Blackened Chicken Caribbean Salad With Spicy Pineapple Dressing

Blackened Chicken Caribbean Salad With Spicy Pineapple Dressing

Blackened Chicken Caribbean Salad With Spicy Pineapple Dressing – A healthy tropical salad, with Cajun style chicken tenders, topped in a sweet ‘n’ spicy homemade dressing. An easy 30 minute meal that you can feel good about!

Blackened Chicken Caribbean Salad With Spicy Pineapple Dressing

As you can see, things are starting to look a little tropical around here. Hey, I am a mother to a 18 month old baby…who is clearly in desperate need of a vacation. Lately I have been daydreaming of being on an island far, far away. Where I can no longer clap my hands if I am happy and know it, and where the wheels on the bus no longer go round and round. Well, If I can’t go to the Caribbean, I will have to bring it to me.

Let’s get straight to business. This salad is amazeballs! Like, hella good. Yes, hella is a word. I looked it up in the Urban Dictionary and errythang. I don’t need to convince you this salad is yummy, just look at those avocados (which I struggled to cut so perfectly). Okay don’t stare too hard at the avocados. Instead lets go over these healthy ingredients:

  • Avocado

  • Mango

  • Coconut

  • Sliced Almonds

  • Purple Onion

  • Carrots

  • Chicken

  • Fresh Spring Salad Mix

Did I forget to mention that this is ready in just 30 minutes?  YES! Healthy and quick!


Blackened Chicken Caribbean Salad With Spicy Pineapple Dressing - A healthy tropical salad, with Cajun style chicken tenders. Topped in a sweet 'n' spicy homemade dressing. An easy 30 minute meal that you can feel good about!

The spicy pineapple dressing is to die for! I got inspired to create my version of this dressing after seeing it posted on Cooking Light. I had to make a few changes in order for it to fit my Caribbean salad and Blackened Chicken. I didn’t add the orange juice, instead I used fresh lime juice. It also wasn’t sweet enough for me, so I added some honey. I decided not to add the habanero peppers, and instead added chili flakes. I adjusted all the ingredients, and something was still missing to my taste-buds, so I added a tiny bit of salt…..and voila! The perfect dressing for my blackened chicken and Caribbean salad.

Blackened Chicken Caribbean Salad With Spicy Pineapple Dressing

Blackened Chicken Caribbean Salad With Spicy Pineapple Dressing – A healthy tropical salad, with Cajun style chicken tenders, topped in a sweet ‘n’ spicy homemade dressing. An easy 30 minute meal that you can feel good about!

Blackened Chicken Caribbean Salad With Spicy Pineapple Dressing

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: serves 2

Ingredients

  • FOR THE SALAD
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  • 4 cups spring salad mix, packed
  • 1/4 cup carrots, shredded
  • 1/4 cup purple onions, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup mango, diced
  • 1/3 cup of avocado, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon and 1/2 of almonds, sliced
  • shredded coconut, to sprinkle on salad
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  • FOR THE DRESSING
  • ------------------------
  • 1/2 cup of pineapple, fresh and chopped into chunks
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp. chili flakes
  • 1/2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 1/2 tablespoon fresh cilantro, packed
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • ------------------------
  • FOR THE CHICKEN
  • ------------------------
  • 6 pieces of chicken tender strips
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • pure organic real maple syrup ( for drizzling on chicken )
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Instructions

  1. Make the dressing. Add all ingredients listed under "for the dressing" to a blender. Blend until smooth.
  2. Make the chicken. To make the blackened rub, add all of the dried ingredients (except maple syrup and olive oil), to a small bowl and mix together. Drizzle chicken with pure maple syrup, and then sprinkle or rub on the blackened season mix.
  3. Heat a cast iron skillet, or pan over medium-high heat. Add olive oil to the pan, then add in chicken. Cook chicken tenders in the pan for about 15 minutes, or until cooked through. Turning chicken frequently.
  4. In the meantime, make the salad. Add all the ingredients listed under "for the salad" to a large bowl. Or you can divide into two equal portions onto a plate.
  5. Drizzle dressing over salad and chicken. Serve immediately.

