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Ranch Chicken and Cheddar Salad

Serving salad for dinner tonight is anything but skimpy. There's chicken and cheese in every bite, and celery and apples give it a pleasing crunch. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
  • 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


  • In a shallow dish, combine the first five ingredients. Add chicken, one piece at a time, and turn 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.
  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
3 cups: 320 calories, 14g fat (4g saturated fat), 86mg cholesterol, 784mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 5g fiber), 29g protein.

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  • disneydiva198
    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.

  • jwasson
    Mar 8, 2012

    Very good

  • whywhat
    Oct 31, 2011

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

  • LMS803
    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!!

  • ak47gramma
    Feb 28, 2010

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

  • kristinmh
    Jul 29, 2009

    I really liked this salad. My husband, is not much of a salad eater, even took some leftovers for lunch! I really like that it is so easy and quick.

  • mdsutton1
    Apr 4, 2009

    I really like this salad, but I omitted the celery. The chicken is very flavorful and the apples offer a sweet contrast to the chicken. I recommend it!