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Chipotle Cheddar Chopped Salad

  • Author: Ali
  • Prep Time: 25 mins
  • Cook Time: 0 mins
  • Total Time: 25 mins
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings 1x


This chipotle cheddar chopped salad recipe is full of the most delicious mix of crunchy greens, sharp cheddar, tender chicken, fresh herbs and veggies, and a creamy chipotle honey-lime dressing.  See notes above for possible ingredient substitutions!



Salad Ingredients:

  • 5 cups chopped Romaine lettuce
  • 2 cups chopped red cabbage
  • 2 cups crushed tortilla chips
  • 2 cups diced or shredded cooked chicken
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2/3 cup shredded carrots
  • 2/3 cup roasted pepitas (or your choice of nuts/seeds)
  • 1/2 cup finely-diced red onions
  • 1 large avocado, peeled, pitted and diced

Chipotle Lime Dressing Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 large chipotle in adobo sauce
  • 3 tablespoons freshly-squeezed lime juice
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons honey, to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt


  1. Make the dressing: Toss all of the ingredients in a blender and pulse until smooth. (Or alternately, you can finely chop the chipotle by hand, then just stir all of the ingredients together until combined.)
  2. Toss the salad. Combine all of the salad ingredients in a large mixing bowl.  Drizzle with the dressing, then toss until evenly combined.
  3. Serve. Serve immediately, garnished with extra shredded cheese and chopped tortilla chips if desired.


Source: Recipe is inspired by Dole’s famous chipotle cheddar chopped salad.