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An Oldie, But an Oh so Goodie!

Hope everyone had a nice weekend, here it is already Sunday night. This is the last week of school too, yikes summer is here!

It’s funny, I kind of forgot about the BBQ ranch chicken salad. I remember making it all the time a few years ago and even won a prize with a this combo as a pizza back in 04, then time passed and I was on to making other things.

However, Friday night I became a huge fan all over again! Our night started at the movies where we saw the comic book move, Ironman, it was pretty entertaining. The guys really liked it. It kept my interest.

After the movie we went to Paradise bakery for dinner. After contemplating on what to order, I decided last minute to get the BBQ Ranch chicken salad, with a sammy, of course. I am so glad I ordered that salad! It was so good that I had to go make my own version the next day. I had all of the ingredients on hand, so it came together quickly. I forgot how much I love the flavor combo of ranch and BBQ sauce, Yum! So, re-live the past, you certainly won’t be disappointed in this salad.

While I was trying to take pics of my salad, my little guy was patiently waiting to dig in as soon as I was done. I don’t know of many 3 year olds who like salad, but mine does. I had to get these pics of him getting as close as he could to my bowl! Little goof!

Making his move… 

Trying to go in for the kill, but licks the fork! 

BBQ Chicken Salad with Cilantro Ranch Dressing

3 Cups thinly sliced Green Leaf Lettuce
¼ Cup corn
¼ Cup black beans
8 grape tomatoes, halved
1 cooked grilled chicken breast
¼ Cup favorite BBQ Sauce
¼ Cup shredded mozzarella cheese

¼ Cup prepared ranch dressing
1 heaping Tablespoon fresh chopped cilantro leaves

1. Place lettuce into a salad bowl. Layer with corn, black beans and tomatoes. Dice cooked chicken breast and mix with BBQ sauce. Top over salad and sprinkle with mozzarella cheese.

2. Place ranch dressing and cilantro leaves into a small bowl to combine. Drizzle over salad and serve.

**This recipe is for 1 large serving, double accordingly**

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  1. 1
    Zen Chef says:

    Your little bundle of joy shows great taste! Haha. It’s funny to see a 3 years going for something like that. Watch out, he might become a chef! 🙂 Great combination, I bet it’s delicious!

  2. 2
    Grace says:

    yeah, i’d double this. even though i live alone, i’d double it and i’d eat it and i’d love it. fabulous salad!

  3. 3
    Prudy says:

    I love the pictures of your little boy. That’s testimonial enough. He probably likes salads because his mother is so good at making them. His little chubby hands are adorable!

  4. 4
    Patsyk says:

    I love how simple this is to make! I’m going to have to try this soon, I am sure we’ll love it.

  5. 5
    Jenny says:

    Hi Zen,
    Yah, this little guy loves to help out in the kitchen and enjoys just about anything I make. He’d make a great chef someday!

    Hi Grace,
    Do double it, it’s too good not to!

    Hi Prudy,
    Yah, my little guy is always standing close by the photo shoots, he knows he gets to dig in as soon as I’m done!

    Hi Patsy,
    Yes, simple is so nice isn’t it?!

  6. 6
    Catherine Wilkinson says:

    Oh boy! That about sums it up with kids, huh??? That’s hilarious! They ALWAYS know what’s good, don’t they!!! Great recipe!

  7. 7
    Kevin says:

    That salad sounds really tasty and good!

  8. 8
    Prudy says:

    I’ve got an award for you on my blog today. Come on over.

  9. 9
    Angela says:

    I haven’t commented in a while, but this looks so yummy. I am so grateful for all of your delicious recipes. Your hubby is a lucky man to have you cooking for him!! 🙂

  10. 10
    Emiline says:

    Ha ha- that is so funny! Good for him for eating his veggies!

    I’ve got to visit this Paradise Bakery sometime. The salad looks great.

  11. 11
    Jenny says:

    Hi Catherine,
    My little guy has great taste, he definitely takes after his mother!

    Thanks Kevin!

    Thanks for the award Prudy!

    Great to hear from you Angela! Thanks for the nice comment. I’ll remind my husband how lucky he is!

    Hi Emiline,
    Do try Paradise Bakery next time you come across one. Try the Fire Roasted Tomato soup too! And their cookies, one of each!

