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Easy Chicken Fiesta Salad

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Variety is the spice of life they say, and I’m the first to admit salads can get boring! When I start to feel this way I know it’s time to make this chicken fiesta salad. Crunchy colorful peppers, creamy guacamole, and zesty homemade salsa (if it’s the season!) make this one of my favorite meals.

For simplicity, I plan this salad on the same week we’re having tacos so I don’t have to chop ingredients twice.

Here’s how to make it!

Chicken Fiesta Salad in a Mason Jar

I know I said that salads are one of my favorite lunches (and they are!), but some days are too crazy to have time to make lunch. Usually, I can glance at my calendar ahead of time and know when those days are coming up and plan accordingly. This fiesta salad is great for packing in mason jars in advance for a quick grab-and-go lunch.

The key to any mason jar salad is to make sure the wet ingredients are in the bottom of the jar and the salad greens and shredded cheese are on top. For this one, I build up from the bottom with salsa, avocado/guacamole, sour cream, chicken, veggies, and finally the lettuce and cheese.

I sometimes add black beans, diced tomatoes, and onions, or a squeeze of lime juice for a little tangy brightness. (One of these days I might try making a chipotle dressing like the one in this post combined with my own recipe for chipotle mayo… yum!)

To eat, just shake, grab a fork, and dig in! You can make them child-size too by using a smaller non-glass container.

More Favorite Salad Recipes

  • Asian Color Burst Salad – A simple salad of greens, meat, sunflower seeds, and roasted beets, with an Asian coconut ginger vinaigrette
  • Avocado BLT Salad – Salad greens topped with crispy bacon, sweet cherry tomatoes, avocado, and a tangy lemon mustard vinaigrette
  • Fish Taco Salad – All the delicious ingredients of fish tacos with the extra nutrients of a salad
  • Spring Salad With Berries – A very different take from this chicken fiesta salad, but that’s what keeps things interesting! This flavorful and fresh salad combines almond crusted chicken, goat cheese, strawberries, pecans, and dried cranberries on a bed of lettuce

Chicken Fiesta Salad Recipe

A delicious chicken fiesta salad with leftover chicken, cucumber, bell peppers, and avocados. Top it with salsa, sour cream, and shredded cheese.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Calories 361kcal
Author Katie Wells


4 salads



  • Divide washed salad greens among four plates.
  • Top with all remaining ingredients.
  • Enjoy. Olé!


Nutrition Facts
Chicken Fiesta Salad Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 large salad)
Calories 361 Calories from Fat 200
% Daily Value*
Fat 22.2g34%
Saturated Fat 9.2g58%
Cholesterol 64mg21%
Sodium 659mg29%
Carbohydrates 20.8g7%
Fiber 7.2g30%
Sugar 5.1g6%
Protein 23g46%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


This recipe works well for a mason jar salad. Simply place salsa in the bottom, followed by guacamole, sour cream, bell pepper, cucumber, chicken, cilantro, lettuce, and shredded cheese. 

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What is your favorite salad recipe? Do you have your own version of taco salad?

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About Katie Wells

Katie Wells, CTNC, MCHC, Founder of Wellness Mama and Co-founder of Wellnesse, has a background in research, journalism, and nutrition. As a mom of six, she turned to research and took health into her own hands to find answers to her health problems. WellnessMama.com is the culmination of her thousands of hours of research and all posts are medically reviewed and verified by the Wellness Mama research team. Katie is also the author of the bestselling books The Wellness Mama Cookbook and The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox.


6 responses to “Easy Chicken Fiesta Salad”

  1. Tina Avatar

    5 stars
    I finally made this salad last night and it was amazing! My daughter (who hates all things yogurt) loved it and my Meat and Potatoes husband had three helpings. Thanks for the yummy recipe!

  2. Tom Zuniga Avatar
    Tom Zuniga

    My name is Tom and I am a gym rat. I personally do not diet because clean eating is not a diet it is a commitment to eat clean smart food. I do not consider meats raised on grains and antibiotics clean
    eating. By the way, plants are the only thing that produce protein. Cows raised in pastures that eat
    grass(not grains) have protein in there systems. I also do not eat dairy products. The salads you posted
    sound great for a restaurant but for wellness… not even close. I wish you could include smart healthy
    salads. I have tried some of your salad dressing’s and they are great. I find too many people posting
    ideas of health and wellness that haven’t a clue.

  3. Nancy E. Sutton Avatar
    Nancy E. Sutton

    5 stars
    Thanks for all these salad recipes. I plant to heat/simmer SOME (including leftovers) until veggies etc are tender (and maybe extra-mince the meat), add more cheese or ‘sauce’, and call it a casserole, because we have a family member who cannot chew very well. Just any idea for anyone with the same challenge.

  4. Melody Avatar

    I have been a vegetarian for most of my life (25 years), and I am not going to get into an argument over meat vs. meatless diets. (I actually gave up meat because I don’t like it and am grossed-out by it. Over the years, however, I have found myriad other reasons to be glad that I am meat-free. (Let’s not get into the whole farming industry…plenty of documentaries and books on that…we could be here all week.) I just want to ask how a vegetarian (not vegan, by the way) can follow your diet philosophy. The very smell of meats such as beef and pork makes me nauseous. (Organ meats–pass the barf bag! I am very sensitive to smell.) Do you have vegetarian alternatives for your diet, or is it a meat eaters-only thing?

  5. Kelsey Avatar

    Hi Katie!

    This recipes looks amazing! I’m putting together a post for my lifestyle blog on tasty salads you’ll actually want to eat. I’d love to include your Chicken Fiesta Salad in it. Let me know if you have any problems with this. You can check out my blog at http://www.kelseysays.com.

    Enjoy your day!

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