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southwest salad

Southwest Salad Recipe

  • Author: Emily Dingmann
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: Southwest


This southwest salad recipe is perfect for meal prep lunches! No fast food needed here, learn how to make this EASY southwestern salad at home!


  • 1 1/2 lb. chicken thighs
  • 1/2 cup bbq sauce
  • 3 heads romaine
  • 3 cups frozen corn (roasted if possible)
  • 1 (14.5 oz.) can black beans
  • 3 small cucumbers
  • ranch dressing 
  • optional extras: avocado, tomato


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Brush chicken with 1/4 cup bbq sauce, coating both sides. Bake for 15 minutes. Brush with remaining 1/4 cup bbq sauce and bake for another 5-10 minutes, or until cooked through. Set aside.
  3. Meanwhile, prep salad ingredients.
    Wash and chop romaine lettuce.
    Thaw frozen corn.
    Rinse and dry black beans.
    Dice cucumber.
    Dice tomatoes if desired.
  4. Divide ingredients in containers: layer beans and corn on the bottom, followed by cucumber, tomato, and lettuce on the top. If you want to heat the chicken before serving, store in a separate container, otherwise the chicken can go on the bottom. Store dressing separately and if including avocado, don’t cut until you are ready to eat.


  • Nutrition facts include 2 tablespoons ranch dressing per salad. 

Keywords: southwest salad, southwest salad meal prep, lunch