Friday, February 12, 2010

Chicken Bacon Ranch Salad

Day 43.

This recipe was born of use-it-up necessity. Here's what I had that needed to be used up:

  • a whole cooked chicken, which I had stored in the fridge a couple days ago, intending to cut up and use in several recipes. I finally cut it up this morning and it's ready for about 4 recipes.

  • a package of bacon. Yeah, this stuff lasts a long time, but it's begging to be used Right Now.

  • cheese. Not in need of being used up before an expiration date, but I needed a reason to get it shredded.

  • sour cream and mayonnaise and chives. For the dressing.

  • bagged salad and some arugula.

It was pretty obvious what I needed to do. I needed to make a salad with chicken and bacon and ranch dressing. So here it is.

Chicken Bacon Ranch Salad

servings depend on amount of ingredients used.


  • cooked chicken (diced into bite sized pieces)

  • cooked bacon (2 strips per person ought to do it)

  • shredded cheese (I used cheddar)

  • lettuce/greens for salad (about 2 cups per person)

  • ranch dressing (recipe follows)

How it's Done:

  1. Simple! Place greens on a plate. Toss chicken with ranch dressing. Put chicken and bacon on bed of greens. Top with cheese. Serve with more dressing on the side. Tomatoes and onions are optional add-ins.

Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing:


  • 1/2 cup sour cream

  • 1 cup mayonnaise

  • 1 cup buttermilk

  • 1 tsp sea salt

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice

  • 3 tbsp finely minced chives

  • 1 Tbsp finely chopped fresh parsley

  • 1 tsp dried dill

  • 1/2 tsp freshly cracked black pepper

How it's Done:

  1. Whisk all ingredients together. Store in the fridge, tightly covered.


Andrea said...

Boy oh boy does that look GOOD! Your ranch dressing sound divine too. I can't wait to make this :)

Kristen said...

This looks great and I don't even like salad!! :)

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