Couples Salad

With my boys growing up and into all sorts of activities, I find that many weekend lunches end up being for just my wife and I. When this happens, one of my quick go to dishes is Buffalo chicken on top of salad – it is like a couples salad.

The heat of the Buffalo sauce and the creaminess of the cheese work really well with the crisp romaine.

I will often use canned chicken or cut up chicken breasts, but I had some tenderloins on hand.

The salad base is ready.

So is the dressing.

Chicken in the pan.

Gettin’ some heat!

Buffalo Chicken Salad

Cook Time: 8 min | Makes: 4 servings | Difficulty: Easy


  • 2 hearts romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 1 cup shredded carrots, available in pouches
  • 2 ribs celery with greens, chopped
  • 1/2 cup ranch dressing
  • 1/2 cup blue cheese crumbles
  • 1 package, 3/4 to 1 pound, chicken tenders, cut into bite size pieces
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, 1 turn of the pan
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 1/4 cup hot sauce


Preheat a skillet over medium-high heat.

Combine lettuce, carrots and celery in a salad bowl. Combine ranch dressing and blue cheese crumbles in a small bowl.

Add oil and butter to hot pan with the chicken. Season with salt and pepper and sear for 2 or 3 minutes, then add hot sauce. Reduce heat a little and cook 5 minutes more.

Toss salad with dressing and season with salt and pepper. Top salad with Buffalo chicken and serve.


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Categories: appetizer, Cheese2, Chicken, Low Carb, Lunch, Recipes, Salad, Side Dish, vegetable3

Author:The Ranting Chef

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13 Comments on “Couples Salad”

  1. calmyourbeans
    November 29, 2012 at 11:08 am #

    Reblogged this on calmyourbeans.


  2. November 29, 2012 at 11:14 am #

    anything with blue cheese has to be wonderful! The chicken really makes it a meal! Yum.


  3. Terra Kroll
    November 29, 2012 at 11:54 am #

    YUM! buffalo chicken salad is one of my faves!!


  4. November 29, 2012 at 12:17 pm #

    Reblogged this on Yummy Foody Finds and commented:


  5. November 29, 2012 at 3:47 pm #

    I have to know about canned chicken. The idea is just… bizarre, to me. Is there a brand or type you like best? Also, do you like Frank’s wing sauce (I can actually get that in Ireland, and buy it every time I see it just in case they stop importing it).


    • November 29, 2012 at 4:25 pm #

      I do like Franks. A good all-purpose wing sauce. Canned chicken (like canned fish) is cooked cubed or shredded chicken meat (often white meat) and makes it easy for a quick lunch. I felt the same way about canned beef the first time.


  6. November 29, 2012 at 4:24 pm #

    looks wonderful!


  7. November 29, 2012 at 7:17 pm #

    I have to say, I read this all as a metaphor for a delightful couple’s afternoon with no kids!!!!


  8. November 29, 2012 at 8:37 pm #

    Oh, I am so glad I found your blog. The salad sounds just like what my hubby and I would love for a lunch! Thanks for stopping by Evie’s Gardens!


  9. November 29, 2012 at 8:48 pm #

    That salad looks delish… especially the cheese!


  10. November 29, 2012 at 10:06 pm #

    I don’t usually like salad, but this salad I would definitely eat!



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