It is still salad weather. We eat at least one big salad per week as our main meal during this time of year too. There are so many great salads and so little time to enjoy them. We do the best that we can though.
When I made my Alabama white BBQ sauce, Alabama Styled White BBQ Chicken I had some left over, so I turned it into a dressing and made a big delicious salad that would highlight this dressing/sauce perfectly. Make it nice and peppery to rally make all the flavors come to life.
This salad was loaded with all kinds of fresh, tasty goodness and it was just perfect for a hot summer’s eve. I loaded it up with apples, chicken and bacon. Everything is better with bacon, right? This salad was no exception either. Served with some chilled chardonnay and some warmed ciabiatta bread, it made for a perfect summer meal.
Chicken, Apple and Bacon Salad
1 cup mayonnaise
1 TBSP garlic
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1 shallot, minced fine
1 TBSP black or mixed peppercorns, crushed
Mix everything together well and chill until ready to use.
Mixed salad greens or Romain lettuce
1/4 red onion, sliced very thin
1 apple, chopped
4-6 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled
2 cooked chicken breasts, sliced
3 oz provolone cheese or cheese of your choice, sliced
1 avocado, sliced
Layer the salad starting with the lettuce, then adding the apples and onions and cheese (if using). For Larry’s salad he got both provolone and feta cheese, since I had just a little Feta that needed to be used as well. Mine, of course, had NO cheese at all. You can also use dried cranberries too if you like, I didn’t think of that at the time, but it would really make the salad pop. I love dried cranberries too. I wish I had though of it earlier. Next time.
Add the chicken, then top with avocado slices, if using. Add your dressing and then top with the bacon crumbles. Don’t be shy when it comes to adding the bacon. YUMMY!
This is a simple salad that is simply delicious. It was a explosion of different tastes and textures that just worked perfectly. I guarantee, you’re going to love thissuper summer salad.
Stay cool, stay safe and stay well Everyone. ‘Til next time.