This salad, inspired by the Mexican Caesar Salad at Chopt Creative Salad Company, is best served freshly made. Easy to make, this salad has crunchy jalapeño peppers and crushed tortilla chips. Make it without the chicken for a vegetarian salad.
Super fresh chopped romaine lettuce is the key to this delicious salad. Chopped jalapenos with the seeds removed give the salad crunch without being too spicy.
Use either oven-roasted, rotisserie, or thicker premium deli chicken breast in this salad. Throw in a few hand-crushed tortilla chips. Then use finely shredded or larger chunks of cotija cheese – whichever suits your taste.
The salad dressing is super easy to make. Put everything into a jar with a lid, shake, and then add to the salad and mix to coat. Serve right away so the crushed chips are crunchy. Also, note that this recipe uses white balsamic vinegar which is not as sweet as aged balsamic vinegar. Do not substitute regular sweet balsamic. Instead, if you need to substitute, use rice wine vinegar or white wine vinegar.
Try serving your salad in a beverage glass (below) or another non-traditional serving bowl.