Grilled Chicken Salad with Zesty Jalapeño Dressing


Elevate your salad game with the Grilled Chicken Salad with Zesty Jalapeño Dressing! This dish combines juicy, grilled chicken breast with a crisp mix of greens and a bold, spicy dressing. It's a perfect meal for those seeking a balance of healthful ingredients without compromising on flavor.

Grilled Chicken Salad with Zesty Jalapeño Dressing

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Serves: 4
  • Serving Size: 1 salad portion

Nutritional Profile (per serving)

  • Calories: 320 kcal
  • Protein: 25g
  • Carbohydrates: 12g
  • Fat: 18g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Sodium: 280mg


  • Chicken Breast, boneless and skinless: 450g (1 lb / 16 oz)
  • Mixed Salad Greens: 200g (7 oz / 0.44 lb)
  • Cherry Tomatoes, halved: 100g (3.5 oz / 0.22 lb)
  • Cucumber, sliced: 100g (3.5 oz / 0.22 lb)
  • Red Onion, thinly sliced: 50g (1.8 oz / 0.11 lb)
  • For the Jalapeño Dressing:
    • Jalapeño Pepper, seeded and chopped: 1 medium
    • Olive Oil: 60 ml (2 oz / 0.125 lb)
    • Lime Juice: 30 ml (1 oz / 0.06 lb)
    • Garlic, minced: 5g (0.18 oz / 0.01 lb)
    • Honey: 15g (0.5 oz / 0.03 lb)
    • Salt and Pepper: To taste
  • Olive Oil: For grilling
  • Salt and Pepper: For seasoning

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. Grill the chicken: Season chicken breasts with salt, pepper, and a bit of olive oil. Grill over medium heat until cooked through. Let it rest, then slice.
  2. Prepare the dressing: Blend the jalapeño, olive oil, lime juice, garlic, honey, salt, and pepper until smooth.
  3. Assemble the salad: In a large bowl, toss the salad greens, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, and red onion.
  4. Serve: Divide the salad among plates, top with grilled chicken slices, and drizzle with jalapeño dressing.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Let the chicken rest for a few minutes after grilling for juicier slices.
  • Adjust the amount of jalapeño in the dressing to suit your spice preference.
  • Add avocado slices or nuts for extra richness and texture.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I use a different type of meat?

Yes, grilled shrimp or steak are great alternatives.

How can I make this salad vegan?

Replace the chicken with grilled tofu or chickpeas.

Can I prepare the dressing ahead of time?

Absolutely, it can be refrigerated for up to 3 days.