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The flavors of summer combine in this BBQ chicken salad recipe! Top lettuce with corn, beans, tomatoes, barbecued chicken  and other fixings for a delicious summer meal.  Make your salad in a gorgeous bowl from our sponsor, Luigi Bormioli, for a perfect presentation.

Chopped BBQ Chicken Salad Recipe

I love making salads as meals in the summer.  Salads as dinner take advantage of all the yummy summer produce and I don't have to turn on my stove.   Salads are also great for using up leftovers.  This salad is awesome with leftover barbecued chicken.  I first had a version of this salad last summer at a restaurant and I kept meaning to make it at home.  A year later, I finally did it and it is as delicious as I remember.

Glass Salad Bowl

This BBQ chicken salad recipe is very colorful so it's fun to serve it in a glass bowl where you can see all the colors.  I love my Luigi Bormioli bowl from the Michaelangelo collection.  It matches the cake server and glasses I've been using this summer, too.  Luigi Bormioli is a super affordable, gorgeous line of glassware. I'm totally crushing on their stemless wine glasses.

Chopped Chicken Salad Recipe

The foundation of every salad is the lettuce. I used all romaine for this salad, but I prefer a mix of romaine and ice berg.  I prefer chopped salads so I use a knife to chop my lettuce up in to small pieces.

Southwestern Chicken Salad Recipe

Next, I layered in corn, tomatoes, black beans, and green peppers. Bell peppers would be great in here, too.  The salad definitely has a Southwestern flavor.  Toss together.

Barbecue Chicken Salad

For the final layer, I put in chopped barbecue chicken breasts, shredded cheese, and fried onions.  Don't skip the onions. They make the salad.

Colorful Chicken Salad Recipe

See how pretty it is in the bowl!  The heavier ingredients tend to fall to the bottom but you can still see them through the glass. Love it!

BBQ Chopped Chicken Salad Recipe

I served the salad with two different salad dressings since we are a family divided when it comes to dressings.  My husband used a homemade Italian dressing. I prefer ranch dressing so I bought a jar and mixed it with a little barbecue sauce to make a barbecue ranch salad dressing and it was amazing.

Chopped BBQ chicken salad is a quick and easy dinner recipe that's perfect for summer.

Chopped BBQ Chicken Salad Recipe

Serves 4-6     adjust servings


  • 2 heads romaine salad, chopped
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1 15 ounce can corn, drained and rinsed
  • 1 15 ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup shredded colby jack cheese
  • French's fried onions
  • Salad dressing of choice


  1. Combine salad, tomatoes, onions, corn, and beans in a large bowl. Toss to mix.
  2. Add chicken, cheese and onions on top of salad.
  3. Serve with salad dressing.
  4. This can be made ahead of time and refrigerated until ready to serve.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 345kcal Calories from fat 107
% Daily Value
Total Fat 12g 18%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 27mg 9%
Sodium 542mg 23%
Carbohydrate 46g 15%
Dietary Fiber 17g 68%
Sugars 8g
Protein 20g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g
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11 comments on “Chopped BBQ Chicken Salad Recipe

  1. Shelby on said:

    How much chicken? It doesn’t say.

  2. This is my kind of dinner! Thanks for linking up with What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!

  3. This reminds me of the BBQ Chicken Bacon Ranch salad at Wendy’s. Delish! I’m featuring you this week, over at Simple Supper Tuesday. We hope you can join us again, starting Monday night at 8 pm EST.

  4. I absolutely love this! Pinned and tweeted. Thank you so much for bringing such a masterpiece to our party. I hope to see you tonight at 7 pm. We can’t wait to party with you! Lou Lou Girls

  5. I never know what to do with leftover bbq chicken, but this is perfect! What a smart and delicious idea! 🙂

  6. Loving this easy salad dish, I also perfer my salad to be bite size and not to chunkey Thanks for sharing #homemaidsimple

  7. Yum!! I love preparing salads, especially in the summer, it cuts down on toomuch cooking and keeps your home cool. I will be trying this thank you!! #TotallyTerrificTuesday

  8. I love dinner salads too! Thanks for sharing. Found you on Turn it up Tuesday

  9. Heather on said:

    This salad looks delicious!! Pinning and adding to my to make list!