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BBQ Chicken Salad

BBQ Chicken Salad

Last weekend we had a dinner party at our house, but we didn’t do any of the cooking. Our good friend, Ben, came over with all of the ingredients and made an amazing BBQ Chicken Salad for us and a group of our friends. We were happy to share our kitchen, especially since we reaped the reward-a very tasty meal.

Ben is sharing his special BBQ Chicken Salad recipe today. Trust me, you will want to make this salad again and again. I am already craving it. Mixed greens are topped with bbq chicken, black beans, tomatoes, corn, and fried onions. Warm red potatoes with shallot parley butter are also served on the side. The salad is finished with avocado vinaigrette and blue cheese vinaigrette.

I loved everything about this salad, especially the homemade dressings. They are to die for. I had a salad without the chicken and it was plenty flavorful, so if you want a vegetarian version, go ahead and leave the chicken off. Everyone else loved the chicken though:)

If you think salads are boring, try Ben’s BBQ Chicken Salad. It will become one of your favorite meals.

BBQ Chicken Salad


For the Avocado Vinaigrette:

2/3 cup olive oil
1/3 cup rice vinegar
1 medium shallot, chopped
3 tablespoons peach jam
1 medium ripe avocado
Salt and pepper to taste

For the Blue Cheese Vinaigrette:

2/3 cup olive oil
1/3 cup rice vinegar
1 medium shallot, chopped
1-2 garlic cloves, dry pan roasted and chopped
2 tablespoons peach jam
1 cup sour cream
1 cup blue cheese or Gorgonzola
Salt and pepper to taste

For the potatoes:

2-3 pounds red potatoes, washed
1 stick butter
1 medium shallot, minced
1 small bunch parsley, finely chopped

For the chicken:

Chicken breasts
BBQ sauce-use your favorite brand

For the salad:

Mixed greens
Tomatoes, chopped
Black beans, rinsed and drained
French fried onions


1. To make the avocado vinaigrette-put all of the ingredients into a food processor or blender. Mix until smooth.

2. To make the blue cheese vinaigrette-put all of the ingredients into a food processor or blender. Mix until smooth. If the dressing is too thick, add a drizzle of extra olive oil and mix again.

3. To make the potatoes-boil a large pot of water and salt well. Boil potatoes until they are fork tender. Drain the water and return potatoes to the pot. Stir in butter, shallot, and parsley. Stir well. Set aside and keep warm until serving.

4. Grill the chicken and brush each piece liberally with bbq sauce. Cut into strips and set aside.

5. To plate the salads-place mixed greens on a plate. Lay the sliced chicken on top of the greens. Top with tomatoes, black beans, corn, and fried onions. Place a few warm potatoes on the side. Drizzle entire salad with avocado vinaigrette and blue cheese vinaigrette.

If you like this BBQ Chicken Salad, you might also like:

Honey Lime Grilled Chicken Salad from Evil Shenanigans
BBQ Chicken Chopped Salad from What’s Cookin, Chicago?
Grilled Chicken Salad with Red Pepper Sauce and Feta from We are Not Martha

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89 Responses to “BBQ Chicken Salad”

  1. Liz (Little Bitty Bakes) — February 25, 2011 @ 4:14 am

    I love main dish salads like these – perfect for summer!

  2. Jessica @ How Sweet — February 25, 2011 @ 4:34 am

    This is so pretty. Love BBQ chicken!

  3. Lisa (Dishes of Mrs. Fish) — February 25, 2011 @ 4:41 am

    This looks so fresh and delightful! A perfect dish for spring and summer! :)
    Or one in the winter to just wish that spring was here already!

  4. Jeanette — February 25, 2011 @ 5:55 am

    Love all the colors in this salad and the avocado vinaigrette sounds so interesting!

  5. Katrina — February 25, 2011 @ 6:03 am

    Amazing looking salad. What an awesome lunch/dinner idea!

  6. marla {family fresh cooking} — February 25, 2011 @ 6:53 am

    Love that there are two dressings in this salad! Ben sounds like a great friend to make this for you & Josh :)

  7. Lori @ RecipeGirl — February 25, 2011 @ 7:07 am

    One of my favorites!

  8. Amanda — February 25, 2011 @ 7:14 am

    What a beautiful salad!! I LOVE the addition of potatoes!

  9. Rosa — February 25, 2011 @ 7:20 am

    Terrific! That salad looks so appetiting and beautiful. Perfect for the season.



  10. brandi — February 25, 2011 @ 7:26 am

    I LOVE avocado based dressings! My husband would love this.

  11. Lauren from Lauren's Latest — February 25, 2011 @ 7:32 am

    How yummy! I would have never thought to put french fried onions on something like this, but it sounds so good! Looks like you got this at a restaurant! Great photos, Maria!

    • twopeas replied: — February 25th, 2011 @ 9:05 am

      They add a nice little crunch!

  12. Erica — February 25, 2011 @ 7:42 am

    Wow- that looks restaurant quality! And how fun that their are potatoes included. Delicious!

