Southwest Superfood Salad with Grilled Citrus Chicken

Southwest Salad with Citrus Chicken- a quick, healthy and gourmet salad with savory cabbage, red cabbage, radishes, carrots, and kale with a tangy chipotle ranch dressing and shredded cheddar cheese and crunchy tortilla strips and citrus grilled chicken.
Last December I worked with Eat Smart to develop a Soy Lime Shrimp to be served with their Ginger Bok Choy Salad Kit and since then my lunch time has been dramatically different. I was a lazy luncher- either purchasing something on the run or grabbing a frozen TV meal. I wanted to eat salads every day, but the time to prep an interesting salad was not in my busy schedule. Eat Smart introduced me to their line of chef-inspired salad kits that include all the necessary ingredients for a sophisticated salad.  Now I grab a bag and go! Eat Smart Salad Kits

I was thrilled to be asked to try the newest superfood salads, one of which being the Southwest Superfood Salad. Just opening the bag, you get a whiff of sweet fresh veggies. The Southwest Superfood Salad is based on Tex-Mex flavors and includes savory cabbage, red cabbage, radishes, carrots, and kale with a tangy chipotle ranch dressing and shredded cheddar cheese and crunchy tortilla strips. Bright, colorful, crisp and convenient, I look forward to my lunch and know that I will be energized for the afternoon rush without feeling weighed down.

Southwest Salad with Citrus Chicken- a quick, healthy and gourmet salad with savory cabbage, red cabbage, radishes, carrots, and kale with a tangy chipotle ranch dressing and shredded cheddar cheese and crunchy tortilla strips and citrus grilled chicken.

One of the things I love about Eat Smart Salad Kits is that each of the ingredients is packaged separately so they all stay fresh until ready to eat. At work, I pour the desired amounts into my salad bowl, secure the tops of each packet with a paperclip and put the whole bag back into the refrigerator. I’ve even turned several friends and co-workers onto the idea. With 9 varieties of superfood and plant-powered protein salad kits, I never get bored.

Southwest Salad with Citrus Chicken- a quick, healthy and gourmet salad with savory cabbage, red cabbage, radishes, carrots, and kale with a tangy chipotle ranch dressing and shredded cheddar cheese and crunchy tortilla strips and citrus grilled chicken.

While I frequently just grab a bag and go, I also use Eat Smart Salad Kits for dinner by adding a simple protein to make a well-rounded and satisfying meal. For the Southwest Superfood Salad, a Grilled Citrus Chicken seemed to pair perfectly and can be served hot off the grill or prepared ahead of time and chilled. Make sure you check out my 7 tips for more interesting salads before you starting chopping!

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Southwest Salad with Citrus Chicken- a quick, healthy and gourmet salad with savory cabbage, red cabbage, radishes, carrots, and kale with a tangy chipotle ranch dressing and shredded cheddar cheese and crunchy tortilla strips and citrus grilled chicken.
Grilled Citrus Chicken
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 
Grilled Citrus Chicken is a simple marinade for chicken, perfect for topping a Southwest Superfood Salad.
Author: Jessica at Savory Experiments
Ingredients
  • 4 chicken breasts boneless and skinless
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • Zest of one lemon
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 1 garlic glove finely minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup light virgin olive oil
Instructions
  1. Cut slits into each chicken breast about 1/2 inch apart and only cutting half way through the breasts. This will help the marinade sink in and cook quicker on the grill.
  2. Combine the remaining ingredients in a large plastic bag along with chicken. Marinate for 10-30 minutes.
  3. Heat grill to medium-high heat. Spray with grill approved cooking spray and place chicken directly over heat. Cook for 5-7 minutes on each side, or until done. Since the sizes of chicken varies greatly, so will the cooking times.
  4. Remove and cut into strips along pre-made slits. Serve immediately over Eat Smart Superfood Salad or refrigerate and serve chilled.
Recipe Notes

Chicken can also be baked at 350 degrees for approximately 15-20 minutes or until fully cooked.

Which of the Eat Smart Gourmet Salad Kits would you like to try?

Sweet Kale |  Southwest  |  Wild Greens and Quinoa  |  Beets and Greens  |  Roasted Yam  |  Ginger Bok Choy  |  BBQ Ranch  |  Super Caesar   

For more information, please visit eatsmart.net.

Southwest Salad with Citrus Chicken- a quick, healthy and gourmet salad with savory cabbage, red cabbage, radishes, carrots, and kale with a tangy chipotle ranch dressing and shredded cheddar cheese and crunchy tortilla strips and citrus grilled chicken. I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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Comments

Michael

Hi, the recipe is absolutely awesome. I can confirm that grilled is better than baked, but it’s awesome anyway. Thank you very much!

    Savory Experiments

    Grilled is almost always better than baked in my book, but if grilled isn’t possible, baked is a runner up! Thanks for stopping by!

KC the Kitchen Chopper

You had me at “SuperFoods” Jessica. Gorgeous, delicious and healthful. Yes Please!!

Loriann Cargill Bustos

You had me at southwest! Love the freshness of this salad.

Meagan

This looks fabulous! I can’t wait to add this one to my lunches. I’m always looking for great dishes with chicken so I can stay healthy. Love it!

Barb

I would love to be able to grab a salad kit. Having it be a southwest kit would be a bonus! Thanks for sharing.

Melanie

Citrus chicken? It sounds yum!

Cathy @ Our Mini Family

This salad is so bright and looks so refreshing! And I love the grilled citrus chicken! Mmm!

Debra

This looks absolutely amazing! I can’t wait to try it!

Kim @ 2justByou

You had me at “citrus chicken!”

kristi@ishouldbemoppingthefloor

This looks like a fresh and delicious salad! I’m excited to try it!

Kallee

What a wonderful delicious and refreshing meal

LydiaF

I always have good intentions when I buy a bunch of produce for salads. Despite my efforts I end up with a drawer full of disappointment. There are times when a kit would make things a lot easier.

    Savory Experiments

    I do the same thing and end up with wasted veggies.

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