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large white bowl of Chick-fil-A side salad

Copycat Chick-fil-A Side Salad

  • Author: Brooke
  • Prep Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 8 cups 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian


Copycat Chick-fil-A side salad with chili lime vinaigrette dressing is an easy, healthy recipe that is simple and quick to make.  Perfect for BBQ and parties, this garden salad recipe is a breeze to double for a crowd.  The fresh ingredients come together in a snap to make a delightfully light and refreshing lunch or dinner.



Chili Lime Vinaigrette Dressing

  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (120 ml)
  • 3 tablespoons raw honey (72g)
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons lime zest
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle chili pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil (120 ml)

Garden Side Salad

  • 4 cups Romaine lettuce (116g)
  • 4 cups spring mix (77g)
  • 1 cup green cabbage, shredded (95g)
  • 1/2 cup Monterey Jack cheese, grated (38g)
  • 1/2 cup sharp cheddar, grated (38g)
  • 24 grape tomatoes (127g)
  • 1 cup crispy red peppers (63g)
  • 1/2 cup chili lime vinaigrette dressing (120 ml)

Optional Extra Toppings

  • 3 hard boiled eggs, chopped or sliced (100g)
  • 3/4 cup crumbled bacon, about 8 slices (56g)


Chili Lime Vinaigrette Dressing

  1. Whisk together all the ingredients (except the oil) in a large measuring cup or bowl, then slowly whisk in the olive oil.  Vigorously mix until all the ingredients are well blended.
  2. Transfer to a mason jar with lid and refrigerate.  Shake well before using, as the dressing will separate.

Garden Side Salad

  1. Wash, dry, and chop the romaine lettuce with a chef’s knife, then mix it with the spring greens.
  2. Put 2 cups of greens on each plate and place about 1/4 cup of cabbage on top.
  3. Sprinkle the two cheeses on the salads next; roughly 2 tablespoons of each kind.  Add 6 grape tomatoes and 1/4 cup of crispy red peppers to each plate.
  4. When ready to serve, drizzle 2 tablespoons of chili lime vinaigrette dressing on each plate.
  5. Optional: if you would like to add crumbled bacon and/or hard boiled egg for additional protein, please put it on before the crispy red peppers.



  • Want this made the night before?  Add the cheese, crispy red peppers and dressing just before serving, but the rest of the ingredients can be assembled.
  • Sprinkle the cabbage on top of each serving instead of mixing it in with the greens.
  • Leftovers of the dressing keep well in the fridge as long as it’s stored in a tightly sealed container.
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Chopped
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Chick-fil-A, sides, dressings

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