Monday, May 21, 2012

~Southwest Chicken Chopped Salad~

This is our fifth wheel.  We bought it last year as an upgrade from the first one we purchased a few years ago.  We love it as a way to get out and away from our own little paradise here on earth to see other parts of the country.  So far, we have been visiting alot of our own state parks that are absolutely beautiful and, a few weeks ago, we went to Lake Murray State Park in southern Oklahoma.  This is our site.  It ended up being an extremely hot weekend and so we didn't spend too much time outdoors.
Preparing simple meals is a must when we travel.  I want to relax and enjoy, not slave away in the kitchen!!  Anyway, I found the most delicious, EASY chicken salad recipe that was a big hit with everyone (we were there with some of our family) and I thought this would be a great recipe for this coming Memorial Day weekend.  If you haven't already got your plans made (which we don't).

I have lots and lots of cookbooks, but I was in a hurry to find something new so I went to one of my favorite online recipe sites, Tasty Kitchen.  I came across a salad that was really simple to make and had several great reviews.  A must in my book.  This is Southwest Chicken Chopped Salad submitted by Lauren who has a blog called Lauren's Latest.  Doesn't it look scrumptious?

 The recipe calls for rotisserie chicken, which I used when we went on our camping trip.  I made the salad again over the weekend and opted for grilled chicken that I marinated in lime juice, olive oil, garlic powder, salt and pepper.  The rotisserie chicken is great for when you're in a hurry but I think we preferred the taste of the grilled chicken more.

 In the salad, you have romaine lettuce, black beans, corn, scallions, green pepper, tomatoes, cilantro, and then avocado and tortilla chips that you add right before serving.  I started adding the dressing and had an oops moment.  I wanted to take a 'before' picture of just the salad fixin's but forgot.  So let's pretend there's not any dressing on the salad, okay?  I didn't use a whole head of romaine lettuce when making it this time since it was just Mr. Bill and I, but it does make a huge mess of salad if you do.

The dressing is made up of mayo, sour cream, taco seasoning, ranch seasoning, lime juice, salt and pepper.  You could even make this with the low-fat varieties if you are so inclined.

Chicken, mixed salad, dressing and chips all waiting to be mixed together.  Use as little or as much of the dressing as you would like.  Dump it all together and this is what you get...

 Here it is in all its glory.  The recipe calls for the tortilla chips to be crushed and added right before serving but I preferred to serve the chips on the side.

One big whopping serving of salad just for me!  This recipe is definitely a keeper in my house.  Mr. Bill said so.  Thank you, Lauren, for sharing this recipe.  You must stop by her blog, Lauren's Latest.  It's all about food and recipes.  Oh, my goodness!  It'll make you drool.  Seriously.  And, while you're there, tell her I said 'hey'.  Even though she doesn't know me from Adam.  Oh, and here's the recipe I made up just for you.

I just realized that I forgot to correct a typo on the recipe.  It should read I 'do not" like for my chips to become soggy.  I'll change it later.

Just a reminder...I am giving away one of my handmade needlebooks.  If you haven't already done so, click on the photo above to enter.  Hurry!  The giveaway ends this Friday!!

Have a marvelous Monday~

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Kerin said...

That is one terrific "tin can cottage'!! Spencer would love, love, love if we had one that fancy for him to stay in at camp over the summer. Alas.. he is stuck with our little tiny 1960's era 'tin can cottage'.

Love that salad.. and I am SO making it this week!!
Thanks for sharing the recipe.
It reminds me of a chicken salad that I like to get at "Rumby Island Grill"; but that place is one and a half hours from here~~LOL!

Hope this is a great week for you.

Smiles :)

vintage grey said...

Hi Velma!! Happy Monday!! what a yummy salad!! Thanks for the recipe!! Looks like you have a lot of fun in your beautiful trailer!! Have a great week! xo Heather

My Vintage Mending said...

Oh...a place to stay and some dinner. This is a salad I will be making. I pinned it...thank you for always sharing...smiles..Renee

Sam I Am...... said...

What a "camper"! That's amazing but I wouldn't want to pull it. Is it hard to pull/tow?
Love the recipe! Yours are always so good! Thanks!

Lois' Laughlines said...

I am new to your blog. It is so charming. Thanks for sharing'

Blessings to you.

Betty@SouthernGrace said...

Ohhh, I love, love, love the 5th wheel. That's my dream one day. We love to camp. Right now we are roughing it in tents again but at our age, that's not going to last long. I'm thinking we're ready for another camper too. You should show us some pics of the inside. That salad looks very yummy also. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Country Dreaming said...

Sounds delish!


TinaTx said...

Oh my gosh, that looks good!

Kathryn D. Duke said...

the chicken salad recipe is so original and looks delish...I will give it a try!!
Hummingbird cake is probably my fav!! Mu husband's aunt made it every Labor Day reunion for us til she I make it with fond memories...
enjooyed reading your blog and sorry I got here to late for the needle case drawing because it is lovely too!!

Chenille Cottage said...

Oh, my goodness! My mouth is watering! What a wonderful idea for dinner tonight!
How very sweet your little needlebook is....and, I know Heather is tickled to receive it! How nice to know that every time she uses it she will think of you!
Have a sweet Sunday, Velma!


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