Say hello to the most delicious BBQ Chicken Salad. This salad is crunchy, tangy, and everything in between. BBQ chicken salad makes a great weeknight dinner or a great meal prep lunch for the week!
Looking for more healthy salad recipes? Check out this Buffalo Chicken Mason Jar Salad or this Simple Asian Salad!
Make Life Easier
Life is all about balance. Do you feel me? Everything is moving a thousand miles an hour. Sometimes you have your schedule AND your family’s whole schedule to manage and things can get crazy.
One thing you can’t escape no matter how busy you are is food. Whether you eat to live or live to eat you need sustenance. I live to eat, but don’t always have time to make my favorite elaborate meals. What’s a girl to do?
I have learned to whip up meals with what we have in the fridge in a short amount of time as well as prep meals for the week that are easy AND flavorful (you can have both).
This BBQ Chicken Salad is one of those meals that taste great and can be made in so fast! We use our BBQ Chicken Recipe to create the most delicious summer salad!
How to Assemble a BBQ Chicken Salad
This bbq chicken salad is made up of all of your favorite things at a bbq, but all chopped up and tossed in a bowl!
- BBQ Chicken (check out our BBQ chicken recipe here)
- Grilled Corn
- Crunchy Lettuce
- Ranch Dressing
- All the Summer Veggies
The key to making the perfect bbq chicken salad is to not overthink! We used all of our favorite vegetables in this salad. We love adding different textures to all of our salads because…balance!
Using radishes for crunch and flavor seemed right and you can’t beat grilled corn straight off the cob. However, if you don’t like the peppery flavor of radishes or don’t have corn on hand, use your favorite vegetables instead!
Step One: Are you using leftover bbq chicken or are you making this bbq chicken salad with new chicken that you just purchased? This recipe is easy to adapt with any bbq leftovers, so you do you.
Fire up that grill and grill the chicken first. Take your freshly grilled chicken or your leftover bbq chicken and cut it into 1-inch cubes. Everyone has their sauciness preference, so add extra bbq chicken if that’s your thing!
Step Two: What type of greens get you excited? We used romaine hearts in this recipe because romaine is light and crunchy. It doesn’t wilt when you load it up with all of the other salad fixings! Feel free to use your favorite greens in place of the romaine, too.
Place greens in the bottom of a bowl or in a meal prep container. This recipe serves four, so distribute greens evenly into four separate containers!
After you’ve distributed the greens, evenly distribute the chicken and the rest of the vegetables evenly into four containers!
Step Three: Finally, dressing. There are so many different options when it comes to dressing. We used are healthy homemade ranch dressing, because it compliments the homemade bbq sauce we use on the chicken!
If you are looking for different salad dressing options, check out some of our favorites below!
- Ranch Dressing
- Avocado Salad Dressing
- Green Goddess Dressing
- Balsamic Vinegarette
- Blue Cheese Dressing
If you are going to serve the bbq chicken salad immediately add one tablespoon of dressing to each bowl.
If you are meal prepping the bbq chicken salad for the week, wait to add the salad dressing until right before eating. You don’t want to end up with mushy veggies!
Healthy Chicken Salad Recipes
BBQ Chicken Salad
- 1.5 lbs. BBQ chicken cubed (check out our BBQ Chicken recipe here)
- 9 oz. romaine lettuce
- 1 cup matchstick carrots
- 1 large red pepper chopped
- 1 medium apple chopped
- 1 cup chopped radishes (3 large radishes)
- 1 cup sweet corn
- 1/4 cup dressing
- Evenly distribute ingredients into four bowls or meal prep containers.
- Drizzle with dressing immediately before serving and enjoy!
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I always make mistake to assemble chicken in BBQ but after reading this i know that where I was mistaking.
Thanks for sharing this information with us
Huge serving and so healthy! I actually used BBQ sauce as the dressing to save a step!
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I’m all about cold food!!! Especially leftovers and especially chicken on salad!!! NOM NOM!!!!!! And I LOVE any salad with poppyseed dressing!
I remember seeing this pic on Insta yesterday! Drool! It’s unreal the things you can create with leftovers! haha heating your day old coffee on the stove…kinda gross Lee 😉 Go get some coffee at Spyhouse or Starbucks girl ;P
HAHA. That would require me to leave my house 😀 And I’m a lazy bum.
Such a twat, I started this movement before you were born. But yes….it needs to be a phenomenon like how coconut oil took over the world but we have more style. And no paleo hacks.
You need to eat leftover stirfries cold, pasta cold, curries cold…you get the message. Yes, we have curry in Australia. Tomorrow we may get the internet!
How old are you? I feel like I was born before you were born. 4/17/1990. BEAT THAT!
When I bought my house a whole year ago it didn’t come with a microwave and I still haven’t gone around to buying one. It just doesn’t have a place in the kitchen and ya know what? I don’t miss it! I have a toaster oven and use that or the stove to reheat food. I usually bring leftovers to work and microwave there. It’s so weird the things we think we need.
See that is legit! I don’t have a toaster oven, what do you use that thing for? Fish sticks. Haha jkjk. But we had one growing up and that’s what I remember cooking in it.
Hahaha! No, I don’t eat fish sticks! I use it for roasting veggies, baking small things, and reheating food. And the best part is it doesn’t heat up my house, which is essential in the AZ summertime!
Six months ago I unplugged my microwave and put it down in the cupboard. Haven’t taken it out since! I thought it would be best for me if my food wasn’t heated by that means. If you have an electric kettle it makes tea/instant oatmeal so much easier. Everything else I just reheat on the stove when needed.
The salad looks delicious!!
I NEED an electric kettle ASAP. I have actually been looking for one because I drink so much hot tea (I blame Minnesota). Where did you get yours from?
I just got the cutest kettle from Target!!! I drink hot lemon water every morning because of this thing!!! It’s great!! Plus it’s ceramic rather than plastic.
Here she is 🙂
Doode that is adorable. NEED. I should start drinking more hot lemon water. I got on a kick a few months back, but coffee just consumes me in the AM.
Mine just came with the apartment I’m at here in Korea. And at my last house in Wisconsin, a roommate had one, so I’m not sure what to recommend. I’m sure any brand will be great – boiling water in less than a minute is so handy!
Where in Wisco are you from?!?!
Madison! I’ll be back there later this fall.
I haven’t had a microwave for nearly six years. The only thing I would like to have a microwave for is to heat up casseroles or lasagnas. Heating those up on the stovetop or in a toaster oven just doesn’t quite cut the mustard.
That salad looks delicious!
OMG THAT’S INSANE! And I kinda love it.
One time we thought our good microwave broke and we ended up throwing it out and buying a new cheaper one. Well We found out a few days later that the old microwave wasn’t working because the fuse had blown! It was perfectly fine! I was so upset….
(And cold leftovers are the best!)
LOLOLOLOL. That is totally something I would do. Simple fix. Simple fix.
I never heat up my meats! It’s so much easier to throw some cold chicken or fish on a salad and enjoy it all fresh + chilly!
Great minds think alike 😀 Plus, usually by the time I’m making lunch or dinner…I’m hangry. So the faster I eat the better 😀