There is nothing better on a hot summer day than a nice big salad. One of our summertime favorites is this Grilled Buffalo Chicken Salad with Avocado Ranch Dressing. Buffalo wings are one of my husband’s biggest weaknesses, and with this recipe I can satisfy his craving while keeping the caloric intake under control. It’s made with seasoned grilled chicken, and I serve it on a HUGE pile of chopped romaine. Beats the few celery sticks usually eaten as greens with wings 🙂 Now don’t get me wrong, I love a good buffalo wing too – just trying to suggest (force) healthier choices for my family.
Let’s talk about this Creamy Avocado Ranch Dressing. Hello, Goodness! It’s super creamy and rich tasting without all of the fat. You won’t find any mayo or sour cream here – just creamy avocado and plain yogurt seasoned to perfection. It’s an ideal balance to the spicy buffalo sauce. I love this stuff. And here’s a little secret I’ll share with you: Store the dressing in a glass jar with plastic wrap right on the top of the dressing. Screw the lid on tight, and it will stay fresh for a few days without turning brown from the avocado. Love!
I usually prep this entire meal ahead of time and assemble it when it’s time to eat. Grilling the chicken earlier in the day and then slightly heating before serving is the way to go because the lettuce doesn’t wilt from the hot-off-the-grill chicken. And it’s a huge timesaver at that crazy busy time of the day. (Read: Perfect for entertaining or hectic nights.)
Do you make a healthier version of your favorite craving at home? Share yours in the comments below!