I used to go to California Pizza Kitchen oh, probably once or twice a week when growing up (mostly in high school). My friends and I loved that place. Talking about it actually makes me miss it….delicious BLT pizza’s (yeah, really healthy for you), Waldorf Salad, split pea soup..even a tuna melt pizza. That one (I’m pretty sure) was short lived on their menu since I think I was the only person who ordered it…but I swear it was amazing.
Anyway, I’m not a huge salad eater (I try so hard to be!) but CPK’s salads were a different story. One in particular that is pretty memorable: the BBQ chopped chicken salad.
My friend who was visiting these past few days had a salad recipe she uses that’s basically a replica of the CPK salad. It was really good and super easy too!
All we did was chop up some romaine lettuce, throw in a can of black beans and sweet corn, chop up jicama, tomatoes, and cilantro, and barbecue some chicken to top it off.
I’ve never actually bought jicama before. I like it and definitely enjoy it in salads, I’ve just never ventured out and bought it myself. It was so good fresh! Kinda sweet and really tasty.
So the chicken had some BBQ sauce on it, but I topped my salad off with a little more. We also used ranch dressing (no diets here) but you could use whatever dressing you’d like.
The only thing that was missing were the strips of tortilla chips on top but we made up for that with a side of french bread.
This salad was so good and really simple. I’ll definitely start making it more often. I’ll try to find another salad dressing (maybe make one) that’s not as fattening but in the meantime, ranch will do. I actually haven’t had ranch in forever, I forgot how good it is!
I had a great visit with my friend, she went back to Phoenix yesterday. The weather has been ridiculous here: in the 60’s! I feel like it’s going to be a teaser, like next week it’s going to dump snow on us or something and drop down to 10…I hope not! Today’s another beautiful day though (high of 64!!) so I’m definitely going running.
Besides eating, we both took pregnancy pictures of each other which was fun. She’s 26 weeks so much farther along than me, but I’m starting to show a little bump! I also ate a lot this weekend :).
Baby bump! 🙂
What’s your favorite salad? Any good recipe suggestions? (I always have a hard time thinking of yummy salads)