BBQ Chicken Salad with Creamy BBQ Cilantro Lime Dressing

Published on Jan 14, 2012
Updated on Oct 29, 2018

BBQ Chicken Salad with Creamy BBQ Cilantro Lime Dressing // The creamy cilantro lime dressing compliments this BBQ Chicken Salad SO well.  You'll be wanting more! | Tried and TastyOh my lands. This salad is soooooo yummy!!! I’m talking: Y.UMMY. The dressing is awesome. I used black pepper mayo, so I kept the cayenne to a minimum – even still it packed a pretty big punch. The one problem I would say I had with this salad was, THERE WASN’T ENOUGH!!!! It was that good people. It was that good.

BBQ Chicken Salad with Creamy BBQ Cilantro Lime Dressing

Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: BBQ Chicken Salad with Creamy BBQ Cilantro Lime Dressing
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Marinate: 6 hours
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 517 kcal
Author: Yvonne

BBQ Chicken Salad with Creamy BBQ Cilantro Lime Dressing makes for a great lunch.  You'll love the creamy dressing!



  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 1/4-1/2 cup of barbecue sauce to marinade optional, but recommended
  • 1 head bibb lettuce washed & chopped
  • 1/2 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1 clove of garlic minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 can black beans drained & rinsed
  • 1/2 can corn
  • salt & pepper to taste


  • 2/3 cup mayonnaise light or regular
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk sour cream, or nonfat greek yogurt
  • 2 Tablespoons milk
  • Small handful of fresh cilantro finely chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1 garlic clove finely minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/3 cup BBQ sauce


  1. Combine olive oil, lime juice, garlic, cumin, chili powder, black beans and corn. Add salt and pepper to taste. ingredients in a small bowl and whisk to combine. Add beans & corn, season with salt & pepper. Store in refrigerator until ready to use.
  2. Marinate chicken in BBQ sauce about 6 hours.
  3. Preheat grill, and cook chicken until done. Remove from heat and let "rest" for about 5-10 minutes. Chicken can even be made ahead of time & refrigerated.
  4. For the dressing, combine all the ingredients together and whisk (or shake, if using a jar) vigorously to combine. You could also run this through a blender to make it even more smooth. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  5. Assemble lettuce, black bean & corn succotash, and top with chicken. Drizzle with additional BBQ sauce, followed by the dressing.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from Adapted from Erins Food Files

Nutrition Facts
BBQ Chicken Salad with Creamy BBQ Cilantro Lime Dressing
Amount Per Serving
Calories 517 Calories from Fat 306
% Daily Value*
Fat 34g52%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 90mg30%
Sodium 1131mg49%
Potassium 741mg21%
Carbohydrates 25g8%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 19g21%
Protein 27g54%
Vitamin A 960IU19%
Vitamin C 7.8mg9%
Calcium 78mg8%
Iron 1.6mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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4 comments about “BBQ Chicken Salad with Creamy BBQ Cilantro Lime Dressing

  1. Kaija

    Yvonne! I totally stumbled across your blog looking for a BBQ chicken salad recipe and I totally KNOW YOU! I can’t remember where but I do! I am Kaija. Anyways, what a great weight loss story! Way to go!!

    1. Yvonne

      Kaija! I know exactly how I know you! When I lived at The Falls – I was roommates with Alaina and Nicole. So happy you found me :) Thanks for checking out my story!

  2. Stacie

    I put this recipe into my meal calendar for February! Can’t wait to try it out! I can tell just by the picture that my husband is going to LOVE it :)

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