Summer Chicken Taco Salad with Jalapeno Ranch

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Paired with a Farmhouse Ale or Saison

Summer Chicken Taco Salad with Jalapeno Ranch: a refreshing and hearty salad featuring Food Should Taste Good tortilla chips! A simple and delicious jalapeno ranch dressing is made from a traditional ranch dressing base infused with spicy minced jalapeno. It is drizzled on a summer chicken taco salad that has been layered with fresh greens, summer corn, protein-packed black beans, fresh cilantro, and salty cotija cheese. Serve alongside Food Should Taste Good multi-grain tortilla chips and you have the perfect mid-summer meal that’s perfect for entertaining!

Summer Chicken Taco Salad with Jalapeno Ranch: a refreshing and hearty salad featuring Food Should Taste Good tortilla chips! | www.cookingandbeer.com

I’ve been making A LOT of salads this summer. Like A LOT of salads. I think Zach is just about salad(ed) out. I’ve tried to keep it fun and interesting however. Except on cooler days and evenings, I’ve tried to keep the times I need to turn my oven and stovetop on to a minimum. As a result, we have been eating a lot of salads.

Summer Chicken Taco Salad with Jalapeno Ranch: a refreshing and hearty salad featuring Food Should Taste Good tortilla chips! | www.cookingandbeer.com

I am not upset about this. There are so many ways to make salads a main course entree, and this summer chicken taco salad with jalapeno ranch is just one of them. I’m not a huge fan of your typical taco salad, and while tacos are one of my favorite foods on the planet, I’m not a huge fan of your traditional Americanized taco. You know the kind of taco I’m talking about. The kind with the preformed taco shell and the seasoned ground beef. This really isn’t my cup of tea.

So this chicken taco salad is sooooo untraditional, but it’s so delicious you would never even know it. I tried to keep it on the healthy side and topped it with some of my favorite summer ingredients. The best part of these taco salads are the tortilla chips. You always need some crunch on your taco salad, and Food Should Taste Good multi-grain tortilla chips are perfect for the job!

Summer Chicken Taco Salad with Jalapeno Ranch: a refreshing and hearty salad featuring Food Should Taste Good tortilla chips! | www.cookingandbeer.com

I hope you guys enjoy this summer chicken taco salad with jalapeno ranch dressing! Make it before the summer comes to an end! Pair it with a refreshing summer brew like a farmhouse ale or saison. Have a wonderful day everyone! xo

Summer Chicken Taco Salad with Jalapeno Ranch: a refreshing and hearty salad featuring Food Should Taste Good tortilla chips! | www.cookingandbeer.com


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Summer Chicken Taco Salad with Jalapeno Ranch
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
50 min
Yield
4

Ingredients

    Jalapeno Ranch
  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt, plain
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeds and stem removed, finely minced
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon fresh chives, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fresh dill, chopped
  • salt and black pepper
  • Chicken Taco Salad
  • 8 cups fresh greens of choice (I used a mixture of baby spinach and romaine)
  • 2 boneless and skinless chicken breast, fully-cooked and sliced
  • 1 cup canned black beans, drained, rinsed and warmed through slightly
  • 2 cups frozen corn, warmed through slightly (corn off the cob may be used if in season)
  • 2 teaspoons fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 cup crumbled cotija cheese
  • 1 bag Food Should Taste Good multi-grain tortilla chips

Instructions

  • In a medium bowl, combine all of the ingredients for the jalapeno ranch. Whisk to combine fully, cover and refrigerate until you are ready to use.
  • Assemble your salads by dividing the greens among four separate bowls. Top with chicken breast, black beans and corn. Drizzle with jalapeno ranch and sprinkle with fresh cilantro and crumbled cotija cheese.
  • Serve alongside Food Should Taste Good multi-grain tortilla chips and enjoy immediately!
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This post is sponsored by Food Should Taste Good. All opinions are my own.

Summer Chicken Taco Salad with Jalapeno Ranch: a refreshing and hearty salad featuring Food Should Taste Good tortilla chips! | www.cookingandbeer.com

 

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  • Annie Holmes

    Oh man I am so loving this!!

    And I looove FSTG! They have the best chips!

    • http://www.cookingandbeer.com/ Justine@Cooking and Beer

      Thanks, Annie! xoxo

  • Laura O|Petite Allergy Treats

    Summer is salad season in my option and I love this lighter take on taco salad!

    • http://www.cookingandbeer.com/ Justine@Cooking and Beer

      Right?! Thanks Laura!

  • Holly- 3 Yummy Tummies

    This salad looks delicious! I am glad someone else besides me is obsessed with salads. They are perfect for sunmer.

    • http://www.cookingandbeer.com/ Justine@Cooking and Beer

      Thank you so much, Holly!

  • Beth B

    Your food styling is spot on!! I’ll come for dinner if this salad’s on the menu!!

    • http://www.cookingandbeer.com/ Justine@Cooking and Beer

      You’re welcome anytime of course! <3

  • Mariah Mercurio

    I have been making a lot of salads too. It has been too hot for anything else! That jalapeno ranch is calling my name ;-)

    • http://www.cookingandbeer.com/ Justine@Cooking and Beer

      Right?! Thanks girl!

  • http://www.foodfaithfitness.com Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness

    I actually JUST went to a BBQ by Food Should Taste Good! I LOVE their chips. I have been eating salad on the reg’ too, and I’m not mad about it. But, I am mad that it’s not THIS salad. Love that you made it healthier! Pinned!

    • http://www.cookingandbeer.com/ Justine@Cooking and Beer

      Uhhhh jealous on the BBQ! Me too! Thanks so much lady! xoxo

  • Jaren

    I love a good filling salad like this! I need to find those chips too!

    • http://www.cookingandbeer.com/ Justine@Cooking and Beer

      Yes you do! Thanks, Jaren!