I am the biggest fan of BBQ Chicken pizza, but sometimes I feel so heavy and gross after I eat it. So I thought to myself… why not turn it into a salad?
So that’s exactly what I did, and I think I have a new favorite lunch.
We also make this for dinner and it is absolutely delicious. This is a salad even my kids beg for more of. Which is usually pretty rare for my children. They are not huge salad eaters.
The corn and the black beans in this recipe really make it so tasty and give it the perfect flavor and texture.
If you are a barbecue chicken fan, you are going to love this one.
steps to making barbecue chicken salad:
I love this recipe because it tastes so fresh. All the ingredients combined taste so yummy, and it makes the perfect potluck dish, side dish, or main dish.
It’s also full of protein, and so yummy.
You can easily swap out any of the ingredients for your favorite alternatives, but I love this combination of ingredients.
I prefer mozzarella cheese on this salad, but again, this can be swapped out for parmesan, swiss, pepper jack, or any of your favorite cheese. I love this salad with feta cheese, but my husband isn’t much of a fan so we stick to mozzarella.
I used boiled chicken, but you could also use rotisserie, grilled, or baked chicken.
I also used black beans and canned corn, but you could use any type of beans or steamed corn. You could also go without but I love the flavor combination.
The dressing is a simple combination of barbecue sauce and ranch.
rinse and drain your beans:
This recipe calls for black beans, and it is so delicious with this salad. However, if your beans are not thoroughly rinsed and drained, they will bleed onto your salad, as well as leave a strong taste behind.
We recommend using a strainer to rinse and drain your beans.
If you don’t like black beans, you could also use pinto beans, or even go without beans.
sneak in more vegetables:
I love this recipe, because it is so simple to sneak in more vegetables, if you desire. I love the corn and black beans in this recipe, but it would be easy to sneak in more greens.
We recommend chopping up some green bell pepper, celery, cucumbers, broccoli, carrots, spinach, kale, cauliflower, olives, etc.
It’s a great way to sneak or introduce new vegetables into your kids diets. I have also found that the more my kids help cut up the vegetables, and help me put the salad together, the more likely they are to eat it.
They take some pride in all their hard work.
looking for more summer salads? here are a few of our favorite:
- Chopped Salad with Italian Chicken
- Nut and Berry Salad
- Layered Cobb Salad
- Mangoberry Salad
- Roasted Veggie Pasta
- Ramen Noodle Oriental Chicken Salad
- Mom’s Ranch Chicken Salad Sandwiches
Barbecue Chicken Salad Recipe
- 6 cups romaine lettuce
- 3-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts cooked and shredded
- ½ red onion diced
- ½ cup shredded Mozzarella cheese
- 1 avocado diced
- 1 (15 ounce) can black beans rinsed and drained
- 1 (15.25 ounce) can corn drained
- 1 cup BBQ Sauce
- ⅓ cup ranch dressing
- In a large bowl add lettuce, chicken, red onion, mozzarella cheese, avocado, black beans, and corn.
- Drizzle the ranch dressing and barbecue sauce over the salad and stir until the dressing is fully incorporated and mixed in. (you can also but a little on top for looks and extra flavor).
- Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.
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