prep time: 5 mins
cook time: 15 mins
total time: 20 minutes
1 bag southwestern salad mix
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 avocado, cubed
¼ cup nuts or seeds (if not included in the salad mix)
shredded chicken, quinoa, or other protein of choice
Cook the chicken (or other protein). For shredded chicken cook one pound of chicken breasts in the Instant Pot (15 minutes) or slow cooker (3-4 hours) with a jar of salsa or some taco seasoning.
Toss your salad ingredients together. Drizzle on the dressing and enjoy!
The salad mix I use has lots of cabbage, carrots, kale, cilantro, green onions, as well as some toppings. A good salad mix (like this one) is very important for making this cheater’s salad worth your while. This is not an iceberg lettuce situation. It is fresh, nutritious veggies pre-chopped with some yummy extras to boot.
I don’t recommend making this all at once for one person – I just cook all of the chicken, keep it in the fridge, and then assemble salads throughout the week as I’m ready to eat them.