  13. Tracey — February 25, 2011 @ 7:54 am

    I love hearty salads and this one definitely looks like it would fit the bill. The colors are gorgeous!

  14. Parsley Sage — February 25, 2011 @ 8:04 am

    I’m not a friend of salad myself but if I met more salads like this they might become very good friends. Looks delish!

    By the way, I tried that stuffed pepper recipe on Wednesday night and it was amazing! Thanks again for sharing :)

    • twopeas replied: — February 25th, 2011 @ 9:04 am

      Glad you liked the stuffed peppers!

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  16. Kelly @ Evil Shenanigans — February 25, 2011 @ 8:21 am

    That looks like a refreshing salad, and a great way to use BBQ chicken! Yum!

  17. Justeen @ Blissful Baking — February 25, 2011 @ 8:35 am

    The avocado vinaigrette sounds amazing!!

    • twopeas replied: — February 25th, 2011 @ 9:04 am

      It is amazing. I could drink it:)

  18. Annalise — February 25, 2011 @ 8:45 am

    Maria, I’m going to admit that I normally skim over most of your non-baking posts. But this salad! This salad could not be ignored. It looks amazing! And it just screams summertime to me. I’ll be making this for sure, and probably grilling the barbecue chicken. Thanks so much to you and Ben for sharing!

  19. EatLiveRun — February 25, 2011 @ 8:48 am

    that looks delicious! I may just have found my dinner for tonight! :)

  20. megan @ whatmegansmaking — February 25, 2011 @ 9:16 am

    The dressing looks absolutely perfect! I love bbq chicken :)

  21. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — February 25, 2011 @ 9:27 am

    I can’t wait for warmer weather so I can get to grilling. This salad looks out of this world! Thanks for sharing!

  22. Lora @cakeduchess — February 25, 2011 @ 9:40 am

    Hi Maria-The avocado vinaigrette sounds amazing! Love the chicken and potatoes in this incredible salad. :)

  23. Stephanie @ Living and Loving — February 25, 2011 @ 10:50 am

    This looks so good!!! I am going to have to try this one, I love BBQ chicken!!

  24. Sara — February 25, 2011 @ 11:03 am

    Yum! I love BBQ Chicken Salad. I like that you added potatoes.

  25. Deliciously Organic — February 25, 2011 @ 11:10 am

    Wow, this is my kind of salad. So colorful and gorgeous!

  26. Kristen — February 25, 2011 @ 11:43 am

    What a unique salad! Totally bookmarking to try soon. Gotta love friends who bring food!

  27. Pam — February 25, 2011 @ 11:56 am

    Love, love, love this salad! Both of the vinaigrettes sound AWESOME too. I wish Ben would come cook at my house :).

  28. Shaina — February 25, 2011 @ 12:35 pm

    You had me at Avocado Vinaigrette.

  29. This looks delicious, Ben and Maria! Combining my favorite way to cook chicken and a scrumptious bunch of salad ingredients, this would be perfect for lunch or dinner! Thanks for sharing.

  30. Sharlene — February 25, 2011 @ 12:46 pm

    Oh I can’t wait for the cold weather to be over so I can eat salads like this all day every day!

  31. DandyDishes — February 25, 2011 @ 12:54 pm

    I cannot wait to try the avocado vinegrette, it sounds amazing!

  32. Lisa {With Style and Grace} — February 25, 2011 @ 1:27 pm

    Mmmm… I want this right now, looks incredible!!

  33. susan — February 25, 2011 @ 1:30 pm

    i love the Avocado Vinaigrette: option! cannot wait for the sun to come out so I can make this for friends!

  34. Michelle @ Brown Eyed Baker — February 25, 2011 @ 2:13 pm

    What a great salad! I love different twists!

  35. Joanne — February 25, 2011 @ 6:03 pm

    I’ve been really trying to eat more salads lately and when they look as good as this, it won’t be hard! Thanks to your friend, Ben!

  36. Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather — February 25, 2011 @ 6:16 pm

    This salad looks gorgeous! How sweet of your friend to make dinner, that’s always a plus! The 2 dressings sound amazing. Double the goodness :)

  37. Dionne @ Try Anything Once — February 25, 2011 @ 11:23 pm

    I go crazy for salads that are totally loaded with goodies, just like yours! A good hefty salad makes me SO happy! Your avocado vinaigrette sounds like the perfect topping for this salad. The chicken, potatoes, the veggies…that’s totally a meal. Nicely done!

  38. pigpigscorner — February 26, 2011 @ 7:54 am

    wow, I’ve never seen such mouth-watering looking salad before!

  39. Georgia Pellegrini — February 26, 2011 @ 3:56 pm

    salad greens and delicious bbq chicken are a fantastic mix

  40. grace — February 27, 2011 @ 4:34 am

    chili’s has an amazing bbq chicken salad, and this reminds me of that in all the right ways. nice work!

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