grilled chicken, blue cheese & bacon salad

I’m on a quest to eat more fruits and vegetables.  Contrary to popular belief it isn’t expensive like I’ve heard a few annoying people say.  Four bags of produce at my local fruit stand sets my hubby and I back around $45. This lasts the two of us a week. For snacks my hubby takes fruit to work along with whatever leftovers there are from the night before. For me, I juice each day and have a big bowl of chopped up fruit for brunch. Then we have veggies of a night with our main meal. My point, if I have one: If you shop wisely you can eat more fruits and veggies and feel better for it. My mission: To lose some weight once and for all.  Maybe adding cheese and bacon to a salad is not the way to do that but it is a scrummy way to eat salad you have to admit.

grilled chicken, blue cheese & bacon salad

grilled chicken, blue cheese & bacon salad

grilled chicken, blue cheese and bacon salad

  • 4 to 6 chicken tenderloins* (or 2 to 3 chicken boneless, skinless chicken breasts)
  • 3 tablespoons sweet chili sauce
  • pinch of salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 handfuls chopped romaine (cos) lettuce
  • 4 to 6 bacon strips, cooked according to package directions & chopped
  • 4 oz (125g) creamy blue cheese, broken into pieces
  • 1 cup chopped ripe tomato (this was one large, beautiful juicy tomato from Tennessee)
  • 1/3 cup finely sliced green onion
  • croutons, for serving

SWEET CHILI DRESSING

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sweet chili sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • pinch of salt and freshly ground pepper
  1.  To make the sweet chili dressing, put all ingredients in a small jar; shake to combine.
  2.  Toss chicken tenderloins with sweet chili sauce, salt and pepper in medium bowl.  Cook on grill over medium-hot heat 3 to 4 minutes on each side or until cooked thoroughly.
  3.  Arrange lettuce on 2 or 3 serving plates. Add bacon, cheese, tomato, green onions and chicken. Drizzle with dressing. Top with croutons if desired. Serves 2 to 3.

*Chicken tenderloin is the piece underneath the breast unless it has been removed by the producer to be sold separately. They are very tender and require very short cooking times making them great for the time conscious. 

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