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Jamaican Jerk Chicken Salad With Lime Vinaigrette

Large colorful plate of Jamaican Jerk Chicken Salad.

Close up of colorful plate of Jamaican Jerk Chicken Salad.

This Jamaican Jerk Chicken Salad is topped with saucy grilled chicken, refreshing fruit and veggies, and drizzled with a lip-smacking lime vinaigrette.

Since this recipe incorporates tropical flavors and grilled meat, I was going to to save it for warmer weather—but there was no way I could wait that long. If you suffer from seasonal affective disorder (oh-so-appropriately abbreviated as SAD), then the bastard has probably kicked into overdrive by now. So, it’s time for a culinary pick-me-up.

Some folks rely on light therapy while others play with aromatherapy, but I rely on vibrant food and bright flavors. (It’s always about food over here.) I’ll be the first to admit that pizza is my go-to for curing the blues, but I’m also pretty keen on big, bountiful salads that act like a meal. They’re revitalizing! (Not to mention a smarter choice than a cheesy pie.) Especially when topped with juicy chunks of pineapple, peppery mango, crisp bell peppers, and cooling cucumbers. Oh, and creamy avocado if you’re into that :)

Bowl full of fresh cut up fruits and veggies.

Jamaican Jerk Chicken Salad With Lime Vinaigrette.

Are you familiar with jerk sauce? (Don’t worry, this is PG.) I think it’s unparalleled in the sauce world. I can’t come up with anything that would properly substitute it. With Scotch bonnet peppers, all spice, cinnamon, cloves, and thyme, the result is fragrant, sweet, fiery, herbaceous, and warming. It’s extremely welcoming to the sweetness of tropical fruits.

And then there’s that lime vinaigrette! Let’s talk about that.

Hand drizzling lime vinaigrette over salad.

When it came to coming up with a vinaigrette for this salad, I couldn’t think of a better flavor. Not only is lime reminiscent of summertime, but I swear it makes every other ingredient sing. When I tasted this vinaigrette on its own I was a little worried since it’s very tart (because limes). But once it’s drizzle over all of that other goodness, it works. It works SO well.

Large colorful plate of Jamaican Jerk Chicken Salad.

If Jerk flavors are your jam, check out my Grilled Jerk Fish Tacos With Tangy Peach Salsa!

Here are some other great ways to Jerk your food…

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Jamaican Jerk Chicken Salad With Lime Vinaigrette

This Jamaican Jerk Chicken Salad is topped with refreshing fruit and veggies, then drizzled with a lip-smacking lime vinaigrette.

Course Main Course, Salad
Cuisine Jamaican, Jerk
Keyword easy, healthy
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 2 people
Author Dana Sandonato

Ingredients

Jamaican Jerk Chicken Salad.

  • 2 skinless boneless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup good quality Jerk sauce, plus more for drizzle
  • 8 cups mixed salad greens, washed and patted dry
  • 1/2 cup diced fresh pineapple
  • 1 ripe mango, diced
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 1/2 cup diced grape tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup diced cucumber
  • 1 avocado, cubed (or sliced)
  • 1/4 cup freshly chopped parsley or cilantro

Lime Vinaigrette.

  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 limes zested and juiced
  • 1 tsp raw liquid honey
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp kosher or sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp cracked black pepper

Instructions

Jamaican Jerk Chicken Salad.

  1. Place chicken thighs in a medium-sized bowl or marinating bag and drizzle with Jerk sauce; toss to coat. Set aside. 

  2. Preheat your grill on medium-high heat—about 400º F. (See notes for baking instructions.)

  3. Prepare the pineapple, mango, red onion, tomatoes, cucumbers, cubed avocado, and parsley. Toss them all into a bowl together and set aside. If you simply slice the avocado, leave it aside to top the salads later. (I slice mine because I love big pieces of avocado in my salad, but this is a personal preference and it's delicious either way!)

  4. Once the grill is heated, place saucy chicken breasts onto the grill and drizzle them with any leftover sauce they were sitting in. Grill for 5-7 minutes, flip, and grill for another 5-7 minutes or until they reach an internal temperature of 165º F and juices run clear.

  5. While the chicken cooks, prepare the vinaigrette (recipe below).

  6. Once the chicken is ready, slather them with some extra Jerk sauce and slice or cube them. Place mixed salad greens in serving bowls, top with fruit and veggie mixture, sliced avocado, and finally, top with the chicken. Drizzle with your desired amount of dressing and serve.

Lime Vinaigrette.

  1. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk the olive oil, lime zest, lime juice, honey, cayenne, salt, and pepper together until cohesive.

Recipe Notes

If you're baking your chicken, preheat the oven to 375º F. Place the saucy chicken in a baking dish and drizzle with whatever sauce is leftover from the marinading process. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165º F and the juices run clear.

Wondering about the marinade time? America's Text Kitchen recently busted the myth of marinating poultry, which is why I no longer marinate it for hours. Marinating chicken doesn't do anything. I like to give the chicken a toss in the sauce before cooking so that the chicken is seasoned and gets a nice coating while cooking, but that's it. You can definitely let your chicken sit in the marinade for longer in the fridge to help with time and prep, but it won't change the texture of flavor of the inside of the chicken.

Jamaican Jerk Chicken Salad With Lime Vinaigrette

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8 Comments

  • Reply
    Vanessa | Zest & Simmer
    February 25, 2019 at 9:21 am What a wonderful recipe to beat the winter blues with! It looks so flavorful and delicious, I look forward to making this one!

  • Reply
    Elaine
    February 19, 2019 at 11:01 am I'm with you on bringing bright colours and bold flavours to the table at this time of year, and your beautiful salad does both! Pinned and yummed!

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    Leanne | Crumb Top Baking
    February 19, 2019 at 9:32 am The temperatures are really dipping this week, and this will be our coldest stretch so far this winter. So I really need this tropical escape right now! This is a stunning salad Dana, and I'm really feeling the pineapple, mango and avocado!

    • Reply
      Killing Thyme
      February 23, 2019 at 10:10 am Thanks, Leanne! I hope this salad helps to kick your winter funk :)
  • Reply
    marilyn @family food around the clock
    February 18, 2019 at 4:41 pm Love this recipe! Thanks for sharing :)
  • Reply
    Donna
    February 15, 2019 at 6:22 pm What a beautiful, colourful salad! This dish looks incredible and sounds really tasty. I have yet to experiment with Jamaican flavours, but this sounds like something I would really enjoy. Thanks for sharing! http://seasonshealings.com

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