Sante Fe Salad with Sour Cream Chipotle Dressing


This is a wonderful salad topped with spicy chicken and spicy sour cream chipotle dressing. It also has black beans, silver queen corn, fresh tomatoes, red onions, and fresh cilantro.  I was overjoyed when I found a large bag of frozen silver queen corn at my local Publix supermarket. The silver queen corn was a wonderful addition to this salad. Down here in Florida we really can’t tell what season it is, so I just keep going back and forth with summer and fall dishes. It is still so hot and humid, although we can detect the slightest breeze in the evening. That makes us realize the end of hurricane season is drawing near, and the hot, humid rainy days will be traded for beautifully sunny days and mild temperatures. This salad has a little added warmth with the spicy sautéed chicken a spicy chipotle dressing.

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Sante Fe Salad with Sour Cream Chipotle Dressing

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For the chicken:
3-4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon coriander
1/2 teaspoon dried cilantro
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
a dash of cayenne powder (optional)
Kosher salt

For the salad:
Romaine lettuce ( I used 3 hearts, or one large head )
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
2 cups frozen silver queen corn, or other sweet corn, thawed
2 tomatoes, diced
2 tablespoons freshly chopped cilantro
1/2 medium red onion, chopped

For the dressing:
1 cup sour cream
1-4 chipotle peppers, chopped, and a little of their adobo sauce
the juice of one lime
a pinch of kosher salt
Olive oil


Preheat skillet. Cut chicken in bite size pieces. Add seasonings. Drizzle pan with olive oil. Saute chicken until browned.

Prepare dressing by adding all ingredients to a bowl and mixing well. You may want to add the peppers a little at a time to get the desired heat level. Set aside.

Prepare salad by combining all ingredients in a large bowl, except for lettuce. Mix well.

Prepare salad plates by adding shredded lettuce. Then top with bean and corn mixture. Follow by adding cooked chicken, and then finish with dressing.

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  18 Responses to “Sante Fe Salad with Sour Cream Chipotle Dressing”

  1. [email protected]'s Recipes — September 18, 2009 @ 2:57 pm

    Love the dressing or sauce made with sour cream….they are good with the salad or meat dishes.

    Angie’s Recipes
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  2. lululu — September 18, 2009 @ 11:55 pm

    hockey season is around the corner, i think this is one of my favorite hockey nite dinner!
    .-= lululu´s last blog, Tomato Risotto =-.

  3. sizzlechef — September 19, 2009 @ 2:24 am

    Delicious ! Thank you for sharing. Cheers !
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  4. pegasuslegend — September 19, 2009 @ 5:01 am

    wow that looks great!
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  5. Divina — September 19, 2009 @ 5:30 am

    Those chipotles in adobo sauce are hard to find. But I have to try this recipe. I am enjoying these kinds of flavors before and I think it’s time to serve them again on the dining table. I don’t mind the poor photo. I know you want a better photo on your blog. But I could see real food in there. 🙂
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  6. Jackie at — September 19, 2009 @ 6:25 am

    Lovely sauce. I’m sure it gives a kick to the salad. Absolutely lovely!

  7. Jessie — September 19, 2009 @ 9:29 am

    you had me at chipotle sour cream dressing! oh my gosh that does not get any better than that
    .-= Jessie´s last blog, Castillo De Jagua =-.

  8. The BBQ Grail — September 19, 2009 @ 11:12 am

    Excellent looking salad recipe. Thank you for sharing.
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  9. grace — September 20, 2009 @ 8:54 am

    my favorite salad contains black beans, corn, peppers, tomatoes, and cilantro, and my favorite dressing is super spicy. that said, i obviously love your creation here–it’s gorgeous and sooo tempting!

  10. Natashya — September 20, 2009 @ 4:18 pm

    What a gorgeous salad! Perfect for this time of year.
    .-= Natashya´s last blog, Buffalo Chicken Caesar Salad =-.

  11. Cookin' Canuck — September 20, 2009 @ 6:32 pm

    That dressing sounds wonderful! What a perfect dinner salad.
    .-= Cookin’ Canuck´s last blog, Sage & Gorgonzola Cauliflower Soup Recipe =-.

  12. Nicole — September 20, 2009 @ 6:00 pm

    this is a must try! i love your website and how you have it organized! 🙂
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  13. theUngourmet — September 20, 2009 @ 7:10 pm

    The weather has been funny here in Oregon also. One day it’s rainy and feels like autumn has begun and the next day it’s 85 degrees and sunny.

    Your dish is lovely! I love all of the terrific colors and flavors going on in here!
    .-= theUngourmet´s last blog, chicken on a biscuit =-.

  14. Kent Helker — March 2, 2010 @ 8:46 pm

    this is the best!

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  16. mutuelle — March 11, 2011 @ 5:17 am

    Merci pour cet article. Je vais poster un lien sur mon forum vers votre blog.

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