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BBQ Chicken Salad with Homemade Buttermilk Ranch

This BBQ Chicken Salad with Homemade Buttermilk Ranch is the perfect light and fresh summer grill recipe! Perfect for Sunday dinner with the family and meal prep for the week! 

May 10, 2019 (Last Updated: July 13, 2019)
This Grilled BBQ Chicken Salad with Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing is the best summer grill recipe for friends and family! This healthy meal is tasty, a little spicy and works great as a side dish or main dish. Add your favorite toppings like avocados, cheese, black beans, corn, egg, or tomatoes for the perfect touch! Don't have a grill? No problem you can make the chicken on the stove top as well! #salad #BBQ #chicken #recipe #food #healthy #under30minutemeal

Summer is nearly here and all I want to do is grill food and lounge in the sunshine. This Grilled BBQ Chicken Salad is everything yummy all in one bowl, AND pretty healthy too boot! Crisp romaine lettuce is paired with spicy BBQ chicken, and a load of toppings for a meal that even the biggest salad haters will love. Top it all off with Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing and you will be making this every chance you can get. This recipe works great as a main dish, side and for weekly meal preparation. I hope you and your friends and family love this tasty, and healthy recipe!

What Do I Need To Make BBQ Chicken Salad?

The kitchen tools you will need for this recipe are:

  • A grill or grill pan if using the stove top
  • A knife and cutting board
  • A large bowl for mixing the salad
  • Small bowls for serving
  • Utensils

The ingredients you will need for this salad recipe are: 

  • Chicken Breasts
  • BBQ Sauce
  • Sriracha
  • Homemade Buttermilk Ranch or Your Favorite Brand
  • Lettuce
  • Black Beans
  • Corn 
  • Avocado
  • Cheese

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How Do You Make A BBQ Chicken Salad?

Chicken Prep and Grilling

  1. Start by making the sauce for the chicken. Combine the BBQ sauce and sriracha in a small bowl and whisk to combine. 
  2. Sprinkle both sides of each chicken breast with salt and pepper, then coat with sauce mixture. 
  3. Place chicken on a warm grill and cook for 5-7 minutes, then flip and cook until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees. 
  4. Remove from grill and prepare salad toppers.

Salad Assembly

  1. Wash lettuce and pat dry with paper towels.
  2. Open canned beans and corn and rinse and strain. 
  3. Slice or dice avocado. 
  4. Slice or dice cooked chicken. 
  5. Combine everything into a bowl and toss to combine.
  6. Serve with Homemade Buttermilk Ranch, shredded cheese and any additional toppers.

Enjoy!

Note: I love making the chicken on our charcoal grill and highly recommend you go that route if you have one. If you don’t you can make it on your stove top (preferably with a grill pan).

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Common Questions

What are some other topping ideas?

Some additional topping ideas that go great with this salad are hard boiled eggs, tomatoes, cooked bacon, and croutons. Let me know your favorites down below!

I’m not a big salad fan, can I make this into a wrap?

Yes, you can! I get that eating a salad isn’t the most fun sometimes. Conveniently, this recipe also works great as a wrap or even tacos! First, prepare everything according to the recipe and add to a large burrito size wrap, roll it up and enjoy. Alternatively, plop onto some taco sized tortillas and enjoy with your favorite toppings. Also, if going the wrap or taco route you will not need as much romaine lettuce as the recipe calls for.

Can this recipe be made ahead of time?

Yes, you can make the entire recipe ahead of time and store it for meals throughout the week. Also, you can marinade the chicken all day or overnight in the fridge to develop even more flavor.

Can I freeze this recipe?

No, this recipe cannot be frozen. If someone knows how to freeze a salad let me know.

How should I store leftovers?

Leftovers should be stored in the fridge in a airtight container. Also, it is best to store the cooked chicken, lettuce and ranch dressing separately and combine when ready to serve.

