Renee's Kitchen Adventures

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Bacon Ranch Chicken Salad


What could be more delicious than a bacon/chicken/ranch combo for 3 points+ a serving?  This super simple chicken salad recipe idea comes from the Taste of Home Diet Comfort Food Cookbook. The original recipe is served on a bun...but I choose to make wraps with it....(Nutritional values given on recipe do not reflect the wrap or the spinach, or the diced tomato as shown below)


To kick this salad up a notch...I added some finely diced fresh jalapeno pepper from my backyard.  ( which unfortunately wasn't as HOT as I would have liked it to be.  I'm blaming it on all the rain and lack of sunshine last week!)  But the addition of jalapeno pepper is totally optional.

When served on a 2 point+ tortilla with spinach and diced tomato, the entire wrap comes in at 5 points+.  Not too shabby! 



Bacon Ranch Chicken Salad
adapted from Taste of Home Diet Comfort Food Cookbook


Servings - 6   Serving Size - about 1/2 cup or 1/6th of recipe   Points Plus per Serving - 3 Points+
(Nutritional information for one serving of salad only) Calories - 122.6,   Total Fat - 6g.   Carb. - 4g,   Protein - 11.5g,   Fiber - 0.7g


3 TBS. reduced-fat mayonnaise
3 TBS. reduced-fat ranch salad dressing
3 TBS. fat free sour cream
1 TBS. lemon juice
salt and pepper, to taste
8 oz. cooked boneless, skinless chicken breast cooled and cubed
1/2 cup diced celery
1/2 cup diced red pepper
1/4 cup diced red onion
1/2 fresh jalapeno pepper, finely diced ( optional )
3 slices of cooked turkey bacon, crumbled

1. In a large bowl, combine the mayo, ranch dressing, sour cream, lemon juice and salt and pepper.  Whisk until combined.  Add in remaining ingredients and toss to coat.  

2.  Serve over a bed of greens, on a bun with lettuce and tomato, on bread or crackers, or in a wrap as shown. 


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This was a delicious lunch!  I will be making this again soon!  I am a fan of mayo, so the creaminess of the dressing did not put me off in the least. Although the original recipe called for prepared ranch dressing as I wrote it in the recipe,  I would have preferred to use a TBS or so of powdered ranch dressing mix for the ranch flavor...but I didn't have any on hand, so just used the prepared stuff.  It worked out fine.  But next time, I am trying out the powdered mix because I think it has better ranch flavor than the bottled stuff. 

I have had a few things I have made and tried this week that just didn't turn out as well as I would have liked, and thus, are not going to make the blog until they are tweaked and brought up to standards.  Thankfully, this chicken salad turned out well enough to publish!  

I have been busy getting together a SUPER Nunaturals giveaway and a cookbook review for you. ( the cookbook involves cookies...lots and lots of cookies and everything I have made thus far has been stupendous!)   Hopefully I will be able to post at least one of them by the end of this week. 
Until then....HAPPY COOKING to all!!

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7 comments:

  1. Oh my, Renee! This looks amazing! Bacon and ranch and chicken salad...3 favorites! And the stats, wow! Must-make, that's for sure! Mark would even eat this! And supposedly, he hates chicken salad.

    Sorry there's been some lack-luster results - I've had much of the same. Let's bring on some good fall tastes and recipes, right!

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  2. Owwww! I wonder if this would be good using greek yogurt? Fun recipe

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  3. @ Erica...I don't see why greek yogurt wouldn't work just fine in place of the sour cream! Try it and let me know! :)

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  4. OH Renee, this looks like an amazing keeper of a recipe!!! You seem like such an amazing cook, I bet the meals you feel aren't up to snuff and pretty damn good!!! Have a great Wed.

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  5. Bacon makes everything taste better! I do love me some bacon. :)

    I hate it when I waste time, money and food on something that doesn't turn out tasting good. Sometimes recipes sound so good on paper you can't imagine that the end result will be anything other than delicious. Sigh.

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  6. I love comfort food, especially when it is lightened up. This chicken salad looks delicious and perfect served in a wrap.

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  7. Hi Renee,
    Your Chicken Salad looks like it has great flavor. I really love it used in the wrap, yummy! Hope you are having a great week end and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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