BBQ Chicken Salad with Cilantro Ranch Dressing

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Every once in a while you come across a recipe and you just know without a doubt that you're going to love it. This one I found on Marin's Creations was one of those. I started salivating the moment I read the ingredients and we were not disappointed with the fresh, flavorful results. My husband and kids couldn't stop raving about it and still keep asking me when I will make this delicious hearty salad again. Thanks Marin for a great recipe---next on my list are those yummy looking chicken burritos!

The ingredients:

(Oops! I forgot to add the BBQ sauce to the picture.)

2 hearts of Romaine, chopped
1 can corn
1 can black beans
15 grape tomatoes, halved (or just chopped tomatoes)
3-4 cooked chicken breasts, cubed or shredded
favorite BBQ sauce
Mozzarella cheese

DRESSING: (the dressing reminded me a lot of my favorite Cafe Rio dressing recipe, except not so spicy)
1 envelope Hidden Valley Ranch dressing
1 cup mayonnaise
1 cup milk (I like to use buttermilk)
1/2 bunch cilantro
1 clove garlic
juice of one lime (or 2 Tbs.)

Place lettuce in a serving bowl. Layer with corn, black beans, and tomatoes. Mix cooked chicken with BBQ sauce and top over salad. **I cooked the chicken in the crockpot, drained it, then added the BBQ sauce.** Sprinkle mozzarella over the top.

Place dressing ingredients into blender or food processor and combine well.
** I prepared the dressing earlier in the day to give the flavors a chance to blend. **

Drizzle over salad.



My Little Space July 19, 2009 at 9:31 AM  

Thank you so much for sharing this salad dressing recipe. I've been searching up & low for different kinds of dressing for my kids!They're really picky and always wanted to try new things.

teresa July 19, 2009 at 11:26 PM  

Oh wow, yeah, I'm pretty sure we would love this too!

Lynn July 20, 2009 at 1:12 AM  

This looks so tasty, especially with that cilantro dressing. Yum! We grew some cilantro in our garden this year, but unfortunately after about two weeks it went to seed :( But maybe I'll have to break down and buy some so I can make this. Thanks for sharing.

K July 30, 2009 at 10:39 PM  

So so so yummy! I loved it! I'm sending the recipe to several of my friends.

Mirien August 6, 2009 at 2:25 AM  

This salad was really good--one I'll definitely make again.

Valerie March 18, 2011 at 1:51 AM  

This looks like my kind of ssalad!!

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My name is Lara and while I'm definitely not a gourmet cook, I do love preparing tasty, healthy meals for my family. Finding new recipes to try and sharing the ones we've already fallen in love with is a passion I've had since college and the reason why I've started this blog! With five kids, I'm usually in a hurry, so you'll find most of these recipes kid friendly and simple to make.

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