Cilantro Lime Chicken Chop Salad

cilantro lime chicken chop salad

I am not a big fan of mall food  – that is unless we are eating at the Nordstrom Cafe.  A delicious little cafe tucked away upstairs next to the Point of View Department at our Nordstroms.  Their food is wonderful and my favorite dish to order there is their Cilantro Lime Chicken Salad.

I was craving it the other day and didn’t want to make a trip to the mall so I decided to create my own version at home.  I needed to take a salad to a St. Patrick’s Day dinner.  Now I must admit cilantro and lime are not too Irish but they are green!  And so was the lettuce so I decided it qualified.  Let’s just say, after they tasted it, none of the dinner guests complained.  It was delicious.

Since it was a side dish for our yummy dinner of corn beef and cabbage I didn’t put the chicken in but for dinner last night I turned it into the main dish by adding chicken just like Nordstrom’s does.  I don’t know what it is about a chop salad that I love so much but I love a good chop salad so I made it into a  cilantro lime chicken chop salad.  I think it is having everything chopped up into nice little small bite size pieces.

Cilantro Lime Chicken Chop Salad www.yourhomebasedmom.comI chopped up some tomato, chicken, lettuce and red pepper and combined it with some corn and roasted pumpkin seeds.  Isn’t it pretty!

Cilantro Lime Chicken Chop SaladI combined all of that with a dressing made up of rice vinegar, lime juice, garlic, chipotle chilies, honey, oil and cilantro.

Cilantro Lime Chicken Chop Salad

I served some nice crunchy bread with the Cilantro Lime Chicken Chop Salad and we had a complete meal.

Cilantro Lime Chicken Chop Salad

Other favorite salads that are a meal:

Chicken Pasta Salad

BBQ Chicken Salad

Chicken Napa Salad

Crunchy Asian Chicken Salad

Asian Pork and Cabbage Salad


Leigh Anne


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Cilantro Lime Chicken Chop Salad


  • Makes slightly more than 1 cup
  • 1/3 C seasoned rice vinegar
  • 1/4 C lime juice
  • 1 tsp garlic
  • 2 tsps chipotle chilies in adobo sauce, chopped small
  • 2 tsps honey
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 C canola oil
  • 1 C cilantro
  • Salad
  • Use amounts need for the number of people you are feeding.
  • romaine lettuce, chopped
  • tomato, chopped
  • roasted red pepper, chopped
  • corn
  • pumpkin seeds, toasted
  • monterey jack cheese, shredded (I accidently left it out!)
  • Chicken, cut up


  • Chop cilantro
  • Puree chilies in food processor
  • Add all dressing ingredients except oil and cilantro to processor and blend
  • Slowly add oil into processor to form emulsion
  • Add in cilantro and pulse to combine
  • Toss the dressing with chopped romaine lettuce, corn, chicken, tomatoes, cheese, roasted red pepper and toasted pumpkin seeds.


  1. 1
    Lisa says:

    This looks amazing! Will definitely be adding this to my “must try” recipe list!

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    Cilantro and chicken are my favorite together! And now I can do something else with the two…instead of always in a taco. Thank you for sharing this amazing salad…commence drooling! (=
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    I love cilantro! This salad looks like a perfect lunch for today. Awesome!
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    auntie m says:

    I’ll be making this for my 89 year old mom soon! She loves the Nordstrom’s version, but it’s getting harder for her to make the trip. Thanks from both of us!

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    Karen Morgan says:

    Thank you, thank you! That was the best salad and dressing! Can’t wait to try it with the chicken.
    You are so gracious to share your recipes with us. Some people hoard their “secret” recipes… I love for your generous nature. You are making the world better…. one meal at a time.
    Again… thanks!

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    Marm says:

    Just wondering if you can buy roasted red peppers and pumpkin seeds or if you roast them yourself. Also what exactly is seasoned rice vinegar. What flavor and/or brand did you use? This salad looks delicious and like a nice break from the ordinary.

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      Leigh Anne says:

      I bought the red peppers roasted in a jar from Trader Joes. I did toast the pumpkin seeds myself (I bought them in bulk at Winco) and then just toasted them in the microwave. The seasoned rice vinegar is usually found in the Asian section of the store and the brand was Mitsukan. Enjoy!

