Houston’s Grilled Chicken Salad

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Grilled Chicken Salad with greens and vegetables are tossed in a honey-lime vinaigrette and topped with a delicious peanut sauce.

Grilled Chicken Salad with greens and vegetables are tossed in a honey-lime vinaigrette and topped with a delicious peanut sauce.Houston’s Grilled Chicken Salad

Trust me, this delicious grilled chicken salad will soon become your summertime staple! Other grilled chicken favorites Korean Grilled Chicken BreastsGrilled Chicken Shawarma and Grilled Bourbon Chicken.

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When I shared the Houston’s Couscous recipe on Skinnytaste a few months ago, I got quite a lot of requests for the Houston’s Grilled Chicken Salad recipe, and I wasn’t surprised! When I worked at Houston’s in Bethesda, Maryland, during my college years, the Grilled Chicken Salad was one of the most-ordered items on the entire menu. And with good reason! Greens and veggies are tossed in a honey-lime vinaigrette and topped with a to-die-for peanut sauce. Make this for friends and family, and I guarantee that someone (or many someones!) will ask you for the recipe—it’s just that good. Enjoy!

Grilled Chicken Salad with greens and vegetables are tossed in a honey-lime vinaigrette and topped with a delicious peanut sauce.Grilled Chicken Salad with greens and vegetables are tossed in a honey-lime vinaigrette and topped with a delicious peanut sauce. Grilled Chicken Salad with greens and vegetables are tossed in a honey-lime vinaigrette and topped with a delicious peanut sauce. Grilled Chicken Salad with greens and vegetables are tossed in a honey-lime vinaigrette and topped with a delicious peanut sauce. Grilled Chicken Salad with greens and vegetables are tossed in a honey-lime vinaigrette and topped with a delicious peanut sauce. Grilled Chicken Salad with greens and vegetables are tossed in a honey-lime vinaigrette and topped with a delicious peanut sauce.

Grilled Chicken Salad with greens and vegetables are tossed in a honey-lime vinaigrette and topped with a delicious peanut sauce.
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Houston’s Grilled Chicken Salad

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SP
365 Cals 29 Protein 19 Carbs 19.5 Fats
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 35 mins
Yield: 4 Servings
COURSE: Lunch, Salad
CUISINE: American
Grilled Chicken Salad with greens and vegetables are tossed in a honey-lime vinaigrette and topped with a delicious peanut sauce.

Ingredients

For Peanut Sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons smooth peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons reduced sodium soy sauce, or gf soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1 garlic clove, grated
  • ½ tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • ½ tablespoon brown sugar
  • ½ tablespoon unseasoned rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon water

For Honey Lime Vinaigrette:

  • Zest and juice from 1 medium lime
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon finely minced white onion
  • 1 tablespoon unseasoned rice vinegar
  • Pinch kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

For salad:

  • 1 pound 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 cups mixed baby greens
  • ¼ cup diced red bell pepper
  • ½ cup shredded carrots
  • ½ cup sliced jicama
  • ½ cup store-bought tortilla strips, check labels for GF

Instructions

  • Make peanut sauce: Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Whisk until smooth. Set aside.Make vinaigrette: Combine all ingredients in another small bowl. Whisk until smooth. Set aside.
  • Preheat outdoor grill or grill pan over medium-high heat. Place chicken between a piece of plastic wrap or parchment and pound to an even thickness. Season with salt and pepper. Grill for 5-6 minutes, turn and grill for an additional 5-6 minutes more, or until chicken is cooked through. Allow chicken to rest for 5 minutes, then slice thin.
  • Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine greens, bell pepper, carrots and jicama. Add peanut sauce, vinaigrette and chicken and gently toss to combine. Divide the salad among 4 bowls and top each with 2 tablespoons tortilla strips. Serve immediately.

Nutrition

Serving: 1salad, Calories: 365kcal, Carbohydrates: 19g, Protein: 29g, Fat: 19.5g, Saturated Fat: 2.5g, Cholesterol: 73mg, Sodium: 745mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 8g
Blue Smart Points: 7
Green Smart Points: 9
Purple Smart Points: 7
Points +: 9
Keywords: Grilled Chicken Salad, grilled chicken salad recipe, houston's honey lime vinaigrette recipe, Houston’s Grilled Chicken Salad, Houston’s Grilled Chicken Salad Copycat

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67 comments

  1. I’ve been making this recipe for years and it never fails!

  2. Such a great recipe.  Fresh, tasty, filling – perfect!  

  3. I used to eat this salad at Houston’s in Nashville years ago before they closed the location.  It was my FAVORITE item on the menu.  I have tried to copy it myself, but the chicken they put in the salad was so tender and juicy.  I always wondered if they marinated it or put it in a brine.  Does anyone know?  I still make this and love it!!

