Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Barbecue Chicken Salad with Ranch

My mom loves barbecue sauce. So of course, her favorite salad would be one topped with bbq'd chicken (or bbq'd meat of some kind). She came over yesterday during lunch to visit my girls, so I thought I would try and throw together a tasty salad with what I had on hand.

We had grilled chicken left over from the night before, so I cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces and marinated it with some Jack Daniels barbecue sauce. If you like barbecue sauce, this is a tasty one.
Here's the marinated chicken. The picture was an afterthought, so it only captures a few pieces in the bottom of the Tupperware. Anyhoo, not important.

On top of the lettuce, I layered fresh garden tomatoes, slices of English cucumber, tortilla chips (for crunch and saltiness) and slivered almonds. For the dressing, I whipped together a homemade ranch. If you're going to have ranch dressing, it has to be homemade! It's soo good.
Picture Source: Simplyrecipes

So there you have it. The salad was very good if you like this combo of flavors. Fresh tomatoes and cucumbers along with crunchy chips and almonds, paired with bbq'd chicken and cold ranch dressing...yum!
BBQ Chicken Salad with Ranch
One small package mixed salad greens
2-3 tomatoes sliced
1 English cucumber sliced
1/2 cup toasted almonds
Cooked chicken marinated in bbq sauce, cut into strips
1 cup Tortilla strips
Homemade ranch
Layer all the ingredients, crack some fresh black pepper on top and serve. You can thin out a little bit of barbecue sauce and drizzle that on the top too.

* Grilled corn, toasted edamame, black beans...there are many tasty additions you could add to this salad.


shauna said...

You forgot to list the swiss cheese curls and celery (that you didn't eat). That was one great salad. I had the rest of it for dinner. Thanks for the chow.

jojo said...

That looks so good. There was a restaurant in Boulder that had fried chicken salads with ranch. You can guess who ate there at least once a month.


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