Salads never need be boring! Liven up your salad plate with spicy chicken and tangy Blue Cheese Dressing in this delicious Buffalo Chicken Salad. Chopped celery, tomatoes, cilantro, and green onion round out the flavors for a salad that is truly out of this world.
Buffalo wings are a wonderful party snack, but there isn’t a whole lot of substance to them. As good as they are, they do not make a meal. Not unless you each twenty of them.
I’ve taken it upon myself to take delicious favorite flavors of traditional dishes and tweak them to make them doable at home and easy on the wallet.
Jalapeno Poppers Potatoes? Yes, please.
Nicoise Salad Wraps? Sign me up.
One of my favorite tweaks: Buffalo Chicken. I took typical buffalo wing seasonings and doused them on boneless, skinless chicken breast. You can grill it or bake it in the oven for a Buffalo-themed dinner that is delicious!
Cook up extra and toss that chicken on a bed of greens with grape tomatoes, chopped celery, and blue cheese dressing? Yum! And throw on a good handful of cilantro, just for kicks. Yum-O!
That’s what you get with this Buffalo Chicken Salad – all the flavors of the classic Buffalo Wings plate — and then some.
Why Make This
It’s good. This Buffalo Chicken Salad combines all the great flavors of an appetizer plate in a nutrient-dense salad. Sooo very tasty!
It’s cheap. Can you believe that you can make FOUR main dish salads for the price of one plate of wings?! Just $1.58 per person!
It’s easy. With your chicken already cooked, this salad comes together in minutes.
Here’s what you’ll need to make a tasty Buffalo Chicken Salad at home:
baby greens – Pre-washed baby greens help you pull this salad together in a flash. If you prefer, you can use baby spinach or your favorite lettuce, torn or chopped into bite-sized pieces.
celery – Celery sticks are a classic accompaniment to Buffalo Chicken, making chopped celery a great addition to this salad.
tomatoes – You can use chopped tomatoes or small, bite-sized ones. Grape or cherry tomatoes are best if you’re going to pack salads for work or school as they won’t drip juice on the salad greens.
Buffalo Chicken – You can top your salads with Buffalo Chicken Bites, sliced pieces of Grilled Buffalo Chicken, or commercial buffalo flavored chicken meat. If you like, you can simply toss chopped, cooked chicken in buffalo sauce before adding to the salad. A rotisserie chicken will help you save time.
Blue Cheese Dressing – This is the traditional dipping sauce for Buffalo Chicken. I like to make homemade Blue Cheese Dressing as it’s so easy, but you can use your favorite bottled variety or substitute ranch dressing instead.
green onion – Chopped green onion gives a nice little kick to the salad. You can substitute it with sliced red onion or chopped sweet onion.
fresh cilantro – I love the flavor fresh cilantro brings to salads, but you can also use fresh dill or basil instead.
Here’s how to make your Buffalo Chicken Salad:
- Divide the salad greens among 4 dinner-size plates. Distribute the celery and tomatoes evenly among the four plates.
- Top each plate with the cooked chicken. At this point, you can cover the salads and refrigerate for later.
- Drizzle the salads with the dressing.
- Top with scallions and cilantro and serve.
FAQs & Recipe Costs
You either love blue cheese dressing… or you don’t. If you fall into the latter category, serve your buffalo chicken salad with ranch or your favorite creamy dressing. Some people enjoy more buffalo sauce on top as well.
A rotisserie chicken is a great shortcut for adding protein to a salad. Carve the chicken away from the bone, chop into bite-sized pieces, and toss the chicken with a bit of buffalo sauce to add a bit of Buffalo flavor before adding the chicken to the salad.
Leftover chicken is great in salads, on pizza, and made into Buffalo Chicken Wraps.
Knowing how much it costs you to prepare a recipe can help you decide if it’s the type of recipe to make regularly or one you might want to save for special occasions. Let’s crunch some numbers and see how this recipe pencils out.
- baby greens – $1.99
- celery – $0.30
- tomatoes – $0.30
- Buffalo Chicken Bites – $2.09
- Blue Cheese Dressing – $1.33
- green onion – $0.20
- fresh cilantro – $0.10
While your costs may vary depending on where and how you shop, you can expect to pay about $6.31 for four Buffalo Chicken Salads, about $1.58/serving.
How to make this good and cheap:
Here are some of the strategies you can use to make this recipe more economical:
- Stock up on ingredients when they are on sale. The chicken is the high price items in this recipe. Watch for sales and stock up.
- Make your own dressings. Bottled dressings are either way too expensive or full of junk. I love to make my own dressings. Not only are they quick and economical to prepare, but they allow me to control the ingredients that I use.
- Save your cilantro. Store your cilantro properly so it doesn’t go to waste as a mass of brown goo in the vegetable drawer.
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Buffalo Chicken Salad
- Divide the salad greens among 4 dinner-size plates. Distribute the celery and tomatoes evenly among the four plates. Top each plate with the cooked chicken. At this point, you can cover the salads and refrigerate for later.
- Drizzle the salads with the dressing. Top with scallions and cilantro, and serve.
This post was originally published on May 14, 2011. It has been updated for content and clarity.