One of these salads is the Grilled Chicken Salad from a restaurant called The Railyard in Gloversville, New York. Right out of college I lived back home & worked at a phone company. My friend Kevin would always take me there on our lunch break & Holy Aunt Jemima Balls that salad is GOOOOD.
Today I'm replicating this delicious salad as best I can while maintaining a smidge of weight loss credibility. YAY!!!!
Here's our ingredients:
Bag of Spring Mix Salad
3-5 Chicken Breasts- Diced
2 T. Olive Oil
Garlic Pepper- To Taste (like a little black grinder from McCormick)
5-6 Pieces of Turkey Bacon
1/2 cup Red Onion- Chopped
1 cup Low-Fat or Fat-Free Croutons
Low-Cal Raspberry Garlic Vinaigrette (or something sliiiiiightly sweet)
First thing you want to do is grill up some chicken in a saucepan with the garlic pepper & olive oil. Or you know, you can GRILL IT cause it's a Grilled Chicken Salad. Don't have a lot of time? Use the ol' George Foreman Grill.
Once they're done, set those aside in a bowl & you can heat up some turkey bacon. You can use the same saucepan or a microwave. I'm not a huge fan of turkey bacon cause it hardly has the consistency of real bacon but what can ya do? Does the job. Word.
Oh & due to the fact I've yet learned how to crop, color correct photos on a Mac, these are all probably gonna be pretty terrible pictures. HA!
Chop up your turkey bacon, throw it in the bowl with the chicken & red onions.
Next, open your spring mix bag of salad, wash & drain. Throw that in a serving bowl. Dump the chicken, bacon & red onion mixture on the top. Add the croutons & it should look something like this:
YUM. :) :) :)
And ooooh, here's a closer look:
Finally, you want to pour some homemade or a really wonderful gourmet salad dressing over the top.
Or Ken's... because who's got the time?
I used a Raspberry Walnut Vinaigrette- a little bit too sweet & raspberry-ish for me but was nice with the garlicky, salty flavors in the chicken & bacon.
And then I plated it to make myself feel like I was going out to eat.
And I loooove going out to eat.
Or just eating in general.
NUM. :) :) :)
ENJOY, EVERYONE!! MERRY JANUARY!!!