recipe: chicken BLT salad with homemade buttermilk dressing
stewart has been eating a grocery store version of this salad all summer and credits it with "helping him like big pieces of tomato" of which he was previously not a fan. i've never had the one from the grocery store, but the one we put together at home was definitely a home run. so much veg. so much protein. and the dressing (adapted from one from the homesick texan) is just killer. unfortunately for us in our impoverished time this salad definitely broke the bank (ie. hormone free chicken, locally smoked bacon, and just the existence of cheese). on a normal day it should feed four grown adults, but for us two adults who barely ate all day, we devoured it.
chicken BLT salad with homemade buttermilk dressing
In a large bowl combine:
3 grated carrots
2 cups of shredded red cabbage
2 tomatoes chopped in large chunks
1/2 field cucumber julienned
6 slices of bacon cooked and crumbled
2 cooked chicken breast (or equivalent) shredded (we grilled ours on our george foreman mini grill with juice of the other half of the lime used for the dressing)
top with generous handfuls of shredded aged chedder cheese and lots of buttermilk dressing.
Buttermilk Dressing (adapted from Homesick Texan)
Buttermilk dressing, extra spicy
1/4 cup of mayonnaise
1/2 cup of sour cream
1/2 cup of buttermilk
1/4 cup of chopped cilantro
freshly squeezed lime juice of 1/2 lime
2 cloves of garlic, grated
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp dried chili flakes
1/2 tsp mexican paprika
Mix all the ingredients together and let chill for an hour.
Makes 1 cup, keeps for a week in the refrigerator.