BBQ Chicken salad is one of my family’s favorite salads. We like to eat salads about once a week. They are easy, sort of healthy and in the summer when you don’t want to turn on the oven, they are fabulous. This salad hits it out of the park! All the flavors come together to make something really delicious. And it is so crazy easy, you might cry tears of joy.
This recipe is more of a guide. Your salad will not explode if you put a little more or a little less of any of the ingredients. I usually just eyeball it. It isn’t rocket science.
Sometimes I put the chicken in, sometimes I leave it out. Sometimes I just use shredded chicken from a rotisserie chicken (if you really, really don’t want to heat up your house in any way, this is a win), sometimes I cook my own. Sometimes I just coat the chicken in salt and chili powder and saute it and sometimes I grill it. Sometimes I toss it with a little extra barbecue sauce after it’s cooked, sometimes I don’t. Just makes me sound indecisive doesn’t it? I like to think that I’m just flexible.
The dressing is miraculous because it is so easy and so tasty. Half barbecue sauce and half ranch dressing. Mix it together, what do you got? Something that tastes like it was a lot more work!
Remember the salad rules of deliciousness I shared in the oriental salad post? Let’s review to make sure this salad indeed meets the criteria to be called delicious and receive my stamp of approval.
1. Leafy green- Check, check
2. Contrasting texture(s)- corn, beans, tomatoes, avocado. It’s full of those
3. Strong Flavor- Cilantro
4. Something sweet- Barbecue sauce in the dressing.
5. Something crunchy- French Fried Onions
6. Something Creamy- Avocado and a creamy dressing.
It’s official, this salad is delicious. It has all the right stuff!
If you take out the french fried onions and make sure your barbecue sauce and ranch dressing are gluten free, then you have a delicious gluten free meal.
Enjoy the Memorial Day Weekend and thank you to all those who have served our country!