I could eat mexican flavors for every meal. Well, except breakfast.
But man I love cilantro and a little bit of spice. I realize there are so many more flavors than only those two things but those two are my favorite aspects of mexican dishes.
I needed a fast, filling, and flavorful option for lunch this summer and after making this salad a few times I decided this was going to be my “auto-pilot” option for weekday lunches.
I typically mix a bag of mixed greens with a bag of a pre-chopped southwest salad mix. I’ve found great pre-chopped bagged salads at ALDI, Trader Joes, and Harris Teeter. They come with toppings which I usually discard simply out of personal preference.
I top the salad with grilled chicken that is marinaded in some kind of cilantro lime marinade. I usually ask Justin to grill these up at the beginning of the week so I can have them ready to go for lunchtime every day. He’s the grill master these days and they always turn out perfect.
Finally I’ll add a sliced avocado, typically a little less than one half, and top it with the Trader Joe’s Green Goddess salad dressing that is DELISH!
If I’m craving a little crunch I’ll crush up some tortilla chips but I sometimes skip this step. This salad would also be great with some grilled corn, tomatoes, or even pepper jack cheese. There are so many options to make it exactly what you’d like it to be.
Between the chicken and the avocado it keeps me full until dinner and has been my go-to all summer long!