Southwestern Chicken Salad Recipe – Fresh Express 30 Day Salad Swap

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Back when I was a kid, salad just wasn’t what it is today. It usually involved shredded iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, mayo, and maybe some cucumbers or avocado. I wasn’t too impressed but honestly, I didn’t know the difference. Nevertheless, I still fostered a love of vegetables and salads in particular. 

When the opportunity came to participate in the Fresh Express 30 Day Salad Swap with Moms Meet, I thought, “Now this is a campaign I can get behind (and shovel into my mouth)!” The premise is simple – swap one meal a day for a salad. To make this not only foolproof but quick and easy for us busy moms, there is – you guessed it! – an app for that, in addition to the Salad Swap website. You can choose from a list of foods that you’re craving – such as burritos, burgers, and chili, and the app will give you the salad alternative for that meal. I’ve been buying Fresh Express salads for quite some time now, and have never been disappointed by them, and I feel confident that you won’t, either.


Because I’m from the southwest, and because I’m fueled by burritos, I opted to swap my beloved burrito for a Southwestern Chicken Salad. I cheated a bit and bought pre-cooked organic chicken breast strips, but this would be great with grilled chicken as well.

FYI, every good southwestern recipe starts with fresh cilantro ;)

Southwestern Chicken Salad via http://www.foodforyourcell.comI tested this recipe out on my BFF, who also happens to be my handyman. He’s happy to receive payment for services in the form of home cooked meals. There wasn’t a speck of food left on his plate, so I’m calling this a success! Continue reading after the recipe for links to coupons for Fresh Express salads!

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Southwestern Chicken Salad
Serves 4
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  1. 1 package Fresh Express American
  2. 2 cups (8 oz) grilled chicken strips
  3. 1/2 cup reduced-fat monterey jack cheese, shredded
  4. 1/2 cup reduced fat cheddar cheese, shredded
  5. 2 plum tomatoes, quartered
  6. 1 cup frozen corn, thawed
  7. 1 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  8. 1/4 tsp fresh cracked black pepper
  9. 1/4 cup fresh chopped cilantro
  10. Sour cream (optional)
  11. Salsa (optional)
Chicken Marinade
  1. 1/4 cup diced roasted green chile
  2. 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  3. 1 tbsp olive oil
  4. 1/2 tsp cumin
  5. 2 garlic cloves, minced
  1. 1/2 cup Ranch dressing
  1. Coat raw chicken in marinade 1-2 hours prior to grilling or baking.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the salad, corn, cilantro, tomatoes, lime juice, and cheese. Top each serving with chicken and black pepper and drizzle with dressing. Add a scoop of sour cream and salsa for an extra southwestern kick.
Food For Your Cell
By signing up at Salad Swap, you not only get their helpful recipes, but for every two bags of salad you purchase, Fresh Express will mail you a coupon. If you enter 15 salad bag codes within the 30 days after signing up, you’ll get $50 in coupons* to use throughout the year. The way I see it, Fresh Express is practically giving away their salads. You can click on over to their website to see the wide variety of products they carry and yes – they have organic. You can also pick up a coupon by visiting GreenMomsMeet. Want more? Like Fresh Express on Facebook and follow them on Pinterest.

*Coupons valid in the US only.

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  1. Marwa Farouq says:

    This is an excellent recipe and what i love about it the most is its lightness but in the same time it has all the required ingredients!
    Thanks for sharing

    Passing by from the Momma Rambling link up

  2. Sue says:

    I do buy Fresh Express on and off so I will probably click over for a coupon. What a fun post and “chicken salad” anything are favorites at our house too. I’m pinning it to save it for later too.

    • says:

      I could do that, but I love ranch dressing. I don’t use much though because, as a previous commenter said, mixing the sour cream and salsa together is almost enough by itself. I use the packets of Ranch dip actually, and just mix it to my taste, which is less “ranchy” than a bottle of dressing, and since I’m using less, there’s less sodium and other junk in it. I wonder what the secret is to ranch that makes it taste so unique? I’ve never heard of anyone being able to replicate it. Hmm. I need to research this :)

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