McDonald’s Southwest Salad Recipe (Copycat)


McDonald’s Southwest Salad Recipe (Copycat)

How To Make McDonald's Southwest Salad (Copycat)

Make the famous McDonald's southwest salad right at your home with this easy recipe. This creamy salad dish even comes with crispy chicken.

Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Total: 40 mins


For Crispy Chicken:

  • ½ lb chicken tenders
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 cup regular breadcrumbs
  • cooking spray
  • salt, to taste (optional)

For Salad Fillings:

  • 1 romaine lettuce head, chopped
  • Black beans
  • Corn
  • Tomatoes, diced
  • ½ cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • Tortilla strips
  • Cilantro, chopped

For Southwest Salad Dressing:

  • ¾ cup sour cream
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp chili flakes


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Crack egg into a large bowl, then coat chicken in it. Mix panko and regular breadcrumbs in a large bowl, then coat chicken in the mixture.

  2. Place chicken tenders on a parchment-lined baking sheet and spray with cooking spray then season with salt if desired. Bake for 6 to 7 minutes per side until chicken is fully cooked.

  3. Meanwhile, mix ingredients together for salad dressing and assemble ingredients for salads while chicken is cooking.
  4. When chicken is done, remove from oven and let cool. Slice into strips then top each salad with chicken and toss in 2 tablespoons of dressing (or less) per salad. Serve and enjoy!


  • Sugar: 4g
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  • Calcium: 252mg
  • Calories: 410kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 33g
  • Cholesterol: 155mg
  • Fat: 19g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Iron: 3mg
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 5g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g
  • Potassium: 445mg
  • Protein: 25g
  • Saturated Fat: 9g
  • Sodium: 823mg
  • Trans Fat: 1g
  • Vitamin A: 1279IU
  • Vitamin C: 5mg
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