Chicken and Chickpea Chopped Salad with Cilantro Lime Dressing

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  • The inspiration for this salad is going to seem very strange. Are you ready? Tinsley Harper. Yes, my 6 1/2 month old baby girl was the inspiration behind a chopped salad. Let me explain.

    Chicken and Chickpea Chopped Salad with Cilantro Lime Dressing

     

    Since turning 6 months old, Tinsley has been experimenting with lots of new foods. Sweet potatoes, oatmeal, rice cereal, carrots and maybe a bite of cup cake and ice cream for her daddy’s birthday.
    (I know, call the cops!)

    The other recent new foods she has had are avocado and hummus. She’s still not quite sure how she feels about avocado, but she just gobbles the hummus up! I’ve made her a baby friendly version of my classic hummus recipe and given her bites of mashed avocado here and there, but since she doesn’t eat much there are some yummy leftovers for me! I wanted to come up with a light dish with the leftover chickpeas and avocado and this chopped salad was the perfect thing. It’s so healthy! It’s full of protein, fiber, healthy fats and paired with the simple cilantro lime dressing, it’s bursting with flavor!

    Chicken and Chickpea Chopped Salad
    2 hearts of romaine lettuce
    2 C cooked chicken, pulled, shredded or chopped
    1 C canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed
    1 C grape tomatoes, halved
    1 C golden tomatoes, halved
    1 C corn, grilled or tossed in the skillet
    1/2 avocado, cut into cubes
    2 T feta cheese

    Easy Cilantro Lime Dressing
    Zest and juice of 1 large lime
    1 bunch of cilantro
    2 T olive oil
    Pinch of salt

    Rinse lettuce and pat dry with paper towels. Chop into bite sized pieces and layer in a large bowl. Top lettuce with chicken, chickpeas, tomatoes, corn, avocado and cheese.
    For the dressing, put all 4 ingredients in a food processor, blender or magic bullet. Blend until smooth.
    Top salad with dressing and serve immediately.

    If you are not serving the salad right away, cover and refrigerate. Top with avocado and dressing right before serving.

    When I was layering this together, it kind of reminded me of my grandma’s 7 layer salad recipe I posted a while back. Check it out! And thanks Tinsley for the yummy salad idea! :)

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06520805344618945498 Party Box Design

      that looks amazing! will totally have to make it… plus the dressing is simple and fresh! thanks for sharing!

      • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16973924525398266766 Cookin’ Cowgirl

        Thank you, I hope you try and like it! I LOVED this dressing! It really reminds me of my favorite salad at The Cheesecake Factory. The dressing is SO fresh and delicious and since I used very little oil, this one is healthy too. :) Mmmmm

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16673247906489727742 Night Chayde

      Ohhh yummy! I need to make this!! Following you on GFC and facebook. I would love it if you followed me back..Oh man my stomach is growling for all this food.

      Nightchayde