¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† Tyent USA‚Ä¶Summertime Salad
¬† ¬†¬†Well, after a long and dreary winter, spring has finally arrived and summer is just around the corner.¬† To me, that means putting out a little garden and harvesting fresh greens and vegetables all summer long.¬† I love to piddle in the garden; however, I live in the country.¬† Not everyone is blessed to be able to have a garden of any size, but you can still enjoy the fresh, healthy bounty of a good garden by supporting your local farmers market or even by buying fresh produce from your favorite supermarket.
¬†In addition, when I think of gardens, I think of salads.¬† It‚Äôs hard to beat the delicious blend of flavors a good garden salad provides.¬† That is why I‚Äôm sharing one of my favorite salad recipes that we just love at our house, the chicken-club salad.
When I lived in Nashville, Tennessee, there used to be a very popular restaurant on West End Avenue called Houston’s.¬† In fact, if memory serves, it was the first one to open in the country.¬† Regardless, they were known for their chicken-club salad with buttermilk garlic dressing.
Sadly, after many years, they moved out of town. ¬†Before they left however, I was able to procure from an employee their recipe and would like to share it with you today.¬† It is delicious! The beauty of this salad is you can customize it to fit your tastes.
Chicken Club Salad (with Buttermilk Garlic Dressing)
Main Ingredients:¬† Chicken, lettuce, bacon, avocado (and anything else you prefer)
To begin with, you will need some lettuce.¬† Some people like ice burg lettuce, while some prefer green leafy spinach.¬† I like a good spring-mix for my salad but of course, use what you like.¬† The same applies to the dressing.¬† You may use any salad dressing you like but I will say this, don‚Äôt be put off by the buttermilk, I don‚Äôt like buttermilk by itself, but it was this dressing that made this salad so delicious. ¬†It’s a little sweet and a little spicy.
You can fry or bake your own chicken or take the easy route and buy some chicken tenders already cooked at your favorite market.¬† That‚Äôs what I do.¬†
Place your fresh greens in individual bowls.¬† Add the sliced avocado and cooked, cut-up bacon.¬† I like the chicken to be warm so I keep it in the oven on low and add it last.¬† As I said, you can add whatever you like to make your salad taste the way you want it.¬† The way I am listing it is how Houston’s served it.¬† Theirs had cherry tomatoes but I‚Äôm not a tomato guy.
¬†The dressing recipe makes one cup.¬† Enough for about four salads.
Buttermilk Garlic Dressing:
1/3¬†¬† cup sour cream
1/2¬†¬† cup mayonnaise
1/8 ¬†¬†teaspoon crushed garlic
¬ľ ¬†¬†¬†teaspoon salt
¬Ĺ¬†¬† teaspoon paprika
¬ľ ¬†¬†teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
2 ¬Ĺ ¬†teaspoons sugar
¬Ĺ ¬†¬†¬†teaspoon dry mustard
3 ¬ľ¬† tablespoons of buttermilk¬† (see‚Ä¶not that much)
I toss everything into a blender as I am making it then hit whatever button mixes it well.
(refrigerate it awhile before serving)¬† It‚Äôll last two or three days in the fridge.
To make the salad, just cut the chicken into bite-size pieces, slice the avocado and add it, then throw on some good bacon and there it is. ¬†Oh yes, pour on the dressing!
It is so good and bound to become one of your favorites! ¬†
Side bar: ¬†Houston’s served this with a delicious cheesy bread which you can find a recipe for on-line.
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