Some salads are meant to be sides, but some (the best ones!) can stand as a dinner all on their own. This BBQ chicken salad is firmly in the latter camp: Juicy grilled BBQ chicken sits alongside festive South-of-the-border-inspired toppings like black beans, corn, cheese, and tortilla strips. Put that on top of some crunchy romaine and drizzle it with BBQ sauce and ranch dressing, and you’ve got yourself a hearty meal you’ll look forward to eating again and again.
The best part about this salad is how easily you can customize it to make it your own. We went with store-bought BBQ sauce (we ranked our favorite BBQ sauces here), but feel free to swap in homemade. Alternatively, we mixed up a smaller batch of our OG ranch dressing, but you’re welcome to use your favorite store brand. Skip the corn (or swap in fresh), use pinto instead of black beans, swap the tomato for bell pepper… the sky’s the limit here.
We like this with chicken breasts, but feel free to use what you’ve got. (Hot tip: This salad is the best way to use up BBQ leftovers.) If you do go with boneless, skinless breasts, we do recommend taking the time to pound them to a 1/2″ thickness before grilling. It will ensure your meat cooks quickly and evenly and doesn’t dry out.
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