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BBQ Chicken Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing

BBQ Chicken Salad with Avocado Dressing

Up next is the salad that I made the creamy avocado dressing for, a hearty BBQ chicken salad that eats like a meal. With the warmer days here there is more time for grilling and throwing some grilled chicken onto a salad makes for some nice quick and easy summer meals. It has been a while since I have done anything with BBQ sauce and I had been craving the some of that tasty, sweet and spicy mixture! A BBQ chicken salad seemed like a great way to go and I was immediately thinking about building the salad up with some tomatoes, black beans and grilled corn from the cob. I was also initially thinking about adding diced avocado but I changed my mind and went with a fresh, creamy, guacamole like avocado dressing instead. The combination of the sweet and spicy BBQ chicken with the creamy avocado dressing was quit impressive and the rest of the salad did not disappoint either! I could easily see adding the diced avocado back into the salad along with the avocado dressing for the texture and even more avocado goodness!

BBQ Chicken Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing

A BBQ chicken salad with tomatoes, corn and black beans all dressed up in an amazing avocado dressing.

Servings: makes 4 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Printable Recipe
Ingredients
  • 4 small chicken breasts
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup BBQ sauce
  • 6 cups lettuce, sliced or torn
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 1 cup corn
  • 1 cup black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 4 strips bacon, cut into 1 inch slices and cooked (optional)
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, torn
  • 1/4 cup avocado dressing
Directions
  1. Season the chicken with salt and pepper and grill over medium-high heat until cooked, about 4-6 minutes per side basting the chicken in the BBQ sauce as you go.
  2. Let the chicken cool a bit and slice.
  3. Assemble salad and enjoy!

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27 comments:

monsterscircus said...

I really enjoyed your avocado dressing, it was so dreamy creamy! Then we'll have to try your bbq chicken. Have a wonderfull day!

glutenfreehappytummy.com said...

oh yum, that dressing sounds delicious! i had my first avocado dressing the other night and it was just delightful! thanks for sharing!

Jennifer and Jaclyn @ sketch-free vegan said...

hells yes!

Steve @ the black peppercorn said...

I just made an avocado dressing last week for a salad and it was the first time I had tasted it. I really enjoyed it. This recipe for the dressing and the salad looks wonderful Kevin. Great job!!

Gaby Godoy de Porras said...

Yum! looks delicious!!! thanks for sharing

Ashley Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine) said...

Yum, this looks like a great summer salad that is not only light but also bursting with flavor!

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

My favorite salad with even more avocado goodness!

lovely...

Cathleen said...

Wow, this looks absolutely delicious! I love the combination of ingredients. I have never tried making food with avocado yet, I've really got to start!

Joanne said...

I was waiting with bated breath and a growling stomach to see what you were gong to do with that dressing! Love it. Also, so happy we got to finally meet!

Carole said...

Nice use of avocado. It would be super if you linked this post in to Food on Friday Series which is all about avocado this week.

WokandSpoon said...

I like the heat in the dressing! I add chilli to everything.

Tanya Robinson VanElls said...

This looks insanely delicious...love that dressing idea...Thank You!

Sara said...

Yum, this salad looks amazing! I'm totally in love with the idea of an avocado dressing...looks creamy and so tasty! :)

Free Recipes said...

Sound delicious for this BBQ recipe! It's make me so hungry! I can't wait to eat this :)

Gwen said...

Perfect! Putting this on my menu for next week. Can't wait to try the avocado dressing!

mountain mama cooks said...

This looks delicious. Light and fresh for the summer. Anything with avocado is a winner in my book!

Stephanie305 said...

This was delicious! I followed the recipe exactly as written, and I added cheddar cheese to the salad. My husband and I both really enjoyed it. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

You are a culinary genious! I tried the BBQ chicken salad with creamy avocado dressing and am now officially in heaven.

Rachel said...

Yum! I like this one :-)

Chris said...

I'll be keeping this in mine, I just smoked a chicken yesterday and have some leftovers.

Kevin said...

Joanne: It was great meeting you at the BlogHer Food conference!

Kevin said...

Chris: Smoked chicken would be amazing in this salad! I so need a smoker!

vanillasugarblog said...

I thought of doing this, but forgot.
How was BlogHer?
Did you eat good food? See any sights?

Kevin said...

vanillasugarblog: BlogHer Food was great! The Seattle food scene is really good and filled with tasty food. I got the chance to visit the Pike Market while I was there.

Anonymous said...

I made the salad and dressing exactly as the recipes are written and they are wonderful. My daugher and husband used the remaining dressing as dip for veggies at lunch the next day. I will be making this again soon.

John said...

Going to try BBQ Chicken Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing and thanks for the recipe

Anonymous said...

This was really good. The dressing is so good and the whole salad came together quickly and was delicious. Thanks for this recipe - we will make this often.

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