Chicken Taco Salad Recipe

Chicken Taco Salad Recipe

This simple Chicken Taco Salad recipe is the perfect healthy lunch for packing and taking to work! Loaded with savory shredded chicken, black beans and veggies, this taco salad will be your new favorite meal prep salad idea!

This simple Chicken Taco Salad recipe is the perfect healthy lunch for packing and taking to work! Loaded with savory shredded chicken, black beans and veggies, this taco salad will be your new favorite way to pack your lunch!

Chicken Taco Salad Recipe

Taco salad is one of those dished that I use to really love to order at a restaurant, but didn’t think to make at home. It’s not that I din’t have the ingredients – I almost always have tomatoes, peppers, black beans and lettuce on hand. However, once I made my Crock Pot Mexican Shredded Chicken, everything changed! This healthy chicken taco salad recipe is one of my new lunchtime favorites, and best of all it’s super easy to throw together.

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One of my big goals this past year (2018) was to have meals, specifically lunches, prepped for myself. Because I work from home, and am on my own schedule, lunchtime often comes and goes. If I don’t pull myself away from my computer, I will skip lunch completely. Much to everyone’s demise, I then become a tall, hangry monster that will eat anything in it’s path. In addition to being hangry, I also become tired, unfocused and completely unproductive with my day. Having these chicken taco salads pre-made in mason jars is the perfect way for me to step away to a lunch that’s already made, and to a healthy choice has already been made!

Here’s how I meal prep these Chicken Taco Salad recipe in a jar:

This simple Chicken Taco Salad recipe is the perfect healthy lunch for packing and taking to work! Loaded with savory shredded chicken, black beans and veggies, this taco salad will be your new favorite way to pack your lunch!

Step 1: Prep your ingredients for your Chicken Taco Salad (for either a single or multiple salads)

For this chicken taco salad recipe, I’ll start with standard ingredients. Feel free to adapt these to what you might have in your fridge or pantry. Here’s what I like to include:

Say goodbye to dry shredded chicken! My super simple recipe Crock Pot Mexican Shredded Chicken will be your new go-to for the juiciest shredded chicken EVER! Perfect for tacos, enchiladas, nachos, burrito bowls and taco salads.

How do I make the shredded chicken for this Chicken Taco Salad recipe?

FYI – This recipe for Crock Pot Mexican Shredded Chicken might be one of the most versatile and well loved recipes that I make. I’ve used it for everything from baked tacos, enchiladas, soup, nachos and quesadillas. The best part about this shredded chicken, is that the prep takes only 5 minutes and the slow cooker does the rest! Seriously, go get this recipe!

If you love this Mexican Shredded Chicken, here are a couple other recipe ideas for using this chicken:

This simple Chicken Taco Salad recipe is the perfect healthy lunch for packing and taking to work! Loaded with savory shredded chicken, black beans and veggies, this taco salad will be your new favorite way to pack your lunch!

Step 2: Build your salad(s)

Building your Chicken Taco Salad in a mason jar, is simply just a matter of layering the ingredients on top of one another. Here’s how I do it:

  • Start with the dressing on the bottom. It’s likely acidic, and therefore, should keep its distance from the lettuce to keep it from wilting. (In the very near future I will be posting about a healthy, homemade avocado dressing. Stay tuned! In the mean time, feel free to add any dressing of your choosing.)
  • Next, add the meat. It will be just fine next to the dressing.
  • Next, add your acidic vegetables like tomatoes and onions (or if you’re using pico de gallo)
  • Next, black beans. These are pretty neutral and hearty and will do well next to the acidic tomatoes.
  • Next, the corn.
  • Next, the avocado or guacamole. This can brown easily so keeping it near the top is ideal.
  • Lastly, top off the jar with your salad greens and then add the lid.

(For exact amounts be sure to reference the full recipe below.)

What are some other ingredients I can use in my Chicken Taco Salad recipe:

  • Cheese: I’m not a big fan of cheese in my salad, but for some it’s just not taco salad without a little shredded cheese. I hear ya. If you are adding cheese, you can add it anywhere in the order. Placing it on top of the meat may be a good spot.
  • Tortilla chips: I definitely enjoy some crunchy tortilla chips in my taco salad. I would NOT recommend adding them to the jar. They will quickly become soggy from the moisture content. Keep these in a separate container, or resealable bag. I will often place them in an individual snack-sized zip bag when I’m building the salads, this way my portion is already done for me, and I won’t be digging into the chip bag, thus over doing it on the crunchy goodness.

This simple Chicken Taco Salad recipe is the perfect healthy lunch for packing and taking to work! Loaded with savory shredded chicken, black beans and veggies, this taco salad will be your new favorite way to pack your lunch!