  7. 7

    This looks so good! I’m pinning this and hopefully making sometime soon! I would love it if you shared this at my party

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    Tieghan says:

    I love how light and fresh this is! Perfect weeknight meal!
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    Mackenzie says:

    I have been craving salads like crazy the past few weeks; this sounds (and looks) amazing! I can’t wait to try it! Leigh Anne, thanks for sharing, I’ll be sure to let you know how it turns out! :)
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  10. 10

    Leigh Ann, these pictures pictures are making my mouth water right now. It looks delicious, and sounds super light and refreshing. It is definitely the next salad on my list. Pinning now!

    Thanks so much for sharing!

  11. 11

    I am from Mexico so lime and cilantro are a must!! This looks delicious! First time visiting. I hope you link sometime-

  12. 12
    Leslie says:

    Leigh Ann. So glad that I found this recipe. I love everything about it (chicken,cilantro and that it is a chop salad). So glad I saw you link on cheerios and lattes. Thanks for sharing.
    Would love for you to stop by and say hi.

  13. 13
    Crystal says:

    Delicious!! Can’t wait to try it!! Thanks for the great recipe!!

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    Valerie M. says:

    Looks so good! I love salads.
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    Michelle says:

    This looks amazing. Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday.
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    Christi says:

    What a perfect healthy lunch! Thanks for sharing!
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    Hi – I have to say this really caught my eye at the Marvelous Monday party! Love healthy looking salads! Will also be following you through FB.. Deb
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    Michelle says:

    Beautiful salad! I love the sound of the dressing w/ lime & honey. Thank you for linking this week!
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    This looks AMAZING! Pinning it! Thanks for linking up to Monday Funday!
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  20. 20

    Oh yum – this looks so good. I can’t wait to try it (I spent a few minutes debating whether I had the ingredients to make it right now at 9:40pm!).
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  21. 21

    This is a great way to spice up an ordinary chicken salad. Can’t wait to try it. Pinning!
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  22. 22

    This looks very yummy! I love the unique salad dressing ingredients- can’t wait to try. Love the way the salad ingredients are presented- we do that too! It makes it seem like more of a meal.
    Sherri @The Well Floured Kitchen recently posted..Carrot Bread with Whipped Orange Cream Cheese

  23. 23

    Corn and pumpkin seeds! Whyat wonderful additions…… I BET it’s yummy!

    hugs x
    Crystelle Boutique
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  24. 24

    Oh my gosh! That is the prettiest salad ever! I love everything in it! The dressing sounds amazing as well! I’ll be trying this one all summer I’m sure!
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    Jeni says:

    It looks so pretty and delicious!
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  26. 26

    This looks delicious! Thanks for sharing!

  27. 27

    This salad looks so good! I’m definitely going to make this. Thank you for sharing this at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House! Hope to see your prettiness again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  28. 28

    What a wonderful Salad! I will need to try this real soon~Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines Stopping by from See You in the Gumbo
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  29. 29

    What a gorgeous salad! I love anything with cilantro, lime, and/or chicken – I know you made this just for me! :-) Thanks so much for linking up at What’s in Your Kitchen Wednesday. You always have the best recipes!
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  30. 30
    Natalie says:

    Thank you for another wonderful salad recipe! I made this for my family last night and we all loved it! It was fresh-tasting and delicious!! You always post great, doable recipes.

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    Dorene Johnson says:

    Just wanted to let you know on the Cilantro Lime Chicken Chopped Salad that chicken is not listed under salad ingredients. I usually look at the list of ingredients, buy them and then read the directions. I know Chicken is in the title but knowing me I would have missed it. I’m going to make this for 5 of my 7 sisters in a couple of weeks when they come to AZ. Thanks for the recipe, looks perfect for a yummy lunch.

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    Janelle says:

    I made this for dinner last week and my family loved it. My 8 year old even had seconds!

  33. 33

    Leigh Anne – I made this for my family tonight and we loved it. The dressing is out of this world flavorful. I only had about half the cilantro you call for and it was still great…I’m sure its even better with the whole cup. The chipotle flavor really made it, too. I forgot this was inspired by Nordstrom’s cafe. That will make my husband like it even more – its his favorite store:-). I have only eaten there once, but it was really good!

    Thanks for a great recipe!

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    Rae says:

    YUM! This is a MUST TRY! I will most definitely be putting this on a menu soon!
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    C says:

    This looks divine!! You had me at the Lime and Cilantro…one of my favorite combo’s EVER!!! Totally pinning this!! Thanks!!!


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