2.02.2014

Chicken BLT Chopped Salad with Fresh Lemon Garlic Dressing and This Week's Eats

I put our standby chopped salad onto the menu quite often, but with no real recipe - just a list of ingredients.  Last week I shook things up and made a new dressing by combining the elements of several that I love.  It turned out awesome and I figured it was time that our chopped salad got an official recipe on the blog.

Chicken BLT Chopped Salad with Fresh Lemon Garlic Dressing

Ingredients
for the salad:


  • two heads of romaine lettuce
  • 4-5 slices of bacon cooked and crumbled (cook in the microwave for about 6 minutes between paper towels - quick and easy to clean up)
  • 1 cup cooked diced chicken (preferably on the grill with olive oil, Kosher salt and lots of cracked pepper)
  • 1/2 cup sliced cherry tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 1 small avocado diced
  • blue cheese (totally optional, I know blue cheese can be polarizing - I didn't even include it in the picture.  Feta would be good, too.)
for the dressing:



  • juice of one lemon (about 1/4 cup)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 small clove of garlic pressed or minced fine
  • 1 heaping teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • good pinch of Kosher salt (more to taste)
  • fresh cracked pepper to taste
Rinse and chop the romaine and toss with the remaining salad ingredients.  Whisk dressing ingredients together until they emulsify.  




Pour about half to 3/4 of the dressing over the salad, toss and taste to see if you need more.  For me, the amount in this recipe can be a little more than needed, so I save some of it for a lunch salad the next day.

This week:
Last week's Chicken Parmesan Meatballs were really good.  I think I'd just use a can of crushed tomatoes for the sauce next time, as the blended whole tomatoes seemed a bit watery/lacking in a bit of flavor.  And the Crock Pot Chicken Mole from the week prior was really easy and really tasty if you're a fan of mole.  

As always, I'm linking up with Org Junkie, Mommy Run Fast and Jill Conyers - be sure to check out all the great weekly menus!

6 comments:

  1. Yum! Your recipe and menu almost make me want to eat meat :)

    Thanks for linking up!

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  2. Wow, your salad looks so delicious!! I need to try your dressing, too. Thanks for sharing!

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  3. You had me with this picture! It looks seriously yummy!

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  4. I'm thinking the snow will impede my dinner out plans tomorrow night, so we'll probably stay in and make this salad. Yum!

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  5. Yum, what an awesome week of food! I wish I could cook something great every day of the week!

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  6. jennypyle@charter.netFebruary 26, 2014 at 5:22 PM

    Hi there!
    Thanks for the slow cooker cream cheese chicken chili recipe suggestion!
    Didn't think my boys would go for it on Taco Tuesday...but it was well received!
    I used Trader Joe's roasted corn, spicy ranch dressing pkg., 3 chicken breast halves, and 4 oz of cream cheese. Boys topped with chili-cheese Fritos and pickled jalapeƱos.
    Thanks again!

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