Chicken Pineapple Cilantro Layered Salad

Enjoy this easy entertaining Chicken Pineapple Cilantro Layered Salad for a luncheon, potluck, or summer party – with a fresh and tasty presentation!

Chicken Pineapple Cilantro Layered Salad

Friends, our sons turned 25 and 23 in the past week. May has been their “birthday month” for many years now, and it’s always fun when we’re together to celebrate.

Having gone to Seattle with the gang a few weeks ago, we all decided seeing the U2 Joshua Tree Tour for all of our birthday presents this year!

One thing about our boys is they are grateful young men. It’s nice to be around them. Gratitude spawns kindness and generosity. They are good with people, and they truly care about others and are interested in their lives. There are not a lot of young people who are willing and interested in investing in other people these days. Maybe it’s because I’m their mom–their biggest fans (as they both say – ha ha). I’m very excited to see where they go in life.

Love this quote:

Our work-a-day lives are filled with opportunities to bless others. The power of a single glance or an encouraging smile must never be underestimated. -G. Richard Rieger

Chicken Pineapple Cilantro Layered Salad

Chicken Pineapple Cilantro Layered Salad

Last week the boys requested a salad for dinner, so we made a delicious Chicken Pineapple Cilantro Layered Salad. Have you tried Briannas Cilantro Lime Dressing? It’s super yummy on this salad, with chicken, pineapple, beans, tomatoes, cilantro, and queso fresco cheese.

Chicken Pineapple Cilantro Layered Salad

So refreshing! (Note, I added black and kidney beans, but I think next time I’ll just add 2 cans of black beans.)

Chicken Pineapple Cilantro Layered Salad

Hey! We have new garden beds! I am so thrilled with how they turned out! On the side of the house we have hot sun. Remember our deck wraps around our house with no access to the ground (yay, no deer get to visit our garden!)

On the other side we’ll be planting tomatoes, more herbs (basil), rosemary, and more lettuce.

We’re wondering if we can do baby potatoes.

Stay tuned – I’ll be keeping y’all updated on the gardening progress, and a DIY post how we built the beds. We heard it’s rare to have a garden here, but like I said, no deer or wildlife can get to it.

Chicken Pineapple Cilantro Layered Salad

Remeber this Barbecue Chicken Pasta Layered Salad recipe? When readers asked how to serve the salad (it’s true, this salad makes a great presentation in a clear, glass dish), you can pour it into a giant bowl – add the dressing, toss, and serve!


Chicken Pineapple Cilantro Layered Salad

More favorite dishes: Thai Chili Lime Shrimp TacosVegetarian Sweet Potato Bean Enchiladas, Pedro’s Special Mexican Casserole, Layered Greek Dip [Garnish with Lemon], Pineapple Nilla Dip [Belly Full].

Chicken Pineapple Cilantro Layered Salad
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Chicken Pineapple Cilantro Layered Salad

Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Servings: 6


  • 1 cup Briannas Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing or our favorite dressing
  • 1 pound rotisserie chicken chopped
  • 1 15 oz. can Bush’s Black Beans rinsed and drained
  • 1 15 oz. can Bush’s Kidney Beans optional, if you want more beans, or add 2 cans of black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 large romaine hearts chopped
  • 1 20 oz. can pineapple chunks drained (or 1 1/2 cups fresh pineapple)
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes sliced in half
  • 1 cup queso fresco cheese crumbled
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro chopped
  • Avocado optional


  • In a large glass bowl, layer half the lettuce, all of the chicken, beans, half the lettuce, pineapple, cheese, tomatoes, and cilantro.
  • Serve with a side of dressing!
  • Optional to dump all ingredients in a large bowl; toss and serve (instead of layering the ingredients).
  • Serve immediately, or toss together in a large bowl. You can cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Chicken Pineapple Cilantro Layered Salad

3 comments on “Chicken Pineapple Cilantro Layered Salad”

  1. Happy belated birthday wishes to your boys! What a great idea to enjoy the concert together, making memories instead of accumulating stuff.

    Your box garden is adorbs. I really love it and and so happy you have it.

    Did you know that I made a crazy similar salad Wednesday night, here at the farm? I think the season just calls for lime-cilantro everything. Yes to black beans too.


  2. Came looking for the Broccoli Salad…making this now too!! Yummy!! Love love love the garden and well you know how we all feel about the boys and Abs. Love them all to the moon and back!!

  3. I love cilantro to a point, but not too I also noticed how often cilantro is added to dishes that I would never think to add it to when I’m watching cooking shows…I guess I’ve always just seen it as for mexican. Hmmm….

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