Layered Chicken Taco Salad

by aimee @ shugarysweets on August 30, 2013

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!

If you missed the highlights from my trip, you can check out my instagram. We had such a blast!

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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

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Yield: serves 6


  • 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.


**drained and rinsed black beans would be a great addition to this recipe! **use your favorite brand of salsa for this recipe!

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!


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Kathy August 30, 2013 at 9:24 pm

Yum! Love the idea of a layered taco salad!
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Trish August 30, 2013 at 9:50 pm

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!
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kathee June 2, 2014 at 1:58 pm

Salsa mixed equally with Zesty Italian is great also… never tired it on salad… but it is great on nachos…. yummm


Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet August 30, 2013 at 11:03 pm

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!
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aimee @ shugarysweets August 31, 2013 at 8:38 am

I pretty much put those tortilla strips on everything :)


Nora September 19, 2013 at 8:45 pm

Or straight from the pkg.


Marcie@Flavorthemoments August 31, 2013 at 3:07 am

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!
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aimee @ shugarysweets August 31, 2013 at 8:38 am

If only lettuce were the only food I was eating :)


Eva @ Eva Bakes August 31, 2013 at 8:15 am

These colors are so festive! It should put everyone into a partying mood!
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Nora (Buttercream Fanatic) August 31, 2013 at 10:01 am

Holy Moly! That is a thing of beauty!
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Karly August 31, 2013 at 10:42 am

Girl, I am so in love with this salad! It’s going on the menu for this week!
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Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pig August 31, 2013 at 11:28 am

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.
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Cindy @ Pick Fresh Foods August 31, 2013 at 12:03 pm

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
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Mary Frances @ The Sweet {Tooth} Life August 31, 2013 at 3:52 pm

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:)
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Abbie @ Needs Salt August 31, 2013 at 6:37 pm

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! :)
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Jocelyn @BruCrew Life August 31, 2013 at 11:19 pm

French dressing and salsa? I’m liking the sound of that! This is such a gorgeous looking salad!
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Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry September 1, 2013 at 2:24 pm

This is a salad that I can never get sick of and that says a lot!
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Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust September 1, 2013 at 6:52 pm

Taco salad is my favorite!!! And this is gorgeous!
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Jess @ On Sugar Mountain September 2, 2013 at 1:53 pm

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.
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Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl September 2, 2013 at 7:27 pm

I could eat taco salad all day long. I never thought of mixing French’s with salsa – definitely giving that a go next time!
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Jamielyn@iheartnaptime September 7, 2013 at 4:32 pm

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


Nutmeg Nanny September 10, 2013 at 12:19 am

Oh goodness, I’m drooling over this salad. Taco salad is my favorite :) and this recipe is perfection!
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Ant Trishy September 20, 2013 at 11:13 am

I would add some avocado too!! Diced….


Carrie Grasty October 7, 2013 at 6:30 pm

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!


Lucy @ Bake Play Smile October 18, 2013 at 6:43 pm

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


Caleb January 29, 2014 at 10:23 am

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


Wendy Gutierrez October 8, 2014 at 7:25 pm

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.


aimee @ shugarysweets October 9, 2014 at 7:10 am

This is the Pampered Chef Trifle Bowl. I love it. It actually comes with a base (if you want to use it as a trifle) and a lid!!


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