Mexican Chicken Salad

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 30 min
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Inactive: 15 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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1/4 red onion, thinly sliced

1 bunch cilantro, leaves picked

1 cup crumbled Cotija or feta cheese (about 4 ounces)

cup buttermilk

Juice of 1 lime, plus wedges for serving

2 red jalapeno peppers, halved, seeded and thinly sliced

Kosher salt

12 cups chopped mixed salad greens (such as romaine and watercress)

12 cups chopped mixed salad greens (such as romaine and watercress) 

3 cups shredded rotisserie chicken breast (skin removed)

2 cups chopped peeled jicama

cup thinly sliced radishes

4 corn tortillas, warmed


  1. Put the red onion in a small bowl and cover with cold water; set aside at least 15 minutes. Meanwhile, make the dressing: Combine half each of the cilantro and cheese in a food processor or blender; add the buttermilk, lime juice and about one-quarter of the sliced jalapenos and puree. Season with salt.
  2. Toss the salad greens with the remaining cilantro and half of the dressing in a large bowl. Drain the red onion and squeeze dry. Serve the salad topped with the onion, chicken, jicama, radishes and the remaining sliced jalapenos, cheese and dressing. Serve with tortillas and lime wedges.