Southwest Chicken and Black Bean Salad

Southwest Chicken and Black Bean Salad

This Southwest Chicken and Black Bean Salad bursts with flavor, thanks to crisp and colorful bell peppers, shredded cheddar cheese, succulent grilled chicken, black beans that marinate in the dressing.

Packing salad in Mason jars is a handy trick for avoiding soggy salads at the office. It makes meal prep a breeze, and because the layers keep ingredients separate, these jars can keep fresh for days. With a lunch like this one, you definitely won’t be tempted by the greasy cafeteria or the fast food drive-thru.

When packing this black bean salad into your jars, the general rule of thumb is to put your wettest ingredients at the bottom of the jar, followed by the heavier ingredients. This includes things like dressing and beans.

If you’re storing the jars over a number of days, it’s best to add any perishable proteins as close to the day-of as possible.

So make sure you leave room in the jar for the grilled chicken or another protein source. Before eating, pour the salad out into a bowl and toss to combine the ingredients and distribute the dressing.

This Southwest Chicken and Black Bean Salad is bursting with flavor, thanks to black beans, crisp bell peppers, shredded cheddar cheese and grilled chicken.
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Southwest Chicken and Black Bean Salad

Goodbye, sad salad. This vibrant Southwest Chicken and Black Bean Salad is bursting with flavor, makes meal prep a breeze, and stays fresh for days.

Course Salad
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 435 kcal
Author Beachbody

Ingredients

  • 3 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • ½ tsp. lemon pepper
  • 4 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups black beans
  • 3 cups sliced orange bell peppers
  • 3 cups sliced red bell peppers
  • 1 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 2 cups chopped tomatoes
  • 3 cups sliced grilled chicken breast
  • ½ cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup chopped fresh cilantro

Instructions

  1. To make dressing, combine vinegar, lemon juice, and lemon pepper in a medium bowl; whisk to blend.

  2. Slowly add oil while whisking; mix well. Evenly divide dressing between 4 one-quart Mason jars. Set aside.

  3. Evenly layer beans, bell peppers, onion, tomatoes, chicken, cheese, and cilantro on top of dressing in jars. 

  4. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days. Shake before serving. 

Recipe Notes

The Nutrition Facts box below provides estimated nutritional information for this recipe.
Nutrition Facts
Southwest Chicken and Black Bean Salad
Amount Per Serving (1 Serving)
Calories 435 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g 22%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 104mg 35%
Sodium 488mg 20%
Total Carbohydrates 33g 11%
Dietary Fiber 9g 36%
Sugars 15g
Protein 43g 86%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

This Southwest Chicken and Black Bean Salad is bursting with flavor, thanks to black beans, crisp bell peppers, shredded cheddar cheese and grilled chicken.

This Southwest Chicken and Black Bean Salad is bursting with flavor, thanks to black beans, crisp bell peppers, shredded cheddar cheese and grilled chicken.

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A great lunch option. Replace beans with more veggies for dinner.

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