Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Lime Chicken Chopped Salad with Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing

Boy has March been a crazy weather month.  It's supposed to come in like a lion and out like a lamb right?  The Chicago area has experienced the opposite.  Not so bad at the beginning, some teasing Spring days and then BAM...winter made an ugly, unwanted return.  But today there's been some relief.  Is winter officially over?  I am afraid to call it!  Last time I declared it over and walked my boots down to the basement...4 inches of snow...yuck!
Let's think of something pretty with lots of color to it!

How about...
Lime Chicken Chopped Salad with Cilantro Lime Dressing

Is that pretty or what!
So colorful and the best part?  The Home-made Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing!

This chopped salad has Grilled Lime Chicken, corn, jasmine rice, chopped lettuce, chopped tomato, shredded Monterey Jack cheese and avocado.

The grilled lime chicken is so tender and tasty...

But, here's the real star of this chopped salad!

Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing!

Ingredients to make grilled lime chicken:
2 chicken breasts
1/4 cup olive oil
1 1/2 Tbsp lime juice
1/2 tsp red pepper seasoning
1/2 tsp lime zest
Mix together olive oil, lime juice, red pepper and lime zest.  Toss chicken breasts in the juice.  Marinade for 20-30 minutes.  Grill chicken over a medium hot grill for 15-18 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink.  Set aside and slice after 5-8 minutes.
Ingredients for chopped salad:
shredded lettuce
1 cup Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
chopped tomatoes and avocado
2 cups cooked jasmine rice
Ingredients for Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing:
adapted from The Garden Grazer
1/2 cup fresh chopped cilantro
3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
2 Tbsp mayo
1 Tbsp fresh lime juice
1 Tbsp minced garlic
1/4 olive oil
salt to taste
Add all the ingredients for the dressing into a small food processor.  Pulse until blended.  Add more salt until desired taste.  Pour dressing over salad.

So fresh!
I know, I know...Spring will be here to stay eventually.  
I hope you are experiencing Spring all the time right now!

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