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Monday, February 18, 2013

Cajun Chicken Salad with Spicy Cajun Ranch Dressing

Sometimes there's nothing better than a salad. And when the salad's as good as this one with this spicy dressing, then there's nothing better. Oh wait...I think I just repeated myself. I hate repeating myself. Just hate it. Anyyyywayyyy....you should really try this yummy salad.

Cajun Chicken Salad with 
Spicy Cajun Ranch Dressing


1 bag greens
1 tomato ~ chopped
1/2 cup rough chopped pecans ~ toasted
3 chicken breasts ~ cut into 1 inch cubes
2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning

In a medium bowl, combine chicken and Cajun seasonings. Allow to sit for 15 minutes.

Heat a large skillet over medium heat, and add a little olive oil.

Add chicken to hot skillet and cook until done.

Let's start, shall we?

Sprinkle the chicken with the cajun 
seasonings and set aside for about an hour or so.

In a hot skillet, cook the chicken 
in a little olive oil until down and 
lightly browned on all sides.

Cajun Ranch Dressing

1 clove garlic - minced
1/2 cup buttermilk
2/3 cup mayonnaise
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon mustard powder
pinch teaspoon paprika
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoons dried parsley
1 teaspoons dill
1 - 2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and mix until well combined.

Place some greens on a plate and add chicken on top.

Add a few tablespoons of dressing.

Sprinkle salad with tomato, toasted pecans and croutons, if desired.

Combine the buttermilk, mayo, 
garlic and all the seasonings. 
Put in the fridge to chill for several hours.

Assemble the salad then drizzle 
with the dressing. Top with the 
toasted pecans, chopped tomatoes 
and maybe some croutons!!