Tequila Marinated Chicken Salad with Jalapeno Ranch Dressing

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  • August 29, 2016

It may be the end of August but vegetables are still fresh and crisp making for the ideal salad on these warm days. Creating new versions every day can be challenging but not when you have flavorful salad dressings from Litehouse brands. If you are from Idaho, you may have heard of the Hawkins family who owned the Hurschell’s Lighthouse restaurant more than 50 years ago. Since then, their Litehouse salad dressings have won over both adults and kids nationwide with their robust taste and multitude of uses.

Jalapeno Ranch Chicken Salad

Litehouse dressings are found in the refrigerated section of your grocery stores. Each variety is in a glass bottle, keeping the dressing cold and ultra fresh tasting. There are four different options of dressing to choose from depending on the flavor profiles you are seeking:

Jalapeno Ranch Chicken Salad

There are many recipes to choose from on the Litehouse website if you are curious about ways to use their dressings. You can find a wealth of dishes to try here

If your kids love to dip their vegetables, chicken strips or chips into creamy goodness, then they are going to like the Homestyle Ranch and/or Avocado Ranch Bacon dressings.

Jalapeno Ranch Chicken Salad

This would make a handy lunch or snack at school too. There are some great stay cool transportable containers for just this purpose. I shared a number of back to school containers last Fall that would be perfect for this. Take a look at my finds here

For dinner this weekend, I created a Mexican inspired salad using the Litehouse Jalapeno Ranch dressing. As with any salad, you can be as creative as you want. Since I was looking to accentuate the flavors in the dressing, I added tequila lime marinated chicken, peppers, beans and tortilla chips to the salad. There was already a little heat from the jalapeno in the dressing so I didn’t need more. That is totally up to you though and how spicy you like your salads.

Jalapeno Ranch Chicken Salad

There are many uses for these dressings besides salads including dipping as previously mentioned. But how about as a sauce for a Panini sandwich or drizzled over shrimp tacos? or dipping buffalo chicken wings in the bleu cheese dressing? Sounds delicious, doesn’t it?!

Try Litehouse dressings yourself and tell me which is your favorite. 

Thanks for stopping by!

This post was made possible by iConnect and Litehouse Foods. I was compensated for my participation in this campaign, but all opinions are 100% mine.

Jalapeno Ranch Chicken Salad
Serves 4
Mexican inspired tequila lime chicken salad with Litehouse Jalapeno Ranch dressing.
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Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
45 min
  1. 1 large head Romaine lettuce
  2. 5 - 8 multi color small peppers
  3. 1/2 cup black or red beans, drained and washed
  4. 1 tomato chopped in cubes
  5. 3 - 4 chicken breasts, boneless, skinless
  6. 1/8 cup olive oil
  7. 1/3 cup tequila
  8. 1 -2 limes, juiced
  9. 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  10. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  11. 1/4 bunch of fresh cilantro, chopped
  12. 1 jalapeno, optional
  13. Tortilla chips
  14. Litehouse Jalapeno Ranch salad dressing
  1. Mix together olive oil, garlic, lime juice, salt, cilantro and tequila in a zip lock bag. Add chicken. Let marinade for 2 hours to overnight for the most flavor. Remove chicken from bag and discard marinade. Grill chicken for 5 minutes on each side. Will vary based on thickness of chicken.
  2. Prepare salad by starting with lettuce and adding each vegetable on top. Add beans. If desired, add cheese or jalapenos. Put pieces of sliced chicken on top of salad. Drizzle Litehouse Jalapeno Ranch dressing over top of salad. Add broken tortilla chips after dressing is added.
  1. *excludes 2 hours to marinade chicken
  2. Can use flank steak or shrimp for additional proteins.
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