As much as I love salads, eating the same over and over is can be pretty boring after a while. So why not switching things up? Heating up the grill for when your friends are over, chopping all the veggies and making an insanely delicious (not healthy tasting) salad. Doesn’t this sound nice? Well, whenever you are going to make this, you got to try it!
What’s a barbecue salad?
Maybe you think a barbecue salad is something you serve as a side when you are having a barbecue. I mean, I guess you can call it a barbecue salad, but this is not what we are doing here. Barbecue salad basically is a salad that has a source of protein in it (most of the time chicken) that is prepared on the barbecue and marinated in a barbecue sauce.
What’s in it?
So as I said, a source of protein. I prefer chicken here, but you could also go for tofu or tempeh if you want to make it vegetarian. As a base we are using some greens. Best is iceberg lettuce here, but really any green works. And then we have a ton of veggies. Here we have tomatoes, bell peppers, cucumber, radishes, onions, avocado, and grilled corn (this is an essential). If you want, you could also add some pineapple into here if that’s what you like but that’s optional.
The dressing usually is a ranch dressing. And it is often made with mayonnaise. But in this recipe we are making it a bit lighter. The dressing still is creamy and super tasty though. It mainly consists of greek yoghurt, sour cream, some olive oil, lemon juice and herbs. It has the perfect creaminess and taste but it is not very heavy.
Is it healthy?
It definitely is! You have got all the colours of the rainbow that exist. Therefore you have so many vitamins form the salad, tomatoes, bell peppers, cucumber and so on. Furthermore the salad does not have a lot of fat. Chicken breast is not high in fat and it is prepared very healthy. Thats another plus. And lastly the dressing is made rather healthy too. So, yep, all in all pretty healthy.
When to have it best
I mean this is completely up to you but I would recommend it as a main dish for example as a quick lunch or dinner. You can also meal prep this very well, just store the dressing on the side and take it on a picnic. If you are hosting a larger barbecue with friends you can also serve it as a side or as one of many dishes. But however you are going to serve it, it always is equally delicious!
I hope that you will enjoy this recipe as much as I do and that it helps you to switch up your salad game once in a while! It is perfect for those hot summer days!
Barbecue Chicken Salad
The perfect salad to switch up your salad game once in a while. Full of flavor, full of vitamins and super easy! All you want!
What you will need
For the barbecue chicken:
- 2 large chicken breasts about 500-600g
- 3 tbsp soy sauce
- 75 g ketchup (without added sugar prefered)
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tbsp vinegar
- 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tsp hot sauce optional
- 1 tsp salt
For the salad:
- 4 handful salad such as iceberg lettuce
- 1 cucumber
- 1 red bell pepper
- 1 corn on the cobb
- 1 avocado
- 1 large tomato about 150-200g
- 100 g radishes (about 5 pieces
For the dressing
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 50 g sour cream
- 150 g yoghurt
- 1 tbsp chopped parsley
- 1 tbsp chopped chives or basil
- 1/2 tbsp lemon juice
Combine all of the chicken marinade ingredients in a bowl. Cut the chicken breasts in half lengthwise and add it to the marinade. Let marinate in the fridge for about 2-4 hours. The longer the better. If you do not have the time leave it out.
Heat up the barbecue. Brush the corn on the cobb with olive oil and grill it on indirect heat for about 7 minutes on each side until golden. After the first 5 minutes add the chicken breast and grill on each side for about 5 minutes. First 5 on direct, second 5 on indirect heat.
In the meantime chop the salad, the tomatoes, cucumber, bell pepper. Finely slice the radishes. Half and depit the avocado and also cut into small chunks. Add it all to a large bowl.
Combine all the ingredients for the dressing in a bowl.
Once the corn is done cooking take it of the grill and cut the corn kernels of and add them to the rest. Toss the salad with the dressing and seperate onto bowls. Slice the chicken into fine strips and add it on top. Serve and enjoy!
Katie // Une petite Cuisinière