Cuban Chicken Salad

Cuban Chicken Salad at The Happy HousewifeThe combination of corn, black beans, cilantro and lime make this salad a hit with everyone!

Cuban Chicken Salad


Salad Ingredients

  • 1 head romaine lettuce
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 can mexicorn
  • 1 bunch green onions

Dressing Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1/4 cup cilantro
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil


  1. Grill chicken and cut into strips.
  2. In a bowl combine the black beans, corn, and onions.
  3. On a bed of lettuce spoon the black bean mixture then top with chicken.
  4. To make the dressing combine all the ingredients in a food processor or blender.
  5. Top the salad with the dressing and serve.

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  1. Delicious! We just had this for dinner tonight and it was a hit! Thanks.

  2. Oh my goodness! How did I never hear about this recipe? Quick, easy, looks delicious! I think we’ll try it tonight. Questions: what is Mexican corn and how much chicken do you use? Is the chicken an more for accent or is it the main focus?

    • TheHappyHousewife says:

      I would use as much chicken as you like. For me, I use less meat to save money- so for 5 salads, I would use 2 chicken breasts.
      As for the corn, mexicorn can be found in the canned vegetable section. It is corn with peppers. But, if you can’t find if you can always use regular corn.

  3. I’m going to love this salad, especially the dressing!

  4. Mexican corn is corn that has peppers, onions and southwest seasoning/spices added to it (and sometimes black beans). It should be available with the canned veggies in your grocery store; although, you might also check the international aisle.

  5. This salad looks so good!

  6. This looks amazing!

  7. This looks amazing and the dressing sounds awesome, too!

  8. I am cuban and I have never heard of a Cuban Chicken Salad with black beans, mexican corn and chili powder. I think this is more of a Mexican Chicken Salad. It looks delicious regardless.

  9. Like Daisy, I am also Cuban and this is not Cuban. The first giveaway is Chili powder. We don’t season with chili. And for Cubans, combining black beans with anything other than white rice is a sin.

  10. I’m Cuban as well, and the most Cuban thing this recipe has going for it is the lime and the black beans. It sounds good, but the recipe is something of an insult to Cuban cuisine. Please familiarize yourself with what Cuban food actually consists of before you label a recipe incorrectly. Those of us who are Cuban and thus know what actual Cuban food is like will thank you. Hint: we don’t use chili powder unless we’re cooking Mexican food.

  11. DELICIOUS! Finished it off with a cherry-lime-cilantro smoothie.
    As for all those anti-Cuban-salad comments – goodness gracious! Get a life and just enjoy the concept. I definitely did not consider it a Mexican dish with the taste it had. Actually, had it been Mexican salad, I probably would’ve passed on it just by the name since I would’ve assumed it too spicy.

    THANK YOU! My sweetie loved it too!

    • I know this is an old post. Recipe sounds delicious. I appreciate the nod to Cuban food as I am Cuban American. However, in regards to its origins this is very NOT Cuban in every way. Mexican food from most places IN Mexico, are not actually spicy. That would be Tex-Mex, a very Americanized version. While you may not find it important for heritage and ethnicity to be properly labeled, this is like labeling an Italian dish as Southern. Hispanic may all be the same to you but there are I don’t know how many Hispanic countries in this world.

  12. How much chicken?

  13. Cuban or not … it sounds delicious. Most American-ized “Mexican” recipes are not really Mexican, but who cares. I am wondering if the chicken should be warm or cold. I say, serve it with a Mojito and call it Cuban or a Margarita and call it Mexican.

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