This week is Summer Salad week here at RMK. Before you know it Memorial Day weekend will be here to kick off Summer. After a comment from a reader about salad recipes, I thought a whole week devoted to salads just in time for summer would be the perfect way to begin the season. Today, I am sharing a Homemade Ranch and BBQ Chicken Salad.
It includes a made from scratch ranch dressing recipe. I used it to help recreate one of my favorite salads from one of my favorite lunch places – Cafe Zupas. I must say homemade ranch dressing is absolutely best. Especially if made with fresh herbs but for a real mom, that really doesn’t work. I don’t really like the stuff in the bottle. Now if you don’t want to make your own you can always go for a packet of dressing mix from the store. I actually like the packet from the store, but what if you don’t have a packet? That is why you need a recipe to do it yourself.
This recipe does use an ingredient that you may not keep in your spice cupboard, but you ought to.
I strongly encourage putting your bbq sauce in one of those condiment squirt bottles for this salad. It helps to even distribute the sauce over the salad. Plus, that is how they do it at Zupas. I used Cattlemen’s Mississippi Honey. You can also get tortilla strips to top the salad from the grocery store. I get mine from my local Smith’s (Kroger) in the produce section. I like to purchase. It just seems like when you make them at home you can’t get then REALLY crispy.
If you want to serve this salad up in true Zupas fashion, you serve it with a baguette slice on the side. Additionally, it would include a chocolate dipped strawberry!
I also recommend during the summer to grill up a bunch of chicken breast, allow them to cool, and dice them up. Then divide them up into freezer bags and keep them in the freezer. Then when you want an easy salad for dinner or even for lunch just get it out of the freezer and thaw.Print