5 from 9 votes
This Grilled Cajun Chicken Salad with Creamy Cajun Dressing is one of my all-time favorite main dish dinner salads! It's got plenty of protein from the spicy grilled Cajun chicken, and a homemade creamy Cajun dressing to help tone down the heat just a bit. And the crisp cucumbers, juicy tomatoes, and creamy avocado are just the thing for a warm summer evening meal!
Grilled Cajun Chicken Salad with Creamy Cajun Dressing
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 
This Grilled Cajun Chicken Salad with Creamy Cajun Dressing is one of my all-time favorite main dish dinner salads!  It's got plenty of protein from the spicy grilled Cajun chicken, and a homemade creamy Cajun dressing to help tone down the heat just a bit.  And the crisp cucumbers, juicy tomatoes, and creamy avocado are just the thing for a warm summer evening meal!
Course: Main Course, Salad
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 762 kcal
Author: Amy Nash, House of Nash Eats
Ingredients
Salad
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 teaspoons Cajun seasoning
  • 4-6 cups mixed lettuce greens
  • 2 cups grape tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 1/2 of a red onion, peeled and sliced into thin strips
  • 1 English cucumber (or 2 Persian cucumbers), sliced into thin discs
  • 1 avocado, peeled and sliced
Creamy Cajun Dressing
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream (or Greek yogurt)
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan
  • Juice from 1/2 a lemon
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1-2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning (depending on how spicy you want your dressing!)
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Prepare the salad components by washing and drying the vegetables, then slicing the cucumbers into thin discs, cutting the grape tomatoes in half, and slicing the onion into thin strips. Wait to peel and slice the avocado until just before serving.
  2. Prepare the creamy Cajun salad dressing by processing all of the dressing ingredients together in a blender or food processor until completely combined. I would recommend starting with 1 teaspoon of Cajun seasoning and increasing the amount until you reach your desired level of heat. Refrigerate for 20 minutes before serving.
  3. Heat grill to medium-high heat. Place the chicken breasts on a baking sheet or large dish and pat dry. Drizzle lightly with olive oil and rub the chicken to coat evenly. Sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon of the Cajun seasoning over the top of each chicken breast, turn the chicken over and sprinkle each chicken breast with another 1/2 teaspoon of Cajun seasoning so the chicken is evenly coated on both sides.
  4. Place the chicken breasts directly over the heated side of the grill and grill for about 5-6 minutes per side, depending on the thickness of your chicken, until the internal temperature of the breasts reach 160 degrees using an instant read meat thermometer. You can also check whether the chicken is done by making a small cut into the thickest part to see if it is opaque in the center, or pressing on the thickest end of the chicken with your finger to see if there is any resistance. If there is no resistance, the chicken is done. Remove from the grill and rest for 5 minutes.
  5. Prepare each salad plate by dividing the lettuce between four large plates. Arrange the tomatoes, onions, cucumbers, and avocado on top of the lettuce, then slice each chicken breast into strips and arrange on top of each salad. Serve with Creamy Cajun Dressing.
Recipe Notes

You can either use a Cajun seasoning blend from the store or make a double batch of my favorite homemade Cajun seasoning spice blend with ingredients you likely already have in your pantry.

Nutrition Facts
Grilled Cajun Chicken Salad with Creamy Cajun Dressing
Amount Per Serving
Calories 762 Calories from Fat 396
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 44g 68%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Polyunsaturated Fat 10g
Monounsaturated Fat 18g
Cholesterol 188mg 63%
Sodium 3085mg 129%
Potassium 1411mg 40%
Total Carbohydrates 35g 12%
Dietary Fiber 10g 40%
Sugars 12g
Protein 61g 122%
Vitamin A 269%
Vitamin C 103%
Calcium 44%
Iron 27%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.