Day #4: BBQ-Chicken-Cheddar Salad
Yesterday my husband and I met my parents in Bakersfield, CA — our “halfway” point — to pick up our kids. We indulged ourselves in a delicious In-N-Out burger for lunch. I wasn’t worried about eating the cheese burger, because I knew I had a wonderful salad waiting for me at home that I could eat for dinner.
When dinnertime came around, I made the kids their dinner… then pulled out two mason jars filled with my BBQ-Chicken-Cheddar Salad (one with dressing and one without).
- 2 tbsp of Ranch Dressing (you can add to jar as your bottom layer or at the time you open the jar to eat your salad)
- 1 tbsp of BBQ sauce
- 1/4 cup of shredded chicken breast
- 1/2 cup of sprouts (or just a handful…I didn’t measure, I just grabbed a handful and evenly distributed one package up into the 12 jars)
- 1 cup romaine lettuce (Give or take…again, I didn’t use a measuring cup. I just grabbed a handful and tried to place the lettuce in the jars evenly.)
- 1 cup of iceberg lettuce
- 4 mini carrots – chopped
- cheddar cheese (add as much as you like…I used about 1/8 cup of shredded cheddar cheese)
- (optional) tortilla chips can be added at the time you make your salad
First of all I have to tell you I was AMAZED that the cheese wasn’t all gross and slimy. I thought for sure after 4 days in the refrigerator, stuffed in a jar that had moisture in it, that the cheese wouldn’t hold up. I was happily mistaken. The cheese stayed as fresh as all of the other ingredients! The only thing I would change for next time is either add the Ranch/BBQ after the chicken or not at all. The Ranch/BBQ was difficult to get out of the jar. You would need a spatula to get all the dressing out.
Our salad was delicious! Very refreshing to eat a salad without having to make it!
This salad is approximately 421 calories (due to the tortilla chips that I added for an extra crunch).
After 5 days in the refrigerator, my salads are still crisp and fresh.
Today my husband took the Strawberry-Pear-Chicken-Almond Salad to work for lunch… so I decided to follow suit and eat the same salad.
These two jars already had the dressing in them. Like my previous experience with the Cranberry-Chicken-Walnut Salad, the chicken absorbed a lot of the dressing. However, I also noticed that the fruit also soaked up some of the dressing, making the fruit not as firm as the first day we ate this salad.
Though the salad was still filling and delicious (all of the flavors meshed well together), I think next time I will omit the dressing until it’s time to eat…or place the fruit towards the top of the jar.
Four salads remain in the refrigerator…so I am starting to plan my next few salads. We love Taco Salad, so I think that will be on my list. What is your favorite salad?