Notes

Spicy pineapple dressing inspired by: CookingLight

http://yuminyourtum.com/2016/04/blackened-chicken-caribbean-salad-with-spicy-pineapple-dressing/


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20 Comments

  1. Totally loving this recipe, Amanda! You’re speaking my language here girlie! Blackened chicken, a bunch of avocado, and that spicy pineapple dressing?! YES! Love that I could be eating this in 30 minutes. Pinning this one and making soon. Thanks for sharing such a wicked recipe 🙂

    • yuminyourtum

      Thank you very much Dawn. The spicy pineapple dressing is seriously fantastic! Gotta love the quick meals. I hope you get the chance to try it out! Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

  2. What a gorgeous salad! I LOVE all the color. And how perfect would this be for a lunch with your best girls?!? We can play ocean sounds as we savor this amazing Caribbean salad. It’ll be as close as we can get to the beach while in the middle of Texas. Thanks for another delicious recipe!

    • yuminyourtum

      Thank you very much Tanya! You’re right, this would be a perfect lunch idea for a get-together with some girlies. Close enough to being in the Caribbean, and pretending to be by the beach, yep! 🙂 lol! Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

  3. Alright, I’d first like to say that I’m from NorCal and hella is SOOOO a word. I don’t a dictionary to prove that! Lol. Meanwhile, this looks hella good! Haha. I am all for you, you extremely overworked, mom, you, for bringing the Caribbean into at least your meals. I think we could all use a bit of some vacation in our dinner tonight, amiright? 😉 As usual, I am loving the bold, bright colors in your pics–I’m smiling just look at all of this gorgeousness! Pinning. Have a great weekend, Amanda! xo

    • yuminyourtum

      It is definitely a word! haha! and I know they say hella a lot in North California, I used to have some friends from there and that’s all they would say. Yep, I think everyone can use a little vacation in their meal. Especially after a long overworked day, the tropical flavors definitely made me feel relaxed. Thank you very much Demeter, I hope you enjoy your weekend as well! xx

  4. Love love this!! Looks amazing! 🙂 x

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  5. This dish is really speaking to me – we’re in FL visiting my husband’s parents and I have been loading up on seafood. When asked how I want it cooked… I always ask for blackened. I love the colors in this dish and that dressing sounds hella good 😉

    • yuminyourtum

      Thank you very much Kathleen! Lucky you, Florida sounds amazing right now. Blackened is always a good option, and I actually love it on seafood as well! 🙂

  6. Oh wow! I’ve been craving a yummy salad lately and this bright and bold baby would totally hit the spot! So until the wheels on the bus drive right out of town, this salad will definitely do! It’s hella good, my dear!

    • yuminyourtum

      LOL! The wheels on the bus sure do need to drive right out of town, haha. This salad definitely will do in the meantime though. Thank you very much Annie 🙂

  7. I LOVE blackened chicken Amanda. And that pineapple dressing sounds amazing! So refreshing. The perfect spring/summer salad!

    • yuminyourtum

      Blackened chicken is the best isn’t it? You can never go wrong. Thank you very much Mary Ann! The pineapple dressing is quite delightful. 🙂

  8. That salad looks so healthy and fresh. I would love to order that from any restaurant.!

  9. This salad looks delicious and wonderful with the pineapple dressing. Thanks for sharing. Tweeting.

  10. You have an amazing blog and its inspiring. I would actually try to make this. Probably wont look as delicious as yours 😀 but still gonna try because the picture is actually mouth watering 😀 <3
    I am just a newbie to blogging. Would love it if you give it a check 🙂

    http://www.deboleenabiswas.wordpress.com

    • yuminyourtum

      Thank you very much Deboleena! 🙂 This is actually pretty simple to make. Congrats on your new blog, and thanks for taking the time to stop by!

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