Chopped Chicken Salad with Cafe Rio Salad Dressing
Chopped Chicken Salad with Cafe Rio Salad Dressing is a delicious salad to make at home with all the flavors that make Cafe Rio Chicken Salad so popular!
Mexican food fans who live in Utah are probably fans of Cafe Rio and most Cafe Rio fans love the big salads that this fresh-Mex restaurant is so famous for! And that includes me, and since I had a great recipe for the Tomatillo Ranch Cafe Rio Salad Dressing, I thought it would be fun to try to to come up with a carb-conscious salad with those amazing Cafe Rio flavors.
My Chopped Chicken Salad with Cafe Rio Salad Dressing has chopped cooked chicken that’s marinated in Cafe Rio Salad Dressing, romaine lettuce, avocado, tomatoes, black beans, and cilantro. I skipped the tortilla that’s the bottom layer in Cafe Rio salads as well as the rice and the tortilla strips, and you can skip the black beans too if you want a lower-carb version of this tasty salad. And I didn’t have the Cotija Cheese or the Pico de Gallo that Cafe Rio sprinkles on the salads, but I’d love both of those added if you have it on hand.
If you like Cafe Rio or want to see what the buzz is about, I hope you’ll the tasty salad I came up with. I promise this salad will re-create that Cafe Rio happy mouth feeling that people in Utah love to enjoy!
What ingredients are in the Cafe Rio Salads?
Here’s the actual description of Salads from the Cafe Rio website: “We know, it looks almost too good to be true. A large freshmade flour tortilla, baked with cheese and filled with black or pinto beans, cilantro lime rice, your choice of chicken, pork, beef and romaine lettuce. Topped with Pico de Gallo, fresh guacamole, tortilla strips, cilantro, cotija cheese and your choice of insanely delicious dressing that will leave your tastebuds on their knees begging for more.” What do you think? Are you ready to go there and try the salad?
How to Make Chopped Chicken Salad with Cafe Rio Salad Dressing:
(Scroll down for complete recipe with nutritional information.)
- Start by making some Cafe Rio Salad Dressing and have it chilling in the fridge.
- You can use leftover rotisserie chicken, but if you don’t have any leftover chicken, just poach two boneless-skinless chicken breasts in barely simmering water for about 15 minutes.
- When it’s cool, chop up the chicken into bite-sized pieces.
- Toss the diced chicken with four tablespoons of the Cafe Rio Salad Dressing and let it marinate while you prep the other ingredients.
- Dump the beans into a colander placed in the sink and rinse well with cold water and let them drain drain. (If you want lower-carbs, just omit the beans.)
- Chop up two heads romaine lettuce and give it a good spin in the salad spinner (affiliate link) or wash lettuce and dry with paper towels.
- Cut cherry tomatoes in half to make about 1 cup of cherry tomato halves.
- Chop one bunch of cilantro and crisp it in the salad spinner and spin dry.
- Cut up the avocados and toss with 1 T lime juice.
- Combine the lettuce, tomatoes, black beans (if using), and cilantro and toss with enough dressing to moisten.
- Then stir in the chicken and dressing it was marinating in.
- Divide into bowls and top each one with a couple of generous spoonfuls of avocado; enjoy!
I hope you enjoy this tasty Cafe Rio Chopped Chicken Salad! Check the recipe for tips for making this a Weekend Food Prep meal to be eaten later.
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Weekend Food Prep:
This recipe has been added to a new category called Weekend Food Prep to help you find recipes you can prep or cook on the weekend and eat during the week!
If you don't have leftover rotisserie chicken, poach 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts for 15 minutes, let cool, and dice the chicken. Omit black beans if you want a lower-carb salad. Beans, lettuce and avocados are all high in fiber, so if you're looking at the carbs for this recipe be sure to check the fiber to see the net carbs. This recipe created by Kalyn to indulge her love of Cafe Rio Salad Dressing! Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 634Total Fat: 33gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 23gCholesterol: 165mgSodium: 1095mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 17gSugar: 4gProtein: 57g
If you don't have leftover rotisserie chicken, poach 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts for 15 minutes, let cool, and dice the chicken. Omit black beans if you want a lower-carb salad.
Beans, lettuce and avocados are all high in fiber, so if you're looking at the carbs for this recipe be sure to check the fiber to see the net carbs.
This recipe created by Kalyn to indulge her love of Cafe Rio Salad Dressing!
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet/ South Beach Diet Suggestions:
This Cafe Rio Chopped Chicken Salad would be approved for any phase of the original South Beach Diet or another type of low-glycemic diet. Don’t overdo it on the dressing or the avocado if you’re eating this for South Beach. For a traditional low-carb eating plan, you can make this salad low in carbs by omitting the black beans.
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