Shuck the corn and rinse it. Then cut all the Kernels off and lay out on a lined baking sheet.
Melt 2 tablespoons butter and pour over corn kernels. Toss well, then season generously with salt and pepper.
Wash and dry one head of romaine lettuce. Slice the lettuce into a thick shredded size.
Mix together the parmesan caesar dressing, minced chipotle peppers and adobo sauce. Oh ya. That’s the good stuff!
Remove the meat from the rotisserie chicken and cube. Toss cubed chicken in your choice of BBQ sauce. Set this aside until the rest of your salad is put together.
Prepare the rest of your fixings. In a large bowl add lettuce, cubed avocado, black olives, corn, pinto beans, croutons and feta cheese!
Top with BBQ chicken and diced roma tomatoes. Dress with parmesan chipotle dressing and serve!
That is one good looking salad I must say. Yum. Yum. Yum.
I highly prefer semolina flour pasta if you can find it. It has the best texture and meatiness to it. Mmm.
To start lets boil our pasta. Never overcook your noodles. They are so much better aldente. 🙂 Once your noodles are cooked, strain out the water and run them under cold water to stop the cooking process. Then set them aside in a large bowl.
Lets do a little produce chopping! Dice your tomatoes. Add them to the bowl.
On to the nummy cheese. I like my pieces of feta to be pretty decent in size, but let your concience be your guide. 🙂
Add your fresh basil once you have sliced it up! Ