Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Foodie Resolution Week #4 of 52: BBQ Salad

This recipe was adapted from two different recipes I found. Things are pretty pathetic around here, you guys. My body wasn't made to handle the heart of winter where wind chills are below zero. I'm a wuss. I'm not trying to be strong. As a result, the thought of putting Benjamin in his snowsuit and driving 1.5 miles to the grocery store is literally a daunting task. Hence the lack of fresh fruits and vegetables in our house... which makes this whole goal of trying a new recipe each week challenging.

Enough complaining. I made it happen. I went out today in the snow and bought vegetables. Let's just not talk about my carbon footprint on those veggies because I just know they were not being grown in the Arctic where I live here in the Midwest.
Lowdown: The recipe I wanted to make was a "healthy" chicken taco salad. I don't know how healthy the salad was with mayonnaise as a dressing component, but anyway. Greek yogurt has changed my world. I won't buy sour cream anymore and love the extra protein Greek yogurt has. It's such a secret superfood. I selected a dressing from another salad I'd been meaning to try from Iowa Girl Eats instead. She uses the dressing to top her BBQ Chicken Quinoa Salad.

My modifications:

  • Spinach and finely shredded cabbage instead of iceberg lettuce. Spinach and cabbage are super high in nutrients and iceberg isn't nearly as much bang for your buck. I love the crunch of cabbage that sort of emulates what you love about iceberg. Speaking of bucks... why on earth is iceberg so expensive in Chicago? Absurd. Cabbage and spinach are pennies compared. And better.
  • Added roasted poblano in with my roasted corn. I grilled both on my stovetop reversible griddle pan. I also used my new olive oil sprayer and it worked great!
  • Different dressing: 1/3 cup Greek yogurt + 1/3 cup BBQ sauce coated a large glass bowl of salad perfectly without being too soggy.
Inspirations here and here.


Solange, Nik, Caitlin and Oliver said... [Reply to comment]

Yum!!! that looks awesome. I so do NOT envy your ridiculously cold weather. I wanna see a pic in his snowsuit though....

Brooke said... [Reply to comment]

I'm a total Greek yogurt convert. That stuff is magic.

Caroline said... [Reply to comment]

that looks delicious.

LauraJane said... [Reply to comment]

I can't believe you ventured out in the cold. You're brave.

Renel said... [Reply to comment]

That looks Tastey. I are so much Greek yogurt while pregnant I'm a little over it... Even though I still eat it weekly... But I like tge idea of using it in a recipe.

Suzanne said... [Reply to comment]

Yummy. What time is dinner? And I do not think you are a wuss for not going outside when it's that cold. Is there a delivery option?:)

Natasha said... [Reply to comment]

You were brave going out in that cold! The salad looks yummy!