Southwest Chicken and Spinach Salad

Get a healthy summer dinner on the table fast with my Southwest Chicken and Spinach Salad! I don’t know about you, but I try to avoid turning my oven on until September if I can help it.  Quick and healthy meals that I can pull together in minutes on busy summer days are a must.  If you are not a fan of spinach, feel free to substitute Romaine lettuce as well.  If you are feeling extra daring, a few slices of avocado would be so yummy on top of this tasty dinner salad.

Southwest Chicken & Spinach Salad
Makes 4 generous dinner sized servings

16 oz baby spinach (I like to use pre-washed organic spinach)
4 green onions, finely sliced and set aside for garnish
4 chicken breasts cut into 1″ chunks
15 oz can of black beans rinsed and drained
16 oz can of whole kernel corn drained
3 T. taco seasoning mix (I like to use a gluten free taco seasoning)
1/2 c. mayonnaise
1/4 c. grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 c. sour cream
1/4 c. milk
1 T. dried parsley
1 t. prepared mustard
1/2 t. minced garlic
1 t. Worcestershire sauce
2-3 t. chili powder
A few pinches of Cayenne to taste

Evenly distribute the spinach into four large salad or pasta bowls and set aside

In a nonstick pan saute the cubed chicken in a few teaspoons of olive oil under golden and no longer pink in the middle.  Add the taco seasoning, 1/3 cup of water, corn, and black beans.  Mix well and simmer until thickened , about 15 minutes.

In a small mixing bowl combine remaining ingredients except the green onions.  I like to use an immersion blender (blender or food processor works great too) to blend the dressing ingredients together well.  Serve the warm chicken and bean mixture over each bowl of spinach, top with dressing and garnish with green onions.

I like to serve with warm corn tortillas and butter, along with tall glasses of fresh lemonade for a easy summer dinner that comes together in less than thirty minutes!

Wishing you a summer full of good memories and time with family and friends (and hopefully a little less time in the kitchen 🙂 
xoxo, Tanya

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Comments

  1. Oh my goodness….this looks so delicious! I am totally pinning this! Thanks for the inspiration!

    blessings,
    karianne

  2. Looks fast, easy and good! All my requirements for a great recipe. I've got it pinned and its one that I'll really make….probably tonight. Thanks,

    Lynn

  3. I just had to follow up and let you know we LOVED this recipe. It's now on our favorites list!

  4. I couldn’t resist commenting. Perfectly written!

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