Chick-Fil-A Spicy Southwest Salad Recipe is full of flavor. This copycat version taste amazing and we now we can make it at home. This salad is the perfect weeknight meal.

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Chick-Fil-A Southwest Salad Recipe:

Chick-Fil-A Southwest Salad Recipe is one of our favorite salads at the fast food chain, Chick-Fil-A. Topping the salad with spicy chicken really takes the salad to the next level.

This salad is flavorful, spicy and adding in the tortilla strips adds in that extra crunch that we love. We love serving salads for a weeknight meal especially during the summer.

They are quick to make and give us a light, healthy option when it is so hot outside. The ingredients are simple and I am glad that we can make this copycat recipe at home.

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What is in the Chick-Fil-A Southwest Salad?

The southwest salad is loaded with easy, Tex Mex ingredients.

  • Spicy Southwest Chicken – Marinated in easy pantry seasonings, orange juice and oils.
  • Easy Vegetables – Mixed greens, bell peppers, tomatoes and corn are added.
  • Tortilla Strips – We love the crunch that the tortilla strips give.
  • Southwest Salad Dressing – You can use store bought or make your own. Check out Southwest Salad Dressing Recipe.
Ingredients needed - chicken, vinegar, orange juice, avocado oil, seasoning, red bell pepper, mixed greens, grape tomatoes, black beans, corn, cheese, tortilla strips, southwest dressing.

Chick-Fil-A Spicy Southwest Salad Ingredients:

For the Chicken Marinade:

For the Salads:

  • Red Bell Pepper
  • Mixed Greens
  • Grape Tomatoes
  • Black Beans
  • Corn
  • Shredded Colby Jack Cheddar Cheese
  • Tortilla Strips
  • Chili Lime Pepitas (optional)
  • Southwest Salad Dressing

How to make Chick-Fil-A Southwest Salad:

  • Prepare the Marinade – In a medium size bowl mix together all the marinade ingredients. Add in the chicken and coat it in the marinade.
  • Marinate the Chicken – Marinade chicken for at least 30 minutes or overnight.
Close up image of chicken marinating in a clear bowl with a red bell pepper and a bowl of greens.
  • Prepare Oven – Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Place the chicken breasts on a baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.
  • Prepare salad ingredients – While the chicken is cooking prepare the salads.
  • Cut Chicken into strips – Once the chicken is cooked through, let it rest for 5 minutes on the baking sheet and then slice into thin strips.
  • Add salad ingredients to a bowl – In a large mixing bowl toss together the mixed greens, red bell pepper, grape tomatoes, black beans and corn until all the ingredients are thoroughly combined.
Close up image of cook chicken on a plate, a bowl of corn, black beans, grape tomatoes, and salad
  • Add chicken and toppings to salad – Top with the sliced chicken, tortillas strips, shredded cheese, pepitas and drizzle with the creamy salsa dressing. We also like to squeeze a little lime juice.
  • Serve and enjoy
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Is the Spicy Southwest Salad at Chick-Fil-A healthy?

The Spicy Southwest Salad at Chick-Fil-A is one of the highest calorie count menu items. But because the salad is loaded with vegetables and ingredients it does offer many health benefits.

That is one of the many reason why we like making copycat recipes. We can adjust the ingredients and make the salad dressing homemade. Which helps to cut calories.

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Tips for Marinating the Chicken:

  • Preparing Chicken – You can grill the chicken if you prefer. You can also pre-make the chicken ahead of time and store it in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.
Close up image of Spicy Southwest Chicken Salad

Variations for Salad:

  • Add in different salad greens – This salad can easily be made with spinach or romaine lettuce instead of the mixed greens.
  • Roasted Corn – If you can find roasted corn in your freezer section, we prefer to add it to our salad.
  • Chili Powder – For some extra heat, you can add in chili powder for the chicken marinade.
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Print recipe here for Chick-Fil-A Southwest Salad:

Copycat Chick Fil A Southwest Salad

5 from 4 votes
Chick-Fil-A Spicy Southwest Salad Recipe is full of flavor. This copycat version taste amazing and we now we can make it at home.
Prep Time 35 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Servings 6
Cuisine American
Course Salad
Calories 404
Author Eating on a Dime

Ingredients

  • For Chicken Marinade:
  • 3 Chicken Breasts filleted
  • 1/4 cup White Wine Vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp Orange Juice
  • 1 Tbsp Avocado Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Paprika
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper
  • For the Salads:
  • 1 Large Red Bell Pepper chopped
  • 9 cups Mixed Greens
  • 1 cup Grape Tomatoes sliced
  • 1/2 cup Black Beans
  • 1/2 cup Corn
  • 1 cup Shredded Colby Jack Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 cup Tortilla Strips
  • 1/4 cup Pepitas optional
  • 1/2 cup Southwest Salad Dressing – You can use homemade or a store bought option.

Instructions

  • In a medium size bowl mix together all the marinade ingredients. Add in the chicken and coat it in the marinade.
  • Marinade the chicken for at least 30 minutes or overnight.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Place the chicken breasts on a baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F. Once the chicken is cooked through, let it rest for 5 minutes on the baking sheet and then slice into thin strips.
  • While the chicken is cooking prepare the salads.
  • In a large mixing bowl toss together the mixed greens, red bell pepper, grape tomatoes, black beans and corn until all the ingredients are thoroughly combined.
  • Then place the salads. Top with the sliced chicken, tortillas strips, shredded cheese, pepitas and drizzle with the salad dressing.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

You can grill the chicken if you prefer. You can also pre-make the chicken ahead of time and store it in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.
This salad can easily be made with spinach or romaine lettuce instead of the mixed greens.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 404kcal, Carbohydrates 16g, Protein 32g, Fat 23g, Saturated Fat 6g, Polyunsaturated Fat 7g, Monounsaturated Fat 6g, Trans Fat 1g, Cholesterol 96mg, Sodium 664mg, Potassium 776mg, Fiber 3g, Sugar 4g, Vitamin A 1904IU, Vitamin C 48mg, Calcium 164mg, Iron 2mg

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