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Ranch Chicken Chopped Salad

Ranch Chicken Chopped Salad - Grilled chicken, fresh veggies, tortilla strips and cheese - plus a delicious Ranch Dressing!

This Ranch Chicken Chopped Salad recipe is being shared as part a sponsored post on behalf of Marzetti. The opinions and text are 100% mine.

On any given day, I have found that if I eat a salad – either for lunch or dinner – I feel great! No mid-afternoon energy slump…and no rummaging through the kitchen cabinets after dinner for ‘something else’ to munch on.  There’s nothing like a delicious, satisfying salad to keep me on track for the day.

Ranch Chicken Chopped Salad - Grilled chicken, fresh veggies, tortilla strips and cheese - plus a delicious Ranch Dressing!

So my husband Jack and I will often turn our salads into a meal – and this Ranch Chicken Chopped Salad is a very delicious meal that the entire family will love!

Ranch Chicken Chopped Salad - A Family Feast

We started our Ranch Chicken Chopped Salad with lots of crisp, fresh produce – lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion, celery, radish, carrots, and bell pepper.  Next, we dressed the salad with Marzetti® Simply Dressed® Ranch Salad Dressing.

Ranch Chicken Chopped Salad - A Family Feast

Marzetti® Simply Dressed® Ranch Salad Dressing is made with just a few simple ingredients, and no preservatives or artificial flavors – so it really enhances the fresh, natural goodness of any salad!

Ranch Chicken Chopped Salad - Grilled chicken, fresh veggies, tortilla strips and cheese - plus a delicious Ranch Dressing!

To finish up our Ranch Chicken Chopped Salad, we layered on some grilled chicken, pickled jalapeno slices, black beans, shredded cheddar cheese, tortilla strips, bacon and grilled fresh corn. Then, another drizzle of the  Marzetti® Simply Dressed® Ranch Salad Dressing on top completed this delicious salad!

Ranch Chicken Chopped Salad - A Family Feast

You can find all of the Marzetti® Simply Dressed® Salad Dressings in the refrigerated produce section of your local supermarket right next to Marzetti’s other classic dressings.  Marzetti® Simply Dressed® dressings comes in 25 delicious flavors including Ranch, Balsamic, Caesar, Blue Cheese are more!

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To enter, leave a comment below along with your email address by June 15, 2016 and tell me, “Which Marzetti® Simply Dressed® Salad Dressing would you like to try first?

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Ranch Chicken Chopped Salad
 
Serves: 8-10 servings
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Ingredients
Marinade for chicken
  • 1½ pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 12-ounce jar Marzetti® Simply Dressed® Ranch Salad Dressing
  • Zest from one lime
  • Juice from one lime (2 tablespoons)
  • ¼ cup cilantro, minced
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
Salad
  • Two fresh ears of corn, husked
  • 4 slices hickory smoked bacon
  • 2 6-inch corn tortillas, cut into quarter inch strips
  • 1 head romaine, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 head red leaf lettuce, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 10 ounces cherry or grape tomatoes, cut in half
  • 3 baby cucumbers quartered and cut up (about one cup)
  • ¼ cup red onion, small dice
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 3 ounces fresh radish, sliced thin
  • 3 small carrots peeled and cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 large red bell pepper cut into small pieces
  • 1 large orange bell pepper cut into small pieces
  • ¼ cup pickled jalapeno slices
  • 1 cup drained and rinsed canned black beans
  • 4 ounces orange cheddar cheese shredded
  • 12 ounce bottle Marzetti® Simply Dressed® Ranch Salad Dressing
Instructions
  1. The day before, butterfly chicken breasts so that they are mostly the same thickness and place into a gallon zip lock bag. Mix the marinade ingredients and place into a ziplock bag with the chicken and refrigerate overnight or for at least six hours.
  2. When ready to grill, wipe away most of the marinade and discard. Set chicken aside to grill after the corn.
  3. Heat a ribbed grill pan over medium to medium high heat and spray with pan spray. Place both ears of corn onto the heated pan and grill just long enough to add char marks. Remove and cut corn from cob then set aside.
  4. Spray the pan again, reduce to medium heat and add chicken, cooking for four to five minutes per side or until cooked through. Remove from the pan to a cutting board and cool to room temperature. Once cool, cut into strips and set aside.
  5. While chicken is grilling, cook bacon in a sauté pan or griddle until crispy. Remove to paper towels then cut into bite sized pieces and set aside.
  6. Leave bacon fat in pan and leave heat on. Place corn tortilla strips into hot grease and toss with tongs, cooking until crispy, about two minutes. Remove to paper towels to drain. Set aside.
  7. To assemble, either layer all ingredients into a bowl or platter and serve dressing on the side, or combine everything into a large bowl and toss with dressing.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Marzetti. The opinions and text are all mine.

Ranch Chicken Chopped Salad - A Family Feast

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  1. Looks good! I would like to try the dressing in Ranch!

  2. Looks absolutely delicious! I really love salad and could eat it every day. I’d like to try the Marzetti® Simply Dressed® Salad Dressing in Ranch really soon on my salad!

  3. Brenda Biggs :

    I would like to try the Ranch with the Ranch-Chicken-Chopped-Salad recipe.

  4. This Ranch looks wonderful. I didn’t realize these dressing didn’t have all the additives. I am going to have to check them out. Thanks for sharing.

  5. I would like to try Simply Dressed Blue Cheese Salad Dressing.
    kraftmaking at gmail dot com

  6. I would love to try the Ranch version first, and I think this salad would be a great time to try it. This recipe sounds delicious!

  7. The top two I want to try are the Simply Dressed Lemon Vinaigrette and the Simply Dressed® Greek Feta Salad Dressing… both look delicious.

  8. This looks like the perfect summer salad. I love the addition of grilled corn and tortilla chips.

    The only Marzetti dressing I’ve had is their Classic Ranch, and it’s delicious–both as a salad dressing and as a veggie dip. I think they make a Bleu Cheese dressing that would probably be great on buffalo wings.

    Thanks!
    sharonjo at gwtc dot net

  9. Linda Marshall :

    I would like to try the Ranch first but after looking @ Marzetti’s website I am on a mission to find where to purchase their Lemon veggie drizzle! May have to add some room in our pantry for all those delicious looking Marzetti products.

  10. Love summer salads and this looks great. Thanks

  11. Blue cheese is my favorite but would like to try the Ranch. Actually after going to website their are several I’d like to try.

  12. I would like to try the Simply Dressed Avocado Ranch Salad Dressing. Thanks for the chance to win 🙂
    jslbrown2009 at aol dot com

  13. Stephanie Phelps :

    I would love to try the
    Simply Dressed® Strawberry Poppyseed Salad Dressing
    Strawberry Poppyseed Salad Dressing
    my4boysand1@gmail.com