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Southwest Salad With Grilled Chicken And Fried Plantain

Happy Thursday,  everyone! How is your week going?? We are SO close to the weekend and boy am I ready. The school year is coming to an end making the kids rowdy, and the teachers a little crazy. Hurry up summer!

Lately,  I have been getting into loaded salads. I get different salad kits from Kroger to use as a base, then I add in some sort of meat and a few other items to make it my own and spice it up. This easily feeds my husband and I. We usually have leftovers, too! 

Last night, I bought a southwest kit. It came with lettuce, tortilla strips, shredded cheese, and a greek yogurt jalapeno ranch dressing.  I added cilantro chicken, fire roasted tomatoes, coconut oil fried plantain, and some extra spices. I served the salad with cornbread and it was excellent!! 

Here is the recipe!


  • One Southwest Salad kit (I got mine by the regular lettuce isle at Kroger)
  • 3 chicken breasts 
  • 3 TBSP olive oil 
  • Pinch of cilantro 
  • Salt and pepper 
  • Garlic powder 
  • 1/2 a can of fire roasted tomatoes 
  • 1  plantain 
  • 1 TBSP coconut oil  (for frying plantain)
  • Any other toppings you like (beans, sliced avocado, etc.)


  • Baste chicken breasts with olive oil,  garlic, and salt
  • Cut chicken into small pieces  (tossing out excess fat)
  • Pan fry chicken until no longer pink and add more seasoning to taste
  • While the chicken is cooking, slice your plantain into semi-thin slices
  • Heat coconut oil in a pan and add plantain over a medium to high heat
  • Flip plantain once slightly brown on bottom, then remove from heat once second side is slightly brown
  • Heat tomatoes on the stove until warm
  • In a large bowl add everything from the salad kit (minus the dressing), the chicken, the tomatoes, and any other seasoning or extra toppings you like
  • Toss in dressing and serve!

This was before tossing it all together!

My bowl with a cornbread muffin just because they are so darn tasty!!

I hope you enjoyed this recipe! Have a great rest of your day!

With love, 


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Island Salad  (recreated)

Hi there, everyone! I posted this recipe before, but I realized it got deleted. This is one of my favorites, so I wanted to re-post it for you all! 

Can you tell by the pictures which one is mine? Haha.

Every year, we go to the Outer Banks in North Carolina with my family. My favorite restaurant there is a small little place on a pier, and they make my FAVORITE salad. Eating this while watching the sun go down over the water just might be the best thing ever. 

I made this to serve one, but it would be simple to double or triple.


For the salad:

  • One flatout bread or tortilla 
  • One grilled chicken breast  (marinated in lime dressing)
  • Enough lettuce to fill salad bowl
  • About 3 TBSP black beans
  • 1/4 cup of fire roasted tomatoes 
  • 2 to 3 TBSP shredded cheese 
  • 2 to 3 TBSP sliced almonds 

For the lime dressing: (double if you are marinating your chicken breast in the dressing)

  • 3 TBSP of olive oil
  • 2 TBSP of lime juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F 
  • Place your chicken breast in half of the salad dressing to marinade (this can be done earlier in the day and placed in the fridge until ready to cook)
  • Take your flatout bread or tortilla and place around an oven safe bowl (make sure it is sprayed with cooking oil) and place on a baking sheet 
  • Place tortilla bowl in the oven for about 12-15 minutes (until it is firm enough to hold the salad)
  • While the tortilla bowl is cooking, cut chicken into pieces and cook in a frying pan until no longer pink 
  • Once the bowl is ready, place on a plate and start assembling your salad by adding the lettuce, tomatoes, black beans, shredded cheese, sliced almonds, and grilled chicken 
  • Toss with dressing
  • Dig in!!

I hope this recipe helps with your Monday blues!

Have a great rest of your day!!

With love,