Wednesday, April 23, 2014

BBQ Chicken Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing

Ingredients for Salad:
· 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
· Salt and pepper, to taste
· ½ cup BBQ sauce
· 6 cups romaine lettuce, sliced or torn
· 1 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
· 1 cup whole kernel corn
· 1 cup black beans, drained and rinsed
· 4 strips bacon slices, cooked and cut into 1 inch slices
· ¼ cup cilantro, chopped

Ingredients for Creamy Avocado Dressing:
· 1 medium avocado, peeled, cored and diced into large chunks
· ¼ cup cilantro
· Juice of 1 lime
· 1 green onion, with ends snipped off
· 1 clove garlic or 2 teaspoons minced garlic
· ¾ cup buttermilk
· ¼ cup mayonnaise
· Salt and pepper to taste

Directions for Salad:
Season the chicken with salt and pepper and toss in BBQ sauce. Cook chicken on a grill or grill pan until cooked through, basting with remaining sauce throughout cooking process. Let the chicken cool and then slice.
Begin layering salad with lettuce, tomatoes, corn, beans, bacon and cilantro.
Drizzle with dressing. 

Directions for Dressing:
Puree all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Store any remaining dressing in refrigerator.

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