Cilantro Lime Chicken Salad with Spiced Pepitas

This salad was really delicious and had tons of flavor. I made cilantro lime chicken, and spiced the pepitas (pumpkin seeds) with cinnamon and cayenne pepper. For the dressing I used sour cream, lime juice and Cajun spices. Feta Cheese and avocado are a great topping to add healthy fat and extra flavor.


Cilantro Lime Chicken Salad with Spiced Pepitas

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: Moderate
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Vibrant flavors and an array of textures make this a recipe for not your average salad.


  • 2 chicken breasts
  • juice of one lime
  • 1/4 cup cilantro
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 cup Pepitas (pumpkin seeds), roasted 10 minutes in a 1/2 tsp cayenne and a 1/2 tsp of cinnamon
  • 4 T sour cream, mixed with a tsp lime juice, and a tsp Cajun seasoning
  • 1 romaine heart, chopped
  • 2 avocados, halved and sliced
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 8 ounces feta cheese crumbles


  1. Combine lime juice, cumin, cilantro, garlic powder and crushed red pepper. Pour over salt and peppered chicken breasts and allow to marinate at least 4 hours.
  2. Heat a grill or grill pan, and grill mark each chicken breast, then finish cooking in 375 degree oven for about 15 minutes or until the chicken is 165 degrees internally.
  3. While the chicken cooks, prepare the dressing and pepitas.
  4. Separate the chopped romaine in to 4 bowls, then top with 1/2 an avocado, a few tomatoes, 2 ounces of feta, and a tablespoon of spiced pepitas.
  5. When the chicken is cooked, slice it up and add 4 ounces to each salad.