Wednesday, July 16, 2014

chopped bbq chicken salad with honey mustard vinaigrette

Hi friends! Apologies for the inconsistent, sparse posting lately... since we got back from our vacation last week, our air conditioning went out and we've basically been nomads. Our house is literally mid-90s inside. What in the world. But! The weather's cooling down a bit and it's supposed to get fixed by the end of the week, so... yeah. Fingers crossed for that!

Since turning on the oven is 100% not an option at this point, this is the only type of meal that is remotely acceptable to make. I used rotisserie chicken because... see above paragraph. Everything else is just chopping and tossing. It's easy and delicious!

Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go stick my head in the freezer. 

Chopped BBQ Chicken Salad with Honey Mustard Vinaigrette (adapted from How Sweet Eats)
serves 4

for the salad, you'll need:
1 lb. cooked chicken breasts, chopped
1/2 cup BBQ sauce
1 large head of romaine, chopped
2 ears sweet corn, kernels removed
1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
1/2 cup pepper jack cheese, shredded
a handful of croutons
1 avocado, pitted and chopped
lime wedges, for serving

for the vinaigrette, you'll need:
2 tablespoons honey
1 1/2 tablespoons grainy mustard
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
dash of cayenne
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
2/3 cup olive oil

First, make the vinaigrette by combining all of the ingredients in a jar. Close the lid, shake it like crazy, and set aside. 

In a medium bowl, pour the BBQ sauce over the chicken breasts and stir to coat. In a separate large bowl, toss the romaine, corn, bell pepper, bacon, cheese, and croutons to combine. Dress with the desired amount of dressing and toss again. Fold in the avocado and chicken. Serve with lime wedges and additional dressing, if desired.

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  1. You poor things. There's nothing worse than no AC in summer. Well, there are worse things, but no AC is not fun. But this scrummy salad will save the day. Especially if you sit in a cold bath to eat it.

  2. Marie, you and your husband are welcome to spend time at my is just not right to be a/c less in Dallas esp. this time of the year.

    1. You're so sweet!!! We are staying at a friend's house, hopefully heading home now that it's cooling down! Thank you SO much though!

  3. HI Marie, hope you get your a/c fixed soon, pretty clever of you to put this salad together. We probably would be eating most meals out.

    1. We have definitely done our share of that! Thanks Cheri!

  4. OMG this sounds amazing! Great refreshing salad for those REALLY hot days!

  5. So sorry to hear you are without AC! That is a nightmare… Love this gorgeous salad Marie. A perfect way to keep cool and happy. :)

  6. Now this is my kind of salad! Also, I hope your A/C is fixed soon! We spent one summer without it when we first bought our house (also the hottest summer on record in Memphis with constant heat warnings and consistent highs in the 100s+). Yeah, that wasn't fun, haha! So yeah, I hope yours is fixed soon!

  7. Hope your a/c gets fixed soon!! I know how you feel - ours just got fixed a few weeks ago :) Lovely salad!

  8. My friend just had her AC flake out on her and it was no fun...I remember it happened to us not long after we moved into our house years ago. I hope everything gets fixed and you'll be all again soon. : ) This salad is a wonderful idea - looks so satisfying.

  9. Oh boy - no fun, fingers crossed for a fast & easy fix! This salad is perfect!

  10. That sounds miserable. Hope it gets fixed before the weekend!! Sending hugs. And salad love. That dressing is calling to me.

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