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Grilled Cilantro Lime Chicken Salad

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A tangy and hearty salad of fresh veggies, grilled cilantro lime chicken, and a homemade creamy cilantro dressing.

Overhead view of cilantro lime chicken salad

I love making big salads that pack in flavor, nutrients, and protein.  The star of this salad is the juicy Grilled Cilantro Lime Chicken. The recipe shows chicken thighs, which has a ton of flavor. You can also use the marinade on chicken breast, tenders, or even shrimp.

Three pieces of cilantro lime chicken with a slice of lime and cilantro.

My favorite is when the chicken is still hot off the grill and it wilts the lettuce, so you get a warm and cold effect. Also, if you’ve never tried grilled Romaine, I highly recommend it. Check out my Grilled Romaine Recipe.

You can also wait for the chicken to cool down if you prefer your salad cold.

Dressing and Toppings

While the chicken is grilling, prep the salad ingredients and dressing.

Recipe for Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing.

Feature image of dressing in a glass bottle.

Making homemade dressing isn’t complicated, and the best part is that you control the sodium and adjust to your preference.

For the toppings, feel free to use canned black beans and corn. Just be sure rinse and drain them.

Slice some cherry tomatoes, an avocado, and romaine lettuce. You can also do some pickled onions, cilantro, and jalapeno slices.

How to Serve and Store

Assemble the salad with the lettuce on the bottom, toppings and sliced cilantro lime chicken.

Overhead view of salad with a side of dressing and limes.

To meal prep the salad or for leftovers, store the toppings in individual container and the dressing separately. I also don’t add the avocado until the day I’m eating it. Or buy these handy avocado singles.

Check out these other delicious salad recipes: Thai Beef Salad or Kale and Quinoa

Grilled chicken, avocado, corn, black beans, and tomatoes in a bowl.

Grilled Cilantro Lime Chicken Salad Recipe

A tangy and hearty salad of fresh veggies, grilled cilantro lime chicken, and a homemade creamy cilantro dressing.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4


  • 4 Cilantro Lime Chicken Pieces Recipe Here
  • 1 cup Cilantro Lime Dressing Recipe Here
  • 4 cups Romaine Lettuce chopped
  • 1 cup Cherry Tomatoes halved
  • 1 can Black Beans canned, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can Corn or grilled corn on the cob and sliced off.
  • 1 Avocado diced
  • Optional Toppings: Jalapenos, Onions, or Cilantro.



For meal prep, store salad ingredients in a mason jar with dressing in a small container. Store chicken in a separate container for re-heating.
More Salad Recipes:
Thai Beef Salad
Kale and Quinoa Salad


Calories: 546kcalCarbohydrates: 47gProtein: 35gFat: 27gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 6gMonounsaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 88mgSodium: 395mgPotassium: 1171mgFiber: 13gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 4929IUVitamin C: 29mgCalcium: 94mgIron: 4mg

Nutritional information is provided as an estimate only and depends on ingredients and amounts used. Thai Caliente makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information.

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