  4. This salad is delicious. Is the nutritional information for 2 tablespoons of the vinaigarette and a drizzle of the peanut sauce?

  5. Love this recipe. Definitely adding it to my rotation

  6. Houston’s Grilled Chicken Salad is wonderful! The dressings are so delicious! Such a great dinner salad for summertime!

  7. I have made this recipe a few times now. It is great! Taste so much like the restaurant version. I have used PB2 in place of the peanut butter and one time used a bagged “Asian” greens mix. Either way, the salad was delicious!

  8. OBSESSED with this salad! What a great recipe, and easy to boot. Thanks a mil!

  9. If I wanted to make this into a mason jar recipe – would I just combine the dressings at the bottom of the jar? Or would I put the vinegarette at the bottom and keep the peanut butter dressing on the side?

  10. Thank you for this delicious recipe! My husband and I both loved it.

  11. It seems like it would be easier to combine the peanut sauce and vinaigrette in the recipe if both are poured on at once. That’s what I did.

  12. I have never been to Houstons or even heard of it! But this salad is phenomenal, both the peanut sauce and dressing are to die for! Looking forward to making this often for both lunches and dinners!

  13. ABSOLUTE KEEPER! my husband absolutely loved it and cant wait to make this for my entire family..

  14. This was so delicious & I felt like I was a top chef serving it!  I could not find jicama at the market I went to so keeping texture in mind I picked up a couple of fresh beets & sliced em up like the pic. Let me tell you I felt like I was eating a bowl of health! I got compliments all around. Thank you, Gina, for helping to keep my family & I eat deliciously clean! I always know where to go for a great lo- cal recipe! xoxo

  15. We made these in mason jars for our lunches a couple of weeks ago, and it instantly became a new favorite! This was my first time to have Jamaica, and I loved the flavor of it in this salad. The are a lot of strong flavors in this salad, and they compliment each other so well. I’m looking forward to having it again!

  16. I never, ever comment on anything but, WOW, this tastes exactly like the Houston’s salad that, anyone who has been there, has probably tried and loved! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!!! Love this and how I can always count on you for recipes that taste delicious!

  17. So, do you toss the peanut sauce with the salad or do you use it to top the chicken? The recipe says it both ways. I tossed it per the directions in the method and the salad was WAY overdressed. (Delicious, though.)

    • You can try tossing the salad with the vinaigrette and just drizzle the peanut sauce on top. It looks prettier that way too.:)

  18. If I don’t have jicama on hand what could I use instead?

  19. If I were to use PB2 and not use the tortilla strips, any idea how many points I would save? 

  20. So excited to make this, Houston’s was always a stop on our summer vacations in Florida!  One of our other favorites was the kale salad, and we’ve never been able to replicate it quite right…just in case you’re taking requests for the next recipe 🙂

  21. I made this last night for dinner and it was delicious! Tasted just ljust like the Houston’s salad I know and love

  22. This is restaurant-quality. I don’t like diets but need to lose weight. Your recipes are wonderful!!!

  23. Can you substitute olive oil for veg oil in the vinaigrette?

  24. I made this for dinner last night and am enjoying the leftovers for lunch right now- so yummy! How long will the dressing keep in the fridge if I double the recipe? The peanuts sauce would be perfect with chicken satay or chicken tenders in the air fryer ?

  25. Gina, what brand tortilla strips did you use?  The ones I found were way bigger. I’ll probably jest make some. 

    • Crumbled tortilla chips would work!

      And you can buy the strips on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Fresh-Gourmet-Tortilla-Strips-Santa/dp/B006CFVVMI

      Read more at https://www.skinnytaste.com/houstons-grilled-chicken-salad/#6vpo2jUVBf35EiWd.99

  26. This just moved to first place in the “Keeper” category! I mixed the peanut sauce with the sliced chicken. I mixed the fresh lime vinaigrette with cooked white basmati rice. I placed both on a bed of fresh greens. YUM!!

  27. I can’t find tortilla strips.  What can I substitute for it?

    • Hi Mary – crumbled tortilla chips would work!

