Sunday, April 24, 2011

BBQ Chicken Salad with Creamy BBQ Cilantro Lime Dressing

Talk about a PARTY in my "boca". This BBQ chicken salad with the incredible dressing was an explosively great combination of flavors in my mouth.  I adore this salad!  It has definitely become a favorite of mine.  The dressing seriously makes the salad....absolutely IRRESISTIBLE!

BBQ Chicken Salad
3 cups cooked, shredded chicken
2 cups BBQ sauce
½ head iceberg lettuce, cored and chopped
2 romaine hearts, chopped
1/2 red onion diced
¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 1/2 cups frozen corn, thawed
1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
4 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, cubed small or shredded
4 ounces Monterey Jack cheese, cubed small or shredded

1.  Combine the cooked chicken and BBQ sauce in a medium bowl. Refrigerate until ready to use.

2.  In a large bowl, toss together the iceberg lettuce, romaine lettuce, red onion, cilantro, corn, black beans and cheese. Toss the mixed salad with about 1/4 to 1/2 cup of the dressing, if desired. Otherwise, you can serve the dressing on the side. Place salad on plates and top with the prepared BBQ chicken and additional dressing.

Creamy BBQ Cilantro Lime Dressing
1 cup mayonnaise, light or regular
1/3 cup milk
1/3 cup buttermilk
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, finely chopped
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 teaspoon white vinegar
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
1 garlic clove, finely minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 to 1/2 cup BBQ sauce

Combine all the ingredients together and whisk (or shake, if using a jar) vigorously to combine. You could also run this through a blender to make it even more smooth. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Recipe Source:  Mel's Kitchen Cafe

Linked to:  Tuesday Night Supper Club


...mol said...

I just prepped this for dinner tonight and the dressing is fantastic! I used less than half of the bbq sauce the recipe called for but it all looks/tastes/smells great! Thanks for your awesome blog! :)

carolinaheartstrings said...

OMG. I want to come to the party. This looks wonderful.

Christina said...

Wow this sounds fabulous! Thanks for sharing!


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