BBQ Chicken Chopped Salad

During my college years a dear friend of mine introduced me to the BBQ Chicken Chopped Salad while we were dining at California Pizza Kitchen.  I was instantly addicted! I went back time and time again for the delicious meal.  I tried them at numerous restaurants - Ruby's, Islands, and BJs - but the CPK has remained my favorite.  I still eat it to this day when we dine at CPK. 

The blend of flavors is perfect and satisfying.

When I was first married and learning to cook, my husband and I decided that we could re-create this tasty salad at home...and we were right!  It has been a favorite meal at our house for years and years and years.  There is no cooking involved - just chopping and tossing.  So it is a quick weeknight meal that will produce lots of happy tummys!

BBQ Chicken Chopped Salad

BBQ Chicken Chopped Salad
1 head iceberg lettuce, chopped
1 8 oz can corn, drained
1/2 15 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup mozzarella cheese, grated
1 avocado, chopped
2 tbsp basil, chopped
1 cup ranch dressing
2 cups precooked chicken, cubed
1/2 cup BBQ Sauce
10 tortilla chips, crushed
Optional Ingredients:
1 small jicama, diced
1 large roma tomato, diced
Combined lettuce, corn, beans, cheese, avocado, and basil. Toss together with ranch dressing. Transfer to a large serving platter. Sprinkle with tortilla chips.
Combine chicken and BBQ sauce. Place atop salad. Drizzle with extra BBQ sauce. Enjoy.

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