Monday, September 22, 2008

Fiesta Grilled Chicken Salad

This picture doesn't do this salad justice. You can't see all the delicious layers of goodness! Our family loves this salad and we make it often for family gatherings because it's quick and easy as well as very tasty.  And hey, it's salad!!

lettuce (romaine or leaf lettuce is good), shredded
1-2 cans black beans, heated
Cilantro-Lime Rice
*Grilled chicken, cut into strips
Monterrey jack cheese
pico de gallo (or plain chopped tomatoes)
**Salsa-Ranch dressing
guacamole (optional)

On a large dinner plate, lay down a bed of lettuce. Next place the rice, beans and grilled chicken strips, then the pico de gallo and cheese. Top with the salsa-ranch dressing and guacamole, if desired.

*Grilled Chicken
You can really marinate your chicken in whatever you want, but I love the chipotle seasoning packet from McCormick. I just throw the chicken in a gallon ziploc bag with the seasoning, some olive oil and red or white wine vinegar, mix it around and let it sit for a while. Grill it, then let it rest about 5 minutes before cutting into strips.

**Salsa Ranch dressing
Use your favorite ranch dressing and either fresh or bottled salsa. First pour as much ranch as you want into a food processor or blender. Gradually add the salsa in, blending as you go. Add as much or little to your own taste. (This may also be done in a bowl if you have a hand-held processor.)

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