My FAVORITE salad ever!


BBQ chicken salad

I’m sure many of you have tried a BBQ chicken salad at some point…but I have to say this is one of my favorite salads ever!! It’s definitely a close tie with Costa Vida’s sweet pork salad.

BBQ chicken salad


  • 3 chicken breasts
  • 1/2 bottle bbq sauce
  • lettuce
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 can corn
  • tomatoes
  • onion
  • cilantro
  • tortilla strips
  • ranch packet
  • 1 tomatillo
  • 1-2 limes
  • Salad or spinach


1. Put 3 chicken breast in crock pot with 1/4 in water. I pour about a 1/2 a bottle of bbq sauce over it. If I have onions I will put a few slices on top to give it a little more flavor. After it has cooked about 4 hours on high, I take the chicken out and shred it.

2. Then grab a can of corn and black beans and begin to warm in a small bowl. I put a spoonful of salsa over my beans and just salt on the corn.


3. Next comes the pico (I left out the jalapenos). Dice the tomatatoes, onion, cilantro and combine in a small bowl. Add some fresh lime juice and salt and pepper to taste.

4. For my dressing I either use a ranch packet or use the pre-made ranch I add in about 1/2 cup cilantro, 1-2 tomatillos and 1/2 lime juiced. If you like spicy you can add in a jalapeno.

4. Then layer it all up and drizzle with dressing.

Mmmm I think this needs to be on the menu this week!
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Jamielyn Nye

Creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her three little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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  1. Allison Shops posted on February 21, 2010 at 9:34 pm (#

    Hope you had a wonderful birthday! The salad looks yummy. I also hope you'll find time to drop by AtticMag to tour my home.

  2. Emily {Frilly Details} posted on February 21, 2010 at 9:54 pm (#

    That looks very tasty!! Thanks for sharing :)

  3. mary'smom posted on February 21, 2010 at 10:40 pm (#

    Sounds delicious! I need to try it!

  4. The Rohners posted on February 22, 2010 at 10:19 am (#

    yummm I'm going to have to try this one out

  5. Kaysi posted on February 22, 2010 at 12:28 pm (#

    That looks so yummy!

  6. Rachel posted on February 22, 2010 at 4:43 pm (#

    That looks yummy, I think I might have to try this one for dinner… ;) Thanks for sharing!

  7. Kim posted on February 22, 2010 at 7:48 pm (#

    I've never used crockpot meat for a salad. This is a good idea, especially for warm weather.

  8. Heidi posted on February 22, 2010 at 7:48 pm (#

    This looks so refreshing and easy! I'm always looking for new salad ideas.

  9. Sumo posted on February 27, 2010 at 9:56 am (#

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  10. Tiff @ Making The World Cuter posted on February 28, 2010 at 9:58 pm (#

    I for sure could finish this up! So yum!

  11. Holly posted on March 13, 2010 at 10:31 pm (#

    Salad looks yummy…We eat salad at least once a day…hubby would love this one. I apparently cannot leave you r blog…so I will follow you!

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  12. Emily {Frilly Details} posted on May 3, 2010 at 2:03 pm (#

    Guess what I'm making for dinner?! This!!! The chicken is in the crockpot right now. Can't wait to eat! :)

  13. Erin posted on April 16, 2012 at 3:57 pm (#

    This looks amazing and I love that you can load up on the proteins to turn this into a full meal. Too often I eat a salad and am hungry a couple of hours later. I hope you don’t mind that I spotlighted your recipe (linkback and full credit to the source of course!) in my list of best summer recipes.

    The Best Summer Salads

  14. Cheryl posted on April 17, 2012 at 11:57 pm (#

    This salad looks so good! It would be great with the pepita dressing from El Torito!