Monday, April 28, 2014

Honey Chipotle Chicken Salad

players sports grill chicken chipotle salad spicy healthy vegetarian
One of our favorite places to visit in St. George when we visit my husband's brother is a place called Player's Sports Grill. It is the St. George version of a Cheesecake Factory. Their menu is practically a novel and you can pretty much guarantee everything you order there is going to be delicious. The last time we were there I ordered a Chipotle Chicken Salad. I was in love!! I took a picture with my phone, wrote down the ingredients and was so excited to go home and re-create this recipe. The result was SO amazing! Why had I never thought of making a dressing with chipotle before? I love the flavor and in this dressing it added the perfect spice & smokey heat that was perfectly balanced with the honey and creamy mayonnaise. I even used my leftover dressing as a dip with grilled chicken and it was awesome. I could see adding this dressing to cream cheese and having a killer chip dip. Really, the flavors were just delightful no matter how you serve them!! If you are a vegetarian, this salad would be a MUST for me. I took several bites before I realized my chicken was still on the grill. There is so much flavor in this salad you wouldn't even miss the meat. A new favorite salad for this summer for sure. Hope you enjoy ;)

Honey Chipotle Chicken Salad

Dressing:
2-3 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
4 sundried tomatoes (from a jar--rinse first if in oil)
1 cup mayonnaise (can use light or fat free mayo)
1/4 cup Dijon mustard
1/4-1/3 cup honey (depending how sweet you like it)
1/3 cup lime juice
Dash of salt to taste
Combine the dressing ingredients into a food processor and blend until smooth. Chill until ready to serve.

Salad:
2-3 grilled and diced chicken breasts, seasoned with salt & pepper (or you can marinate in the dressing for a couple hours if you have time)
1 large head lettuce, chopped
2 tomatoes, diced
1 yellow or orange bell pepper, diced
1 can black beans, drained
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup red onion, diced
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
1 cup goat cheese, gorgonzola or feta cheese, crumbled

Grill the chicken until cooked through. Let rest and then cut into 1/2 inch cubes. Prepare the lettuce, tomatoes, bell peppers, red onion and cilantro. Place all of the salad ingredients into a large serving bowl. Serve with cheese quesadillas on the side and plenty of the dressing.

3 comments:

Emily said...

Made this tonight and had to come back to comment because it was so delicious! My husband and I loved it. Great recipe. I will absolutely make it again!

Shandra said...

Emily,

You are so sweet! I am so glad you and Paul loved it. We will definitely make it next time we all get together as the girls ;) I am so glad you tried it and liked it. Thanks Em!!!

Demarcus Family said...

Made tonight. Soon good!! I live in St. George. Now I have to go try theirs !

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