      And you can buy the strips on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Fresh-Gourmet-Tortilla-Strips-Santa/dp/B006CFVVMI

  28. This looks so good and right up my alley, however the sodium is to high for me due to my blood pressure issues. Any suggestions on lower the sodium so I may enjoy this salad?

    Thank You!

    • Hi Nina – you can use no salt added peanut butter. And, of course, don’t add the extra salt in the salad or the vinaigrette. You could also use no salt tortilla chips.

  29. what are the points plus points for this one

    • I am still using the Smart Points. I checked it on my handy dandy calculator and I got 10 points This Freestyle had me gaining weight so i went back to the 30 points per day. Much happier. I am going to try this even though it is 10 points!.

  30. Can I make the dressings a day or two ahead?

  31. How long would the peanut sauce and vinaigrette keep in the fridge? I’d like to make them up to use as salad dressing for myself at lunch several days – no one else at home eats a salad for a meal!

  32. is lettuce safe to eat now? I haven’t had a salad since the outbreak.

  33. It says to toss the whole salad in both the vinaigrette and the peanut sauce? 

    • Yes, that is how I do it. But you can also drizzle the peanut sauce on top for serving (it looks prettier that way), and then each person can mix it in.

  34. Are the tortilla strips more like chips or can I just buy corn corrillo and cut them up? Just don’t want them to get soggy. This salad looks amazing!

    • They are more like chips. Crumbled tortilla chips would work too.
      And you can buy the strips on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Fresh-Gourmet-Tortilla-Strips-Santa/dp/B006CFVVMI

      Read more at https://www.skinnytaste.com/houstons-grilled-chicken-salad/#6vpo2jUVBf35EiWd.99

  35. Thank you Thank you Thank you!!!!  My favorite salad in the world!  Been looking for this for years. My heart broke when Houstons closed. Be. Still my heart. Can’t wait to make this. 

  36. OMGosh,,,,,I lived on this salad in the late 90’s!!!  SO GOOD!  Now for their spinach dip… 🙂

  37. I’m so excited about this salad! It’s officially going on the menu this week.  By he way, I loved the Houston’s couscous recipe also. So delicious!

    • Happy to hear, Katherine! Everything at Houston’s (now called Woodmont Grill in Bethesda) is so delicious! 🙂

  38. Could you use PB2 like in those tasty thai chicken tacos with peanut sauce?

      • I was thinking that too – how many points would it save do you think?

      • The beauty of a peanut is that it contains all of the nutrients nature intended. It has a healthy dose of fat, protein and vitamins. PB2 extracts almost all of the essential monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, leaching the vitamin E content which is fat soluble, therefore reducing the nutritional content of the whole food. The fat is what keeps you satisfied and reduces cravings making just a tablespoon of real peanut butter so satisfying. This powdered form looks pretty clean when you review the ingredients, but it’s just another way for manufacturers to trick you into thinking less calories is better for you. They have to add a mixture of sugar and salt into the powder to make it taste better without the fat. I know I’d rather have the fat vs. the sugar and salt!

    • Great idea! I suspect that would drop the points down too?

    • I had the same thought. I just did the math and it would save 5 points total. Since this makes 4 servings, that is roughly 1 point per serving. Making this salad 6sp per serving using PB2 instead of regular peanut butter.

    • Why not just use real natural peanut butter .The beauty of a peanut is that it contains all of the nutrients nature intended. It has a healthy dose of fat, protein and vitamins. PB2 extracts almost all of the essential monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, leaching the vitamin E content which is fat soluble, therefore reducing the nutritional content of the whole food. The fat is what keeps you satisfied and reduces cravings making just a tablespoon of real peanut butter so satisfying. This powdered form looks pretty clean when you review the ingredients, but it’s just another way for manufacturers to trick you into thinking less calories is better for you. They have to add a mixture of sugar and salt into the powder to make it taste better without the fat. I know I’d rather have the fat vs. the sugar and salt!

  39. quick question: do you think you could substitute the peanut butter for almond or other and the flavor profile would still be the same? One of my children has a peanut allergy .

    • The flavor will be different but I do think it will still taste good. What about tahini (sesame paste).

      • Can’t get much better Houston’s was the best. Went to the one in Rockville Retired MCPD??‍♀️ Small world I have been a follower for a long time I do all the cooking at home and you have been a God Send to this community. I’m a big Insta Pot Junky am got one for my Kids for Xmas 
        Thank you again keep it up
        Bill Lumpkin MCPD ret?

    • Cashew butter would be a good match with the rest of the flavors!