Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Southwestern BBQ Chicken Ranch Salad

Did you ever have something at a restaurant and say to yourself, I can definitely make that on my own?? My husband John says it all of the time but never actually comes home to try. I decided instead of driving 20 minutes and paying $15 I would attempt to replicate my favorite go to salad at The Cheesecake Factory. I was very impressed at my own version and plan on making it for lunch again soon.

3-4 Cups Lettuce
15oz Can Black Beans - Drained & Rinsed
15oz Can No Salt Added Corn - Drained & Rinsed
Large Red Pepper - Diced
Ripe Avocado - Sliced
Piece of Grilled Chicken Breast - Diced
2 Tbsp BBQ Sauce
2 Tbsp Ranch Salad Dressing
1/4 Cup French's French Fried Onions

Start with a bowl of fresh washed and ripped lettuce, it doesn't really matter what kind: iceberg, romaine, green leaf, Boston, bibb whatever you have around the house or is on sale will do just fine.

Top the lettuce with corn, black beans, red pepper, and avocado. I put about a half of cup of each topping in it's own section. The Cheesecake Factory also puts diced tomato but since I'm not a huge fan I leave them off, you are obviously more than welcome to add them back in if you'd like.

Toss your diced grilled chicken in the BBQ sauce and place it in the middle, on top of your salad. Drizzle the ranch dressing over the top of the entire bowl. The Cheesecake Factory tops this salad with lots of crispy onion straws so instead I sprinkle the french fried onions on top of mine for a nice crunch.

Enjoy!! - Nicole


  1. I'm definitely pinning this one! It sounds like a delicious summer dinner. Thanks so much for sharing.

  2. Thanks for sharing my favorite salad at Cheesecake Factory! I showed off your recipe on facebook!
    ---Sheryl @ Lady Behind The Curtain---

  3. Heaven help me...that is wonderful! Pinning right away!! Thank you!

  4. That is my favorite Cheesecake Factory salad!!! Thanks for sharing! :)

  5. This looks delicious, can't wait to try it! Thanks for sharing

  6. That looks so good!

  7. Thanks so much for bring this to the Weekend Potluck. It looks so incredible and I was just about to share it with everyone... but saw that you didn't link back. Phooey! Even so, it looks like something I would LOVE to eat. :)

  8. YUM! This sounds delish! I order this kind of salad all the time in restaurants. Thanks so much for stopping by Creative Thursday last week. I couldn’t do these parties without you. Can’t wait to see what you link up this week. Have a great weekend.

  9. This is one of my favorites at the Factory too!!! And so much cheaper than the $15 they charge:-)

  10. This is a very nice chicken dish. Would you be happy to link it in to my Chicken Edition of Food on Friday? This is the link . I found this via The Real Housewives of Riverton.

    1. Great that you linked this in. Hope you enjoyed the great collection of chicken dishes we now have.

      Have a super week.

  11. Thanks for linking in to Food on Friday: Pasta and Noodles. We now have a fantastic collection of all things pasta and noodles.
    I am a follower. A follow back to Carole's Chatter would be wonderful – or are you already following? Cheers


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