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My new favorite summer recipe has to be the Chicken BLT salad. There is no real “cooking” involved and it doesn’t take more than 15 minutes to prepare! It is perfect for those hot summer days when you need to eat something but don’t want anything too heavy or warm. It is also my new favorite go-to when I take dinner to friends with new little babies. They don’t have to warm it up and I don’t have to worry about it being hot when I deliver it!

I first saw this recipe in Cooking Light and have adapted it a little to make it easier and more convenient for myself. I definitely added some fat and calories to it but those don’t count in the summer…right? Below is my version. You can click HERE for the official recipe.

Ingredients
1 rotisserie chicken, picked off of the bone and shredded
1 tomato, cut into small chunks
1 (10-ounce) package romaine salad
6 center-cut bacon slices, cooked and crumbled
1 avocado, sliced and cut into small chunks
3/4 cup buttermilk ranch dressing

Preparation
1. Cook the bacon until it is crisp (This is the only “cooking” involved! I quote it because I just use the microwave for this step.)
2. Combine the first five ingredients in a large bowl.
3. Drizzle buttermilk ranch dressing over salad.
4. Toss well, serve and enjoy!

HINT: This goes very well with a glass of crisp and cold white wine or sangria!

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I made this tonight and it is delicious and so easy!! It is from Cooking Light’s 5 Ingredient recipe collection. This one will go in my list of favorites and easy to remember category.

I would like to say though, that I did not make their dressing. I wasn’t interested in making a homemade dressing that I may or may not like so my salad was not exactly their salad. I added cut-up avocado to the body of the salad and used buttermilk ranch as the dressing (not the healthiest but they wanted me to use buttermilk and avocado in the homemade dressing so, why not?). Even Conner loved it!

I am excited to find something I can make at the drop of the hat and in less than 10 minutes. Check it out for yourself here: http://find.myrecipes.com/recipes/recipefinder.dyn?action=displayRecipe&recipe_id=1895975

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