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Summer is here!!!! This salad is so delicious. It’s a great option for Grill Night. My daughter-in-law made it for us one summer day. It was perfect. You can pair it with my grilled herb bread to make a fabulous meal!

This is a salad that the whole family will love! Because it has so many different ingredients, people can mix and match to make it exactly how they want it!

Served with our homemade Buttermilk Ranch dressing, you won't find a better BBQ chicken salad anywhere!


  • 4 small boneless/skinless chicken breasts (grilled and sliced)
  • Coarse salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper 1⁄2 cup BBQ Sauce (plus additional for adding to the salad (your favorite kind))
  • 6 cups Romaine lettuce (sliced or torn)
  • 1 to mato (diced)
  • 1 cup corn ((fresh or frozen), cooked)
  • 1 cup black beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 avocado (chopped)
  • 1 ⁄4 cup cilantro (chopped)
  • 1 ⁄4 cup Ranch Dressing
  • 1 lime (cut into wedges Tortilla strips for topping)
  1. With a wet paper towel wipe off the chicken. Season with salt and pepper. Turn the grill to medium high heat.
  2. Oil the grate. Take a paper towel and fold it into a square. Drizzle with oil, using your tongs run it over the top of the grate. Grill the chicken 4-6 min. per side, basting the chicken with BBQ sauce as you go. Let the chicken cool a bit and slice.
  3. In a medium size bowl combine the lettuce, tomato, corn, black beans, avocado, cilantro and ranch dressing. Mix. Add in the warm sliced chicken and more BBQ sauce, to your liking. Squeeze lime juice onto the salad and top with Tortilla Strips. Serve.
  4. Serve with: Grilled Garlic Parmesan Bread page 173.

Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 tbsp minced fresh cilantro
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp minced fresh garlic
  • 3/4 tsp minced fresh oregano (or 1/4 tsp dried)
  • 1/2 tsp minced onion
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  1. Mix all the ingredients in a blender.

  2. Use immediately or store in a tightly covered container and refrigerate up to 1 week. Shake well before using.


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