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This Grilled BBQ Chicken Salad with Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing is the best summer grill recipe for friends and family! This healthy meal is tasty, a little spicy and works great as a side dish or main dish. Add your favorite toppings like avocados, cheese, black beans, corn, egg, or tomatoes for the perfect touch! Don't have a grill? No problem you can make the chicken on the stove top as well! #salad #BBQ #chicken #recipe #food #healthy #under30minutemeal
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BBQ Chicken Salad with Homemade Buttermilk Ranch

This BBQ Chicken Salad is the best healthy summer grill recipe for Sunday dinners or meal prep. Pair with Homemade Buttermilk Ranch for the perfect combo!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Main Course, Main Dish, Salad
Cuisine: American, BBQ, Grill
Keyword: BBQ Chicken Salad, Healthy BBQ Salad Recipe, Salad with Grilled Chicken
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories: 530kcal

Ingredients

  • 3 Chicken Breasts
  • 1 Cup BBQ Sauce Plus More for Topping
  • 2-3 Tbsp Sriracha
  • 12 Tbsp Homemade Buttermilk Ranch or your favorite store-bought ranch
  • 3 Avocados Sliced
  • 1 Cup Cooked Corn Canned, Fresh or Frozen
  • 1 Cup Cooked Black Beans Canned or Fresh
  • 1/2 Cup Cheddar Cheese Shredded
  • 12 Cups Chopped Romaine Lettuce or Artisan Mix
  • Salt To Taste
  • Pepper To Taste

Instructions

  • Combine BBQ Sauce and Sriracha in a small bowl and stir to combine. Add more of less depending on your spice preference. Sprinkle both sides of chicken breasts with salt and pepper then thoroughly coat all sides with BBQ sauce mixture. 
  • Heat grill or grill pan to medium-high heat and cook chicken breasts 5-7 minutes per side or until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees. While the chicken is cooking, prepare your toppings and wash your lettuce. 
  • Once chicken is cooked through remove from heat and slice into small pieces. Combine and toss lettuce, cooked chicken, black beans, corn, avocados, and cheese into a large bowl and divide to serve. Add additional BBQ sauce if desired and serve with Homemade Buttermilk Ranch. Enjoy!
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Notes

  • Additional Topping Ideas: diced tomatoes, hard boiled eggs, croutons, cooked bacon and diced red peppers. 
  • Leftover Storage: Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to 4 days in the fridge. It is best to store ingredients separate and combine when ready to eat. It is recommended to top with ranch right before serving.
  • Optional Marinade: Marinade chicken in sauce mixture for up to 24 hours to develop more flavor. 

Nutrition

Calories: 530kcal | Carbohydrates: 32.5g | Protein: 29.8g | Fat: 32.5g | Saturated Fat: 5.9g | Cholesterol: 69mg | Sodium: 452mg | Potassium: 1065mg | Fiber: 10.9g | Sugar: 7.1g | Vitamin A: 103% | Vitamin C: 18% | Calcium: 11% | Iron: 16%
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5 Comments

  • Reply
    Lauren Vavala | DeliciousLittleBites
    May 12, 2019 at 7:45 pm


    I’ve been on such a salad kick lately and am planning to eat this everyday for the next week for lunch – amazing recipe!

  • Reply
    Pam Greer
    May 12, 2019 at 6:39 pm


    This is our kind of salad! Bursting with flavor and I’ll be using that buttermilk ranch dressing on everything!

  • Reply
    Chris Collins
    May 12, 2019 at 6:26 pm


    Now THAT is my kinda salad! Literally drooling over here!

  • Reply
    Beth Pierce
    May 12, 2019 at 4:18 pm


    This made an excellent and satisfying lunch yesterday! Loved the ranch with the BBQ sauce; yum!

  • Reply
    Jacqueline Meldrum
    May 12, 2019 at 3:52 pm


    I am eating salads nearly every day right now and this one looks so colourful and appealing.

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