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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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