  12. 12
    Nash says:

    Where would I find some really cute sprinkles? I actually want more of a ball, maybe metallic, or just large crystals (like large sugar pieces).
    Also, Do you have a recipe for fondant, and one for cupcakes in ice cream cones?
    I couldn’t find your email address, sorry for all the ?’s.
    (it’s the week of all 3 of my kids bdays)

  13. 13
    Project Couture Vintage says:

    I sure love that little guy…I love his chubby little fingers in that first pictures! Salad looks delicious…what’s new!

  14. 14 says:

    that looks so yummy!
    i have to ask you how many times you go grocery shopping each week?!

    also, any ideas for what i could do with some leftover tri-tip? other than fajitas?

  15. 15
    Autumn says:

    BBQ sauce and ranch is one of my favorite combos ever. I’m so making this tonight!

  16. 16
    Ames Family says:

    I am going to make this tomorrow for dinner, thanks Jenny! I really LOVE your site!

  17. 17
    Bonnie says:

    Jenny, Sisters’ Cafe featured your Thai Peanut Chicken Noodles! I thought it was a nice gesture and it is such a YUMMY recipe. I made if for my family and they LOVED it. Thanks for all the time you spend sharing with us!!

  18. 18
    Kevin and Katrina says:

    Mimi’s Cafe used to have a BBQ chicken and ranch salad that I loved and they took it off their menu. I’ve made my own version many times, but like you forgot about it and haven’t made it for a while. Sounds de-lish! Yours is also beautiful!

  19. 19
    careymc says:

    Jenny, this looks so great – – can’t wait to try it! We miss you on MC! Are you coming back? 🙁

  20. 20
    Stacia says:

    HI Jenny-
    While we were in the process of moving this week I threw this salad together in a pinch (let’s just say we were sick of pizza and my mother-in-law has fed us way too many times lately.) My husband was inquiring as to how much this salad cost me to make him because he would definetely pay at least 10 bucks for it-hmmm…. maybe I should start charging him for each meal…..:)
    Anyway, thanks again for another great recipe to add to my book!

  21. 21
    Jaime says:

    i love BBQ chicken salads! not sure if i’d had it w/the ranch as well but it sure looks good.

    your son is so cute!

  22. 22
    Kandi says:

    What a cutie you have!
    That is a for sure must have recipe this summer. Thanks!

  23. 23
    Barbara Bakes says:

    I love this salad at Paradise Bakery. I’m going to put this on my list to make next week. Thanks!

  24. 24
    nicole says:

    Made this tonight and it is good without the ranch too.

  25. 25
    Gina Lee says:

    My husband LOVES Taco Salad but to be Frank, I am getting very bored with it… Now I’m excited to make it again and add this twist to it. I love BBQ and Ranch so I already know this is gonna be amazing. Thanks for sharing, I love your blog!

  26. 26
    Kameron says:

    Loved it! I actually combined the ranch and BBQ and used it as the dressing, then topped it with toasted corn tortilla strips – yum yum!!

  27. 27
    Laura says:

    This salad was sooo good! I’m so glad I made extra chicken so I could have it for lunch the next 2 days! Thanks for all the great recipes.

  28. 28
    Pattie says:

    Real good salad! Liked mixing the cilantro with the ranch. Ranch by itself is not very good in my book. Thanks again.

  29. 29
    JenHunsaker says:

    This salad is AWESOME with leftover chicken from your Adobo Peach BBQ chicken recipe and with the sweet sauteed corn recipe (as a substitute for the corn). Yummy!!!! Thanks so much for sharing.

  30. 30
    Chef Chuck says:

    Hello Jenny, Looks good, Your son has great potential do to his mom!
    My sons are older and now showing me great dishes. It Works!!

  31. 31
    Maggy says:

    This looks so good! I would love to have this for dinner in the Summer.

  32. 32
    ivoryhut says:

    I sooo want this salad for dinner tonight. Can you send your son along with it too? What a cute little goof!

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  34. 34
    Davis says:

    Just earlier this week I was thinking that I need to prepare more hot-weather-friendly meals. And then I saw this salad on PInterest. Thanks so much! I’ve subscribed to your blog…it looks a PERFECT resource for my favorite picky eater.

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