BBQ Chicken Salad with Creamy BBQ Dressing

BBQ Chicken SaladI love BBQ chicken salads in the summertime. What could possibly be better? The dressing for this recipe comes from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe (one of my favorite foodie bloggers). I used this dressing on my usual BBQ chicken salad and it was out of this world good! Typically I just combine ranch dressing with BBQ sauce but this dressing was way better! I had my niece over for dinner that night and she said that it was the best homemade salad she has ever had. If you want to make a lighter dressing for this salad, use our Cilantro Verde Dressing.

BBQ Chicken Salad with Creamy BBQ Dressing

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  • 3-4 chicken breasts
  • 1 1/2 c. BBQ sauce, divided
  • 3 hearts of romaine, chopped
  • 1 c. frozen corn, thawed
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 5-6 green onions, chopped
  • 1 c. shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1-2 c. tortilla chips, crunched up into pieces
  • Creamy BBQ Dressing:
  • 1 c. mayonnaise
  • 1/3 c. milk
  • 1/3 c. buttermilk
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. lime juice
  • 1 tsp. white vinegar
  • 1 tsp. granulated sugar
  • 1 garlic clove, finely minced
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup BBQ sauce


  • In a plastic bag, combine chicken and 1 c. BBQ sauce. Seal tightly and refrigerate for at least an hour. Remove chicken from bag, discard marinade, and grill chicken on BBQ grill until cooked through. Use remaining BBQ sauce to slather over chicken while grilling. Remove from heat cut chicken into slices of cubes. Set aside.
  • In a large serving bowl, toss romaine with corn, black beans, and green onions. Top with shredded cheese and tortilla chips. Serve with Creamy BBQ Dressing (See below).
  • For the dressing, combine all the ingredients together and whisk vigorously to combine. You could also run this through a blender to make it even more smooth. Refrigerate until ready to serve.


  1. Mel says:

    Your picture is gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! So glad you loved the salad and dressing…

    • Erica says:

      @Mel– Thanks for the awesome dressing recipe! I can’t get enough of your food blog. I am definitely one of your stalkers 🙂

  2. tasneem says:

    your recipe is too good i also love 2 cooking…………………..

  3. leslie says:

    I made this for dinner on Saturday . . . we loved it!

  4. Jessica says:

    Made this for dinner tonight and loved it! A new recipe to add to our dinner rotation. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Johanna says:

    How long does this dressing stay good in the fridge?

    • Emily says:

      I would go by the date of the buttermilk in the dressing.

  6. Loie says:

    I made this for dinner tonight! Love the dressing, but I think I will back off the cilantro next time. Maybe just one T. But so yummy!


  7. Josie says:

    Tried this salad tonight, best summer salad I have ever had…….!!

  8. Carrie says:

    What store bought salad dressing would you pair with this BBQ salad?

    • Erica says:

      Hmmmmmmmm that is a good question because the dressing for this is soooooo good, no store-bought would do it justice. I know Litehouse has some good dressings ( I think they have a chipotle one that is ok ) maybe try one of those if you must go for store-bought?

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