BBQ Chicken Ranch Salad

chicken ranch salad

Now that spring is on it’s way, I’ve got the cleaning and re-organizing bug. This week I’ve been deep cleaning my kitchen. I’m getting into every nook and cranny of the cabinets, polishing every bit of stainless in sight and scrubbing all the cabinets. Today, I also tackled my office and master bathroom. I went through all the drawers and cabinets, throwing away old things and sorting and organizing everything I wanted to keep.

I can’t wait until it gets a little warmer and I’m able to get some more plants for my yard. I would love to add some more color to my yards, and get some fresh vegetables for my garden too. My favorite part of gardening is growing things we can eat in the garden. It’s so rewarding. Thankfully my family just loves salads of all kinds. And when my garden is producing fresh produce, I can get creative and make some delicious and hearty salads that we all love.

chicken salad on cutting board

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  • Balsamic Vinaigrette: Made with rich balsamic vinegar and aromatic spices.
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salad with ranch dressing on white plate

My favorite salad for the past few years has been Chicken Bacon BBQ Ranch. It’s got all my favorite flavors rolled into one big bowl. It makes the perfect big hearty salad that will fill you up. I love this salad warm spring and summer nights. It’s so amazingly delicious and satisfying. I use Naturally Fresh’s Classic Lite Ranch Dressing for this recipe.

I make this recipe with those grilled and ready chicken strips, but you can use leftover rotisserie chicken and even leftover BBQ pork.

salad with ranch container in background

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Yield: serves 4

BBQ Chicken Ranch Salad Recipe

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  • 2 cups Grilled and Ready Chicken Strips
  • ½ cup BBQ Sauce
  • 2 (10 oz) containers Salad Greens
  • 1 cup Chopped cucumbers
  • ½ cup Carrot sticks
  • 1/4 cup Sliced onions
  • ½ cup Sliced bell peppers (red, green and yellow)
  • 1/3 cup cup fried onion salad toppers
  • ¼ cup Shredded cheddar cheese
  • ¼ cup Bacon
  • ½ cup Naturally Fresh’s Classic Ranch Dressing


Combine chicken with BBQ sauce in a small skillet over medium heat and heat through for about 3 - 5 minutes, or until heated through.

Place salad greens in plates and top with cucumbers, carrots, onions, bell peppers, fried onions, cheddar cheese and bacon. Add chicken and drizzle with Naturally Fresh’s® Classic Ranch Dressing. Serve and enjoy!

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  12 Responses to “BBQ Chicken Ranch Salad”

  1. Lauren Kelly Nutrition — March 17, 2016 @ 2:34 pm

    This looks fantastic! I need to try these Naturally Fresh dressings!

  2. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — March 17, 2016 @ 5:24 pm

    I’ve been organizing like crazy lately! I must have the same bug 🙂 Love this salad and the colors!

  3. Melissa R — March 17, 2016 @ 7:53 pm

    I’m a big fan of blue cheese dressing!

  4. This is tooootally my kind of salad! I think I could enjoy a big bowl of this everyday for lunch and not get tired of it for a very long time!

  5. Karyn @ Pint Sized Baker — March 18, 2016 @ 12:56 pm

    Yes, yes, and YES!! This salad looks so delicious! Loving the entire thing! The cleaning part… eh, not so much. It’s a chore I loathe, but like exercising, I feel so much better when I do it.

  6. Angie | Big Bear's Wife — March 18, 2016 @ 4:07 pm

    Ranch is one of my favorite dressings and I’m loving this salad! I’ve made one kind of like this before and it’s so good!

  7. Renee - Kudos Kitchen — March 18, 2016 @ 7:19 pm

    I’ve got the spring cleaning bug too, but I’ve yet to act upon it. Maybe next week. I sure do wish I had your salad for dinner tonight. I’m starving, and this looks like it would really hit the spot!

  8. Colleen (Souffle Bombay) — March 19, 2016 @ 9:31 am

    Love the salad! A new restaurant in my town (which I was at again yesterday) that is focused on local ingredients had a BBQ Chicken Salad on the menu and I’ve ordered it twice. Great flavor, now I have to make yours! The dressings sound fantastic!

  9. Nutmeg Nanny — March 21, 2016 @ 1:06 pm

    What an awesome looking salad! I’m a huge salad lover and sometimes plan them for dinner because it’s such a great way to pack in tons of veggies. Plus that dressing sounds totally fantastic!

  10. Oh, wow. What a gorgeous salad! I love all the flavors and textures you added to this!

  11. Sam — March 25, 2016 @ 10:43 am

    This salad looks like the perfect lunch meal at work 🙂 I must try this dressing!

  12. Hi,
    BBQ Chicken Ranch Salad is favorite food of my whole family. LOL

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