Summer is grilling time. As soon as the weather heats up I'm ready to throw everything on the grill for that sweet smoky flavor, this salad included. I am in LOVE with this simple BBQ chicken salad recipe. In fact, the whole family is! There's not much better than marinated and freshly grilled barbecue chicken over fresh, crunchy summer vegetables- with a hefty dose of creamy ranch dressing, of course!
And because I'm pregnant and, let's be real- a little lazy, sometimes it's nice to not need one extra step for dinner. So for this recipe, I chose one of my (very few) favorite store bought dressings as a topper for this sweet and spicy summer salad- Ranch from Primal Kitchen Foods. Dressings tend to be packed with weird ingredients like inflammatory oils and added sugars. I love these dressings because they're made with avocado oil, a healthy monounsaturated fat just like olive oil, with no weird ingredients whatsoever. And they taste awesome (and I don't have to get out the blender!). Win-win! I get mine on Thrive Market (use our link for 15% off your first order).
Easiest Ever BBQ Chicken Salad Serves 4
4 thin-sliced chicken breasts (or whatever chicken your heart desires!) 3/4 cup lower sugar BBQ sauce (favorites include: Annie's or Tessamae's) 2 heads romaine lettuce, chopped finely 3/4 cup frozen defrosted or fresh grilled corn 3/4 cup chopped fresh tomatoes 1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions 1/2 cup crumbled bleu or shredded cheddar cheese (optional) homemade or store bought clean Ranch Dressing 1. In the morning or at least 1 hour before grilling, marinate chicken in barbecue sauce. When ready to grill, remove from sauce and grill on grill or in grill pan, at medium-high heat, basting with marinade, for 5-8 minutes per side until cooked through.
2. Meanwhile, layer lettuce, corn, tomatoes, green onions and cheese (if using).
3. Top with fresh grilled chicken and a drizzle of ranch. Serve warm.
How much easier can dinner be?! Make it even easier and meal prep the chicken, heating before serving.