BBQ Ranch Salad

taken from http://sweetnicks.com/weblog/2009/10/paneras-bbq-chopped-chicken-salad/

So let me break it down:

romaine lettuce
roasted pieces of corn
black beans
tender pieces of chicken
crispy bits of blue and red tortilla strips
and the dressing

Now the first couple of times I had the salad, I had it in the restaurant, so I didn’t pay much attention to dissecting the dressing.  But then when I ordered the salad to-go once, and I paid closer attention.  The dressing is a Thousand Island/French (what is the difference between the two anyway?) and BBQ sauce.  When you get it to go, it’s in two separate cups, so it was easier to tell what was going on.  Well, scratch that.  I happened to look the salad up on the website, and it says it’s a Ranch with the BBQ sauce.  Hmm, go figure.  I think further research might be in order, especially since it tastes like Thousand Island/French, and I have yet to see a pinky-colored Ranch.

And, of course, all of this means that should I ever feel compelled to make this salad at home, it’s totally doable.  I would never have thought of putting BBQ sauce on a salad, but with the dressing, it works.  I promise.  I’m just glad my new favorite salad didn’t end up on this list.  I have to say, I held my breath as I was reading through the entries.  If this, or Wendy’s Mandarin Chicken Salad ended up there, I don’t know what I’d do.

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