Bringing you all the spring vibes with this BBQ Chicken Cobb Salad with Avocado Ranch. Sweet and spicy BBQ chicken tossed with sweet corn, tomatoes, crispy bacon, and fresh spring greens. The avocado ranch is quite possibly one of my favorite dressings ever. It’s not only great atop this salad, but also doubles as a yummy dip for chips and crackers. This salad is a big and beautiful spring and summer salad that is loved by all…picky eaters included!
And just like that, we experienced one day of warm sunshine and I’m ready for big salads full of color. Of course, snow is in the forecast Thursday night through Saturday. But I’m going to look past that, and be excited for the warmer days ahead. Plus, I just really, really wanted to share this salad with you all. It’s another recipe from the Half Baked Harvest Cookbook, and it’s without a doubt my favorite salad in the entire book. Which is saying something, as there are a good amount of salads.
I remember the day I photographed this recipe for the book. It was a cold December day and this was the very first recipe I shot for the book. I remember being SO nervous to begin shooting the cookbook recipes. I put a lot of pressure on myself to create photos that looked incredible, so getting started was a daunting task. With this being my very first cookbook, everything about the process was a little scary. But the photos where the scariest of all. And quite possibly the hardest part to completing the book. I know it may shock some of you, but I still struggle with photos! I always want to be creating something new and beautiful.
Anyway, when I finally turned everything into my editor, it was a mix of emotions. Obviously I was so excited, but also SO SCARED. Would you guys like the book? Were the photos even any good? Would the recipes work? Would anyone buy it? So many thoughts ran through my head. Looking back now, I feel so happy, grateful and thankful. But it all started with this Cobb Salad, and when I finished shooting it, I was so excited. Loved the recipe, loved the photo, and I was off to a good start!
Spring is finally here, with summer soon to follow…the perfect time to finally share this recipe. Meaning, this recipe needed to also live on HBH, since it’s the one I make most often for family gatherings.
The first step is to cook up some BBQ chicken. You can use your favorite homemade sauce or store-bought, but use something with a sweetness and a good amount of spice. You guys know I love sweet and spicy.
While the chicken is cooking, mix up the salad. I like to use a mix of fresh and frozen corn, cherry tomatoes, crispy bacon, eggs, and romaine lettuce.
Ok, on to the avocado ranch. This is SO GOOD. It’s extra creamy, herby, and uses zero weird ingredients. As someone who has always loved ranch, I can honestly say this is better than anything from the bottle. It’s also super similar to my tahini ranch if you’d rather use that. Both are great!
Put everything together and you have a salad that’s a good mix of bright fresh flavors. It’s kind of summery, yes, but I know some of you guys are experiencing some very warm temps down south. And for those of us still in the cold, this salad gets us that much more excited for the warmer days ahead!
I hope you guys really enjoy this salad! OH! And here’s the video for this salad too! enjoy! Enjoy!
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BBQ Chicken Cobb Salad with Avocado Ranch
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- 1 1/2 pounds boneless chicken breasts or tenders
- 1/3 cup barbecue sauce, store-bought or homemade
- 2 cups fresh grilled or frozen thawed corn
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
- 1 dash Chili powder
- Kosher salt and black pepper
- 2 or 3 heads romaine lettuce, shredded
- 1 cup black beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
- 2 ripe avocados, sliced
- 4 bacon slices, cooked and chopped
- 3 or 4 hard-boiled eggs sliced (optional)
- 1. Heat a grill, grill pan, or skillet over medium-high heat.
2. In a medium bowl, toss the chicken with the barbecue sauce to coat. Grill for about 5 minutes per side, until lightly charred and cooked through. 3. In a medium bowl, stir together the corn kernels, olive oil, cilantro, and a dash of chili powder. Season with salt and pepper.4. In a large bowl, toss together the lettuce, black beans, and tomatoes. Top with the corn mixture, sliced avocado, and bacon. Finish the salad with the chicken, a drizzle of the avocado ranch (recipe below), and hard-boiled eggs, if desired. Serve with the remaining ranch alongside.
- 1. In a high-speed blender or food processor, combine the buttermilk, avocado, cilantro, chives, and lime juice and puree until smooth. Taste and season with salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use. (The avocado ranch can be made up to 1 day in advance.)
Reprinted from the Half Baked Harvest Cookbook Recipes from My Barn in the Mountains.