Jan. 10, 2021

BBQ Chicken Salad with Cosmic Crisp Apples

Yield: Serves 4-6

Skill level: Easy

This flavor-packed salad combines sweet and tangy Cosmic Crisp apples with tender grilled chicken, smoky bacon, crunchy greens, aged cheddar, and is topped with a creamy BBQ dressing. Customize your dressing by trying different barbeque sauces for new flavor profiles. Make up a big bowl for dinner or your next get-together or enjoy a single serving for a healthy lunch!



  • 7 ounce bag of romaine or butter lettuce
  • 2 cups cold grilled chicken, cubed
  • 1 large Cosmic Crisp apple, cored and thinly sliced
  • ½ cup cooked thick cut bacon, crumbled
  • ½ cup aged white cheddar, cut into ¼-inch cubes
  • ½ cup candied pecans or walnuts, chopped
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced

Creamy BBQ Dressing (makes 1 cup)

  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • ¼ cup BBQ sauce, plus more to taste
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1-2 teaspoons dry ranch dressing seasoning (optional)
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste


Whisk all of dressing ingredients together in a medium mixing bowl until smooth. Add more BBQ sauce, if desired.

Season well with salt and black pepper, to taste. Transfer to an airtight jar or bottle. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Place all salad ingredient into a large salad bowl.

Drizzle with dressing and toss.

Divide between individual plates. Serve with extra dressing on the side, if desired.

Description: Creamy and tangy, this dressing is the perfect addition to a BBQ Chicken Salad or used as a dip. For a BBQ Ranch flavor, add a few teaspoons from a dry ranch seasoning packet. Use your favorite BBQ sauce, or switch things up and try different varieties to create a unique flavor profile.

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