Copycat Pollo Loco Tostada Salad


Pollo Loco Tostada Salad 

Pollo Loco tostada salad is an easy and delicious taco salad recipe. This copycat recipe is very similar to what El Pollo Loco sells, which can be enjoyed anytime you want. This delicious taco salad is a great meal for any occasion. Give this tasty recipe a try today, and let us know what you think about it!  

Pollo Locco salad

El Pollo Loco Classic Tostada Salad with Chicken  

El Pollo Loco classic toasted salad with chicken is so delicious you might just find yourself craving this food. Thankfully, pollo loco tostada salad is quite simple to make from scratch and enjoy anytime you want. If you’re looking for an easy and relatively healthy meal, this salad recipe is one you should try.  

Fire – Grilled Ultimate Double Chicken Tostada Salad 

Part of what makes the salad so delicious is the grilled chicken, however, you can grill the chicken, or you can cook it on your stovetop and still enjoy the deliciousness.  
This taco salad is a perfect combination of chicken, lettuce, tomatoes, avocados and so much more delicious goodness wrapped up in an amazing taco salad. Below you will find a shopping list of all the ingredients you will need in order to make this tasty copycat salad.  

What You Will Need: 




Sour cream 

Shredded cheese 


Tortilla shells 

Olive oil 

Garlic salt 

Helpful Kitchen Gadgets:  


Cutting board 


Grill (or) 

Cast iron grill pan 

Chicken Tostada Salad 

Chicken tostada salad is a perfect dinner for when you are in a hurry or looking for something on the healthy side or are in the mood for a taste of Mexican.  
Honestly, it’s so hard to go wrong with this delicious salad. This recipe is a great go-to recipe when you are looking for dinner on the go or at any time.  

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Classic Tostada Salad 


Yield: 2 Salads 


2 boneless skinless chicken thighs or breasts 

1 Tbsp olive oil 

½ tsp garlic salt 

1 head Romaine lettuce, rinsed and chopped 

1 medium Roma tomato, diced 

1/3 cup shredded cheese 

2 Tbsp sour cream 

1 avocado, sliced 

2 large tortilla shells 


Step 1: Cook Chicken 

Begin by cooking or grilling your chicken. First, cut your chicken into small cubes, toss them with a drizzle of olive oil and garlic salt, then cook or grill your chicken until it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F. Remove from the heat.  

Step 2: Prepare Salad Fixings 

Next, cut your lettuce, tomatoes, and avocados. Set aside until ready to use.   

Step 3: Tortilla Shell 

Then, take a skillet and drizzle it lightly with olive oil, place it over medium-low heat. Add your tortilla shell and warm for approximately 30 seconds or until the tortilla shell begins to bubble.  
Flip to the other side and repeat the process. Then place your tortilla shell into a lightly greased oven-safe dish. Bake your tortilla shell at 400°F for approximately 5 to 8 minutes or until it is lightly golden. Remove from the oven. 

Step 4: Assemble 

Now it’s time to assemble your salad. Remove your tortilla shell from the baking dish and add your lettuce, chicken, tomatoes, shredded cheese, sour cream, avocados, and any additional ingredients you desire. Serve right away, and enjoy!  


Please note that there are many different ingredients you may include if desired. These are the basic ingredients that we recommend including when making this copycat recipe. As always, you are welcome to get creative and add your own flair to the dish.  

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Nutrition Facts 

The above recipe contains approximately 2 serving. We have estimated that one serving contains 513 calories. We have also estimated that one serving also contains 38.3g total fat, 89mg cholesterol, 195mg sodium, 16.5g total carbohydrates, 29.4g protein.

Tips and Tricks 

Tip #1 

If desired, your tortilla shells may be prepared in advance. We recommend preparing it before you begin so that it has time to cool, or you can prepare as needed. You will not want to prepare those days in advance as they can get soggy.  

Tip #2 

Get creative and add your favorite ingredients to the salad. Ingredients such as black beans, or corn are great additions. Think about what you like to enjoy, then add them to the salad!  

Storage Tips 

Room Temp: We highly recommend the salad be kept at room temperature for no more than two hours. Food that is stored at room temperature for any longer than two hours runs a high risk of growing bacteria and giving you food poisoning.  
If you are in a warmer climate, you’ll want to be careful of this especially, as the time may even decrease.  

Fridge: The best storage method for any leftover salad is to store it in your refrigerator. To do this, you will want to transfer your salad into an airtight container, then place it in the refrigerator for up to three days.  
Please note that your salad is likely to keep well, however, we do not recommend storing your tortilla shell as it is likely to become soggy. Please also note that if you have any dressing in your salad it is likely to not keep well and should be eaten the day it is made.  

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What To Serve With Pollo Loco Tostada Salad 

There are many different things you can serve alongside this copycat Pollo Loco Tostada salad recipe. Some great dishes include Tres Leche cake, croutons, or something as simple as rice. You could even prepare some iced tea or iced coffee to go with your delicious salad.  

El Pollo Loco Chicken Tostada Salad 

El Pollo Loco Chicken Tostada Salad is a perfect dinner recipe. This recipe is loaded with delicious goodies that taste amazing and are good for you. Give this recipe a try today so that you can taste for yourself how delicious it is!  

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2 thoughts on “Copycat Pollo Loco Tostada Salad”

  1. 5 stars
    I make this regularly. It’s my way of having salad! I make it on the healthy side and include salsa! Thanks for the site!


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