Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Oldies...But Goodies!

Time for another round of Oldies...But Goodies brought to you by my friends over at Fort Thompson. This my FAVORITE salad and since it is still blazing hot out here, I thought it would be a great one to rerun for all of you to enjoy. Whether you are trying to stay cool and want something refreshing for dinner or the kids are back in school and you are finding yourself without a lot of time for cooking, this salad fits the bill. Enjoy and Happy Tuesday!

BBQ Chicken Chopped Salad

Occasionally, when my son and I are out at the mall, we like to stop at California Pizza Kitchen for lunch. When we do, we share a bowl of their split pea soup(so good and so far I haven't been able to replicate it!) and a BBQ Chicken Chopped Salad. It's a pretty healthy and flavorful meal and I love that my 3 year old will scarf down every morsel of this salad. Here is my take on this salad, the dressing is a little different, but it tastes great! So simple and most everything can be prepared ahead, so for those week night dinners when there is never enough time, this recipe is for you! Keep in mind, you can use more or less of any item, add something new, etc., it's super versatile!

1/2 head romaine lettuce, chopped
1/2 head iceberg lettuce, chopped
1 14 oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 14 oz. can no salt corn, drained
1 avocado, chopped into chunks
1 tomato, chopped
1 small jicama,peeled and chopped
2 TBS. cilantro, chopped
1 lb. grilled chicken breasts, chopped
1/2 C. shredded jack cheese
3 corn tortillas, thinly sliced and fried(optional)

1/2 C. light ranch
1/4 C. bbq sauce

In a small bowl, combine ranch and bbq sauce and set aside. Combine lettuce, corn, beans, cilantro, cheese and jicama in a large bowl. Pour dressing over top and toss to coat. Arrange salad on plates and top with tomato, avocado, chicken and tortilla strips. Serves 4-6.

Ever tried jicama?: You will LOVE it! It's crunchy, slightly sweet and starchy and tastes somewhere between a potato and an apple. Plus, it's high in Vitamin C and FIBER! Try it with dip to spice up your crudite platter

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Tim said...

OH YES!! Another great one to add to my list, and so simple. Sounds allot like the factory chopped salad that you can get at The Cheesecake Factory. I love that salad.

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chili pepper said...

this sounds fabulous! One of our favorite restaurants makes a dressing with ranch and BBQ sauce and I keep thinking I am going to give it my own try. I love salad as a meal, especially, when it is too hot too cook. I am always looking for new varieties to keep it fun for hubby. Thanks for sharing!


Auntie E said...

great recipe. the family might like it, I have a teen and they hate everything you know,lol.

Mama M. said...

Wow, does that sound delish! I'm gonna have to try that one!

Kimberly said...

Mmmm..sounds like an easy and good dinner for after soccer practice:)

Alexis said...

That sounds YUM! I love trying new recipes. I'll have to put this on my *sighs* to-do list. :-)

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