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Easy Recipe of the Week: Best Salad Ever

Updated: Aug 15, 2020

Why I love this recipe: It is the salad that turned my salad-hating children into salad-loving children, so I will forever be indebted to it.


2 Chicken Breasts

10 Slices of Bacon

3 Heads of Romaine (chopped)

1-2 Avocados (cubed)

10oz of Cherry Tomatoes (halved)

1 Red Onion (halved and thinly sliced)

Blue Cheese Crumbles or Cheddar Cheese (shredded)

Crispy Onions Crispy Jalapenos

1 Cup of Olive Oil

1/2 Cup White Vinegar

1/4 Cup Sugar

4 Tsp Garlic Powder


1. Preheat oven to 350 F

2. Cover a sheet pan with foil

3. Using the beer can chicken seasoning, season your chicken breasts all over to taste. Place the chicken on one side of your pan

4. Place your bacon on the other side of the pan. Lift the foil slightly between the chicken and bacon to create a border

5. Place your pan in the oven and bake for approximately 30 minutes (or until your bacon is crispy and your chicken is cooked through. If one finishes before the other, remove what is fully cooked and place the pan back in the oven until the rest is done)

6. While chicken and bacon are cooking, make your dressing

7. Combine olive oil, white vinegar, sugar and garlic powder in shaker or bowl. I use this. Whisk or shake to fully combine. Place it in the fridge until it's ready to use

8. Chop the rest of your ingredients

9. When bacon and chicken are done, rest on paper towel lined plates until cool enough to handle (five or so minutes)

10. Begin plating your salad (to taste) with the other ingredients (lettuce, onion, etc).

11. Once chicken and bacon are cool, chop into bite sized pieces and top your salad.

12. Drizzle with your dressing and serve!

*Makes about four salads*

Tip: If your kids are like mine, and not natural born salad eaters, giving them ownership over the meal process helps to ease them in. The first couple of times I served this, I placed the salad ingredients in bowls and created a salad bar for them to make their salads as they chose (with my supervision so their salad didn't turn into cheese with a side of lettuce).

Tip: You can find the beer can seasoning near the spices in most grocery stores.

Tip: You can find the crispy onions and crispy jalapenos in the produce section of most grocery stores.

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