Ranch Chicken and Cheddar Salad Recipe
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Ranch Chicken and Cheddar Salad Recipe

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Serving salad for dinner tonight is anything but skimpy. There's chicken and cheese in every bite, and celery and apples give it a great crunch. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 4 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 3 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (4 ounces each)
  • 2 packages (5 ounces each) spring mix salad greens
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 medium apple, chopped
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat ranch salad dressing

Nutritional Facts

3 cup: 320 calories, 14g fat (4g saturated fat), 86mg cholesterol, 784mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 5g fiber), 29g protein


  1. In a large resealable plastic bag, combine the first five ingredients. Add chicken, one piece at a time, and shake to coat. Place chicken on a greased broiler pan. Broil 6 in. from the heat for 6-8 minutes on each side or until chicken juices run clear.
  2. Meanwhile, divide salad greens among four dinner plates. Top each with celery, carrots, apple and cheese. Cut chicken into strips; arrange over salads. Drizzle with dressing. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Ranch Chicken Salad in Simple & Delicious March/April 2009, p11

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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Reviewed Mar. 14, 2013

"I only used 1 bag of spring mix and some iceburger letuce. We are not into the spring mix too much but this was great. Hubby even took left overs for lunch the next day. Will use again."

Reviewed Mar. 8, 2012

"Very good"

Reviewed Oct. 31, 2011

"Takes the bland away from chicken, crisp, fresh, and filling. Thank you for sharing the recipe."

Reviewed Jun. 15, 2010

"First made this in April and since then it has been on the weekly menu about every other week! Easy to make and just delicious!!"

Reviewed Feb. 28, 2010

"We all loved this salad. I doubled it and was so glad I did! Made a great supper"

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