Layered Chicken Taco Salad

Need an impressive looking salad for a picnic this weekend? Try making a Layered Chicken Taco Salad. Kid and adult friendly!!

Layered Chicken Taco Salad: a delicious layered salad that's perfect for dinner! Bring to your next potluck or picnic too!

This month was our big road trip. It was amazing and memorable and I haven’t even sat down to work on pictures from the trip yet. Here’s one thing I can tell you, we consumed 8lbs of Red Vines on our 3 week road trip. We actually consumed 8lbs of Red vines in two weeks, but I refused to buy another tub for week 3. Especially since I probably consumed about 6 of those 8lbs. No joke. I even came home 6 pounds heavier!

So of course, we get home from vacation, and I have been making my family eat salad every day for dinner. When you spend 3 weeks on a road trip you don’t necessarily eat very healthy. As much as we would try, we failed. So I’m balancing the month out by eating 6lbs of lettuce. That’s fair right?

Layered Chicken Taco Salad: a delicious layered salad that's perfect for dinner! Bring to your next potluck or picnic too!

Salad can get boring for dinner, fortunately this Chicken Taco Salad is FAR from boring! It’s one of my favorite salads!

The dressing is super simple too: mix equal amounts of French dressing with your favorite salsa. I like to use a HOT salsa to pair with the sweet French dressing, but choose what you like! My family can tolerate a little heat.

We were in Arizona in August after all. Hahahahaha. I crack myself up! No, really though, we went to Arizona as part of our road trip. In August. When it was 118 degrees outside. Every snack in our car melted during the day. Heck, I MELTED during the day too!

Layered Chicken Taco Salad: a delicious layered salad that's perfect for dinner! Bring to your next potluck or picnic too!

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Layered Chicken Taco Salad: a delicious layered salad that's perfect for dinner! Bring to your next potluck or picnic too!

Layered Chicken Taco Salad

Yield: serves 6

Prep Time: 15 minutes


  • 3 cup Romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 3 cup fresh spinach
  • 2 cup cooked chicken, shredded or diced
  • 2 can (11oz each) Mexicorn, whole kernel corn with red and green peppers, drained
  • 3 large Roma tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cup shredded Colby-Jack cheese
  • 2 green onions, chopped (tops too)
  • 1 1/2 cup southwest tortilla strips (or chips)
  • 2 Tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 3/4 cup salsa
  • 3/4 cup French dressing


  1. In a large glass bowl, layer half of the lettuce and spinach. Top with tomatoes, corn, chicken and remaining lettuce and spinach. Top with cheese.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together with salsa with French dressing. Pour over top of cheese. Garnish with cilantro, green onions and tortilla strips.

Here are some other salads my family has enjoyed this month:

Mandarin Chicken Salad


Spinach and Bacon Salad


Love tacos? Try out this Taco Pizza. It’s one of our favorite “non salad” dinners!


Layered Chicken Taco Salad: a delicious layered salad that's perfect for dinner! Bring to your next potluck or picnic too!

40 comments on “Layered Chicken Taco Salad”

  1. Yum! Love the idea of a layered taco salad!

  2. Taco salad in all its forms is probably my favorite salad. I never thought to mix french dressing with salsa though. I usually just use straight salsa on it. I’ll have to give that a try!

  3. Taco salads are one of my favorite types of salads to eat. Love that these have the tortilla strips on top! Have a great weekend Aimee!

  4. Chicken taco salad is a favorite of mine — that’s all I order when I go out to Mexican food! I can imagine 3 weeks on the road would result in gaining weight — it’s inevitable. 6 lbs of lettuce oughtta do the trick!

  5. These colors are so festive! It should put everyone into a partying mood!

  6. Girl, I am so in love with this salad! It’s going on the menu for this week!

  7. My family loves taco salad and it’s so pretty on a buffet table when served in a large glass bowl as you have it here. I’m intrigued with the whole French dressing combo.

  8. Wow, this salad looks delicious and a beautiful presentation. My husbands family lives in Arizona. On my first visit there I thought I was gonna die! I felt like the sun was going to set me on fire! lol

  9. Mmm, I like the combo of French dressing and salsa! I bet that gives it a ton of flavor. And tortilla strips – my favorite salad “crouton” of all time:)

  10. This salad looks delicious! I love all the bright, festive colors. 🙂
    I make my family eat salad every day for lunch. haha! And I love to find new and different ways to make it interesting.
    Pinning this! 🙂

  11. French dressing and salsa? I’m liking the sound of that! This is such a gorgeous looking salad!

  12. This is a salad that I can never get sick of and that says a lot!

  13. Taco salad is my favorite!!! And this is gorgeous!

  14. I think I could get used to eating salads (MAYBEEEE) if they included the word “taco” in them more. 😉 Can’t wait to see photos from the road trip! And keep posting more awesome salads! Who knows, I may end up becoming a salad-lover heehee.

  15. I could eat taco salad all day long. I never thought of mixing French’s with salsa – definitely giving that a go next time!

  16. Such a fun idea for a party! Love this! Looks so yummy too! Just pinned it! xo-Jamielyn@iheartnaptime

  17. Oh goodness, I’m drooling over this salad. Taco salad is my favorite 🙂 and this recipe is perfection!

  18. Ant Trishy

    I would add some avocado too!! Diced….

  19. Carrie Grasty

    What a great recipe! We had the layered chicken taco salad for dinner tonight and it was a huge hit! Thanks for the great recipe!

  20. Yum! I need to take a salad to a picnic next weekend and this will be perfect! Thank you!!!

  21. I have never been good at making a taco salad but I am excited about trying this one. Thanks for sharing.

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  28. Wendy Gutierrez

    If you don’t mind me asking, where did you find your bowl? I have been looking for one that is deep with straight sides for a seven layer salad and I cannot find one.

  29. Chantal

    When you say french dressing, is it the one that is orange color?
    I don’t live in the US…
    Thanks! 🙂

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