Chicken Fajita Salad

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We’ve really been enjoying our end-of-summer garden produce with as many salads as possible before winter! We just got back from an amazing trip to Iceland where we did our best to eat healthy. But there were definitely at least 2 days where neither one of us had either a fruit or veggie.

Circumstances can get interesting while you’re traveling, and we’ve been craving fresh veggies like crazy since coming home. We ate lots of cooked veggies in the last few weeks, but not a single salad. And I’ll have to say I came home extra grateful for the simple things like a stove that doesn’t run out of fuel. Or for a kitchen sink to easily wash veggies and make a salad!

Sheet Pan Fajita Salad Bowls | Get Inspired Everyday!
Sheet Pan Fajita Salad Bowls | Get Inspired Everyday!

We love sheet pan dinners, but it’s taken me a couple of years to make the connection that I could also use the whole sheet pan method for salads.

Sheet Pan Fajita Salad Bowls | Get Inspired Everyday!

The chicken and veggies get roasted together with spices all in one sheet pan.

Sheet Pan Fajita Salad Bowls | Get Inspired Everyday!

While everything is roasting, you assemble the salad and make the dressing.

Once the chicken and veggies are cool enough to handle, chop/slice the chicken up and arrange/toss the salad together.

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This recipe is also fantastic for salad jars. You simply layer in the ingredients starting with the dressing, then veggies and chicken, then cherry tomatoes and lettuce. I like to store the pumpkin seeds separately so they remain crunchy and I add the avocado right before I eat the salad jar.

Sheet Pan Fajita Salad Bowls | Get Inspired Everyday!
Sheet Pan Fajita Salad Bowls | Get Inspired Everyday!
Sheet Pan Fajita Salad Bowls | Get Inspired Everyday!

I have lots of upcoming fall yumminess planned, and if you have any requests, be sure and let me know! But before those vine-ripe tomatoes disappear for another season, be sure and try this salad out because it’s just packed with flavor.

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Sheet Pan Fajita Salad Bowls | Get Inspired Everyday!

Sheet Pan Fajita Salad Bowls


Ingredients

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Sheet Pan Chicken and Veggies:

  • 1 pkg boneless skinless chicken thighs, about 1 1/2 pounds
  • 2 red bell peppers, 1 pound
  • 2 red onions, 1 1/2 pounds
  • 1 Tablespoon ground cumin
  • 2 Teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 Teaspoon chipotle chili powder
  • 1 Teaspoon sea salt, or to taste

Salad Ingredients:

  • 8 cups chopped romaine, washed and dried
  • 2 cups halved cherry tomatoes, I used orange Sungolds
  • 1 ripe avocado, sliced or diced
  • 1/4 cup toasted pumpkin seeds

Cilantro Dressing:

  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 Teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/3 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 Teaspoon sea salt, or season to taste
  • 2 Teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 2/3 cup avocado oil, or olive oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 450ºF and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Prepare the bell peppers by coring them, slicing in half, and removing the seeds. Then slice them into 1/4-1/2″ slices lengthwise. For the onions, cut off both ends, and peel away the tough outer layer. Slice them in half from the top to the bottom, and lay the halves flat side down on the cutting board. Cut across them into 1/4-1/2″ half moon shaped slices.
  3. Place the chicken and prepared veggies on the lined baking sheet. Mix together the spices and sprinkle them over the top. Toss lightly to mix, and place in the oven to roast for 20-25 minutes, or until the veggies are crisp tender, and the chicken is no longer pink.
  4. While the chicken and veggies roast, prepare the salad ingredients, and place them into a large serving bowl.
  5. For the dressing place all the ingredients into a blender except the oil, and blend on low until combined. Drizzle in the avocado oil with the blender running until the dressing is completely emulsified, but with small pieces of cilantro remaining.
  6. When the chicken and veggies are done, remove them from the oven. When they’re cool enough to handle, cube/slice up the chicken and arrange them over the top of the salad, or toss the warm chicken and veggies together with the salad ingredients.
  7. Serve immediately with the dressing on the side, or toss as much as you’d like together with the salad.

Notes

The dressing recipe makes about 1 cup of dressing, and can be used on any salad of your choice as well.
To make this recipe into salad jars, layer 1/4 cup of dressing each into 4-32oz quart mason jars. Then top evenly with 1/4 of the veggies and chicken into each jar. And finally top the chicken and veggies with cherry tomatoes and divide the lettuce evenly. Secure the lids and store in the refrigerator for 4-5 days. Add the pumpkin seeds and avocado when you’re ready to eat the salad.

  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins

8 thoughts on “Chicken Fajita Salad”

    • I don’t currently have a good system to add the nutritional information to my recipes, but hopefully that’s something we’ll be able to add in the future! If you want to know the nutritional breakdown you can use an online nutrition calculator, Spark Recipes has a pretty good one and I’ll email you the link. 🙂

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  1. Oh my goodness, Kari. This sounds like the PERFECT kind of lunch or dinner for a weekday, and I’m drooling over the guacamole dressing because, well, I can’t ever get enough of that! Thanks so much for sharing this, and I absolutely cannot wait to try it out!

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  2. I say, do get carried away as much as you can Kari, if this is the end result, then I’m all for it!
    I love everything about it, the chicken, the guacamole dressing, it’s fantastic!

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    • I definitely love getting carried away, but I really try to keep it accessible! I don’t tend to make my own recipes very often if they get too complicated or time consuming – but sometimes it’s really worth it!

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