mg, Carbohydrates 36 g, Dietary Fiber 6 g, Total Sugars 4 g, Protein 23 g, Dietary Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 vegetable, 2 1/2 lean meat

Nutrition Nugget: Think of beans as the nutritional crouton. Sprinkle beans on salad, in casseroles and soups to boost your fiber intake. Use your favorite type beans or whatever you have in your pantry.

Main Dish Salad Recipes Makes Quick Chicken Dinners

Main dish salad recipes are great and especially when they are about eating healthy. I know you enjoyed my healthy chicken taco salad recipe. Next, try another one of my main dish salad recipes, Mediterranean Chicken Spinach Salad, from Gulf Coast Favorites cookbook for another super supper! Remember to use Rotisserie or leftover chicken.  I make eating healthy simple with easy chicken main dish salads for busy days. If you’re looking for a great gluten-free recipe, try my Fruity Quinoa Salad from my arthritis cookbook also.


 trim&TERRIFIC KITCHEN 101 EATING WELL TO FIGHT ARTHRITIS  Trim & Terrific Gulf Coast Favorites trim&TERRIFIC Too Hot in the Kitchen

Holly Clegg
Follow Me

Holly Clegg

With over 1 MILLION COOKBOOKS sold, Holly Clegg has become a culinary expert on easy healthy everyday recipes through her nationally recognized best-selling trim&TERRIFIC® and Eating Well cookbook series, including Eating Well Through Cancer, (English, Spanish and Chinese editions), Eating Well to Fight Arthritis and Diabetic Cooking with the ADA. Clegg attended the Cordon Bleu Cooking School, London and has appeared on Fox & Friends, NBC Weekend Today, QVC, The 700 Club, USA Today, Cooking Light Magazine, Web MD, and Huff Post. She consulted and did spokesperson work for Walmart, Teflon, DuPont, The Coca-Cola Company, and hospitals throughout the country. For more information, visit About Holly or The Healthy Cooking Blog for more recipes and tips.
Holly Clegg
Follow Me

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *