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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Homestyle Grilled Chicken Salad

It feels like forever since I've been able to share a recipe, so I'm especially happy to share this one. This simple salad reminds me of home - of the kinds of yummy salads you'll find in a Pennsylvania pub.

When I first started trying to eat healthier, I always looked at the salad menu cautiously.  There were lots of things listed that I didn't like, but how can you go wrong when your salad has French fries on top?  

This particular salad is one of my favorites.  With only a few ingredients, it's full of bold and simple flavors.  You won't leave the table hungry, but there's lots of nutrition hidden under those few fries.

Here's how to make it:

  • 1-2 heads of romaine lettuce, washed and chopped
  • 1 lb. of chicken tenders
  • your favorite barbecue sauce
  • 1/2 c. of shredded monterey jack cheese
  • a handful of carrots
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • Oreida crispy French fries
  • honey mustard salad dressing
  • 1/2 c. prepared bacon crumbles (I bake bacon ahead, crumble it, and keep it in my freezer for these types of recipes.)
  • sliced onion (optional)
  1. Grill the chicken tenders.  Coat with your favorite barbecue sauce just before they're done.
  2. Bake French fries according to package directions.  Add crumbled bacon to the fries during the last 5 minutes of baking time.
  3. Arrange romaine lettuce on plates.
  4. Top with carrots and onions.
  5. Allow the chicken to rest for a few minutes after removing from heat.  Slice into strips.
  6. Arrange the chicken slices on top of the lettuce beds.  
  7. Top with fries, bacon, and tomatoes.
  8. Serve with honey mustard dressing and fresh fruit slices.
  9. Serves four.
What's your favorite kind of salad??

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