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BBQ Chicken Salad with Apple Vinaigrette

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Zach and I are known for eating foods with a lot of calories. Most of the time it’s done on purpose. We run a lot and need extra help with extra calories! We decided to tone it down a bit last night and go with a fresh salad. Sometimes we just crave a really good salad. We went with mixed greens of baby spinach and romaine; garnished it with bleu cheese, raisins, apples and more; then topped it with a freshly marinated, grilled BBQ chicken breast. Zach made a delicious apple vinaigrette to drizzle on top! Zach also came to the rescue and found this really great BBQ sauce from Horsetooth, a hot sauce company out of Fort Collins, CO. This BBQ sauce is out of control, and this is coming from a couple of people who pride themselves on making their own. It goes by the name of Hot Mess. This BBQ blends Odell’s Cutthroat Porter (which by the way, we paired with this dish), coffee, molasses, brown sugar and more to bring great flavor to anything you glaze in it. We went ahead and marinated the chicken in Hot Mess for a couple of hours, which I certainly recommend doing. I can’t wait for you guys to try out this recipe. It’s SOOO easy and so fresh. I’m sure you’ll absolutely love it!

It was only natural that we pair this salad with Odell’s Cutthroat Porter since the BBQ sauce we used contains hints of this brew. This is your perfect, standard porter. It’s heavy but light, and super sweet. It really elevated this dish and added a ton of flavor. It brought out the sweetness of the BBQ, the apple vinaigrette, and all of the fixings, but didn’t overpower any of the other components.

We hope you enjoy this fresh, light autumn meal. Happy Cooking!

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Hello! I'm Justine.

I’m a blogger and web developer from the beautiful state of Oklahoma, where my loving husband, two adorable kids, and two mischievous dogs keep me on my toes 24/7. My idea of heaven includes endless summer days, getting lost in a good book, and whipping up some delicious homemade bread.


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