BBQ Chicken Salad

This BBQ Chicken Salad is a crowd-pleaser with tender bites of grilled chicken brushed with bbq sauce, black beans, avocado, tomatoes, fresh corn cut from the cob, cilantro,  black olives and romaine lettuce all tossed in a delicious light ranch dressing.

This BBQ Chicken Salad is a crowd-pleaser with tender bites of grilled chicken brushed with bbq sauce, black beans, avocado, tomatoes, fresh corn cut from the cob, cilantro,  black olives and romaine lettuce all tossed in a delicious light ranch dressing

This barbecue chicken salad  combines crunchy romaine lettuce with BBQ chicken, corn cut from the cob, black beans, avocado, cilantro, cheddar cheese, and black olives, all tossed in a light ranch dressing.

This BBQ Chicken Salad is a crowd-pleaser with tender bites of grilled chicken brushed with bbq sauce, black beans, avocado, tomatoes, fresh corn cut from the cob, cilantro,  black olives and romaine lettuce all tossed in a delicious light ranch dressing

This hearty BBQ chicken chopped salad is my family’s absolute favorite salad. I love salads like this that are chock-full of fresh, vibrant, and flavorful ingredients that blend beautifully together to make a satisfying meal.

BBQ CHICKEN SALAD RECIPE

  • Chicken breasts, grilled, baked or broiled
  • Barbecue sauce (I like Sweet Baby Rays)
  • 1 cup Ranch Dressing
  • 2 cups corn kernels (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 15-ounce cans black beans
  • 1 cup tomatoes, diced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 2 large heads of romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 2 large ripe avocados, chopped
  • 2 cups black olives
  • 1-1/2 cups medium sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1-1/2 cups fresh cilantro, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup homemade ranch dressing
Ranch Dressing
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise (I use Best Foods olive oil mayo)
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup buttermilk (add more for desired consistency)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried chives
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt

HOW TO MAKE GRILLED CHICKEN SALAD

  1. Toss black beans, tomatoes, olives, cheese, cilantro, and Romaine Lettuce in large bowl.
  2. Add the Ranch Dressing a little at a time to lightly coat. Don’t drown the salad…you want to serve it with forks, not spoons.
  3. Grill the chicken on a barbecue, grill, or under the broiler, about 20-30 minutes depending on size and thickness.
  4. Brush barbecue sauce over the chicken. Remove from heat and set aside. Slice the chicken into strips lengthwise.
  5. Arrange the salad on plates and top with the chicken strips.
Ranch Dressing
  1. In a bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, herbs and spices. Add the
    buttermilk and mix well. Refrigerate for 1 hour before serving.

VARIATIONS

Use chickpeas instead of chicken for a vegetarian salad

Add tortilla chips or corn bread croutons

Instead of ranch dressing, use this killer Avocado Citrus Vinaigrette.  

This BBQ Chicken Salad is a crowd-pleaser with tender bites of grilled chicken brushed with bbq sauce, black beans, avocado, tomatoes, fresh corn cut from the cob, cilantro,  black olives and romaine lettuce all tossed in a delicious light ranch dressing

This BBQ Chicken Salad is easy to put together, and it’s a wonderful dish to make when you need to feed a crowd. Just make sure to add the ranch dressing at the last minute before you serve, otherwise your lettuce will turn soggy on you. Serve this barbecue chicken salad with lots of hot, fluffy cornbread.  Or make cornbread croutons to toss in the salad and wow your guests.

 

EASY SALAD RECIPES

Originally published 4.2012 – updated 8.2020

This BBQ Chicken Salad is a crowd-pleaser with tender bites of grilled chicken brushed with bbq sauce, black beans, avocado, tomatoes, fresh corn cut from the cob, cilantro,  black olives and romaine lettuce all tossed in a delicious light ranch dressing
Yield: 4 - 6 Servings

BBQ Chicken Salad

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour

This BBQ Chicken Salad is a crowd-pleaser with tender bites of grilled chicken brushed with bbq sauce, black beans, avocado, tomatoes, fresh corn cut from the cob, cilantro,  black olives and romaine lettuce all tossed in a delicious light ranch dressing.

 

Ingredients

  • 4 large free-range chicken breasts, grilled, baked or broiled
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce (I like Sweet Baby Rays)
  • 1 cup Ranch Dressing
  • 2 cups corn kernels (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 15-ounce cans black beans
  • 1 cup tomatoes, diced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 2 large heads of romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 2 large ripe avocados, chopped
  • 2 cups black olives
  • 1-1/2 cups medium sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1-1/2 cups fresh cilantro, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup homemade ranch dressing
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise (I use Best Foods olive oil mayo)
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup buttermilk (add more for desired consistency)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried chives
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, toss the black beans, tomatoes, olives, cheese, cilantro, and Romaine Lettuce. Add the Ranch Dressing a little at a time to lightly coat. Don’t drown the salad…you want to serve it with forks, not spoons.
  2. Grill the chicken on a barbecue, grill, or under the broiler, about 20-30 minutes depending on size and thickness. Brush barbecue sauce over the chicken. Remove from heat and set aside. Slice the chicken into strips lengthwise.
  3. Arrange the salad on plates and top with the chicken strips.
Ranch Dressing
  1. In a bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, herbs and spices. Add the buttermilk and mix well. Refrigerate for 1 hour before serving.

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