January 04, 2010

recipe: quesadilla explosion salad.

i love chilis, and cj got me turned on to this incredible salad that they have. when we had our nightly "whats for dinner" talk this past saturday he said he was craving that salad, so being the domestic goddess that i am, i decided to recreate it. i do not proclaim to be a rachael ray or a martha stewart, but DANG, this salad was too good to keep a secret. it tasted spot on and with half the calories.


Quesadilla Explosion Salad
  • 1 big bag of leafy greens (with purple tipped lettuce)
  • 4 roma tomatoes (chopped to bite sized pieces.)
  • 1 bunch of cilantro (only the green leafy parts, chopped)
  • 1 can of mexicorn
  • 1 can of black beans (rinsed and drained) 
  • 2 cups shredded cheese (reserve 1 cup for quesadillas)
  • tortilla shells (small, taco sized)
  • crushed tortilla chips (topping)
  • fat free honey dijon dressing
  • 2 limes
  • 2 - 3 chicken breasts
  • EVOO
  • fajita spices for chicken

1. butterfly chicken and rub with desired seasonings cook in 3 - 4 tablespoons of EVOO until done. cut into strips and set aside to cool.

2. in a large bowl combine lettuce, cilantro, tomatoes, mexicorn, black beans, and one cup of  cheese and toss all together.

3. spray a nonstick pan with cooking oil and place on shell in the pan, cover with cheese, and place another shell ontop and spray with cooking spray, flip when it looks done enough for your liking - cut into four triangles.

4. in a small bowl combine honey dijon dressing with the fresh juice of one lime and stir.

5. assemble salad on a large plate in this order  - salad mixture, crushed tortillas, chicken, squeeze a little lime juice over salad, drizzle with honey dijon lime dressing, place cheese quesadilla triangles around the salad.

this is probably the best salad i have ever made!

picture courtesy of google images.


  1. I craved this salad all throughout my pregnancy. And seeing that the closest Chili's to me is about 45 minutes away, I didn't get too often :(

    Thank you soo much for posting the recipe. Love love love you for it! xoxo:)

  2. let me know if you think it passes the test. it will most definitely be made multiple times in this household.