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Cheater's Power Salad in bowl with hands.

Cheater’s Power Salad

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 2-4 1x


Cheater’s Power Salad – kale, cabbage, avocado, green onion, cilantro, black beans, crispy onions, tortilla strips, chicken, and BBQ ranch dressing, made from a salad mix! I KNOW. perfect for easy lunches!


  • 1 bag southwestern salad mixDole Chopped BBQ Ranch Salad Kit is THE BEST. Hands down.
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 avocado, cubed
  • shredded chicken, quinoa, or other protein of choice


  1. Cook the chicken (or other protein). I like shredded chicken, so I usually opt for cooking one pound of chicken breasts in the Instant Pot (15 minutes) or slow cooker (3-4 hours) with a jar of salsa or some taco seasoning.
  2. Toss your salad ingredients together. YUM YUM YUM.


The salad mix I use has lots of cabbage, carrots, kale, cilantro, green onions, as well as crispy onions, tortilla strips, and BBQ Ranch dressing. A good salad mix (like this one) is very important for making this cheater’s salad worth your while. This is not an iceberg lettuce situation. It is fresh, nutritious veggies pre-chopped with some yummy extras to boot. Well done, Dole.

Chicken can be hot or cold – I’ve enjoyed it both ways in this salad! You can easily sub a different protein if you’re not into chicken. Nuts, sofritas tofu, or even just some cooked quinoa would be equally as delicious.

I don’t recommend making this all at once for one person – I just cook all of the chicken, keep it in the fridge, and then assemble salads throughout the week as I’m ready to eat them.

  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Category: Lunch
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: bagged salad recipe, bbq ranch salad, easy salad recipe