Step 3: Refrigerate

Your salads are now ready to refrigerate for up to 5 days. I like to make these on the weekend (hello, Meal Prep Sunday!!) and eat during the week. It really helps me stay on track with healthy eating as the healthy choice has already been made. No more wondering, “What am I going to have for lunch?” This is when I inevitably get myself in trouble, as I will tend to not make healthy choices.

This is worth saying again: when you make a healthy choice IN ADVANCE it is much easier to set yourself up for success in the future!

I hope you enjoy this delicious Chicken Taco Salad recipe as much as I do! If you make this recipe, take a photo and tag me on Instagram @delightfulEMade   Thanks, friends! ~Erin

This simple Chicken Taco Salad recipe is the perfect healthy lunch for packing and taking to work! Loaded with savory shredded chicken, black beans and veggies, this taco salad will be your new favorite way to pack your lunch!

If you loved this delicious Chicken Taco Salad recipe, then be sure to check out some of my other meal prep salad recipes and ideas:

This Salmon Cobb Salad Recipe will be your new favorite way to enjoy lunch! Made with grilled salmon, avocados, hard-boiled eggs and more, this Grilled Salmon Salad is healthy, easy to make and incredibly delicious! 

Grilled Salmon Salad – an amazing meal prep salad idea!

 

How about a healthy, easy delicious lunch idea? My Honey Crisp Apple & Sweet Kale Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette is the perfect lunch solution! Assembled in mason jars, these salads stay fresh and crisp for the perfect make-head lunch!

Honey Crisp Apple & Sweet Kale Salad

 

Craving a fresh, crisp entree salad? This savory, and slightly sweet Balsamic Grilled Chicken Salad will totally hit the spot! Made with fresh greens, fruit, pistachios and balsamic grilled chicken, this salad is healthy, filling and completely delicious!

Balsamic Grilled Chicken Salad

 

The perfect entree salad for the meat lover! Loaded with crunchy, delicious kale, Brussels sprouts, shredded broccoli, cabbage and chicory and topped with grilled sirloin steak, this salad is incredible. Fresh, filling and perfect for lunch or a light dinner!

Sweet Kale & Grilled Sirloin Salad

 

Grapefruit & Spinach Salad with Mahi Mahi by Delightful E Made

Grapefruit & Spinach Salad with Glazed Mahi Mahi

 

Delightful E Made Useful Tools

Ball Mason Regular Mouth Quart Jars with Lids and Bands, Set of 3 (Amazon Link): These Ball Quart-sized mason jars are exactly what I use in building my salads for meal prep. Perfect for storing in the refrigerator, and can be washed in the dishwasher.

Cuisinart 6-Quart Multi-Cooker / Slow Cooker (Amazon Link): This slow cooker may just be the hardest working kitchen tool I own. Perfect for making my Crock Pot Mexican Shredded Chicken.

Here’s the recipe for my delicious Chicken Taco Salad recipe:

Nutrition

Calories

346 cal

Fat

24 g

Carbs

26 g

Protein

12 g
Click Here For Full Nutrition, Exchanges, and My Plate Info

Yields 1 salad

Chicken Taco Salad Recipe

This simple Chicken Taco Salad recipe is the perfect healthy lunch for packing and taking to work! Loaded with savory shredded chicken, black beans and veggies, this taco salad will be your new favorite way to pack your lunch!

10 minPrep Time

10 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp. salad dressing (of your choice)
  • 1/2 c. (4 oz.) Mexican shredded chicken
  • 1/4 c. pico de gallo salsa, or tomatoes
  • 1/4 c. bell pepper slices
  • 1/4 c. black beans
  • 1/4 c. corn
  • 1/4 c. avocado, chopped
  • 1 1/2 c. romaine lettuce, torn or chopped
  • 1 serving (about 14-16) tortilla chips
  • Optional: 2 Tbsp. Mexican blend shredded cheese

Instructions

  1. To a 1-quart mason jar, add the dressing at the bottom. Next, add the shredded chicken, then the pico de gallo salsa or tomatoes. Next add the bell pepper slices, the black beans and corn. Next, the avocados and then top the jar with the lettuce. Top with tight fitting lid.
  2. If you choose to add cheese, you can add it any where in the order of ingredients.
  3. To a small snack-sized zip bag or resealable container, pre-portion the tortilla chips.
  4. Refrigerate salad(s) for up to 5 days.

Notes

Be sure to click on the link above for my recipe for Crock Pot Mexican Shredded Chicken.

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This simple Chicken Taco Salad recipe is the perfect healthy lunch for packing and taking to work! Loaded with savory shredded chicken, black beans and veggies, this taco salad will be your new favorite way to pack your lunch!

Comments

  1. Yum!! That chicken looks amazing and the salad aint bad, either! :) Thanks for sharing with us at Fiesta Friday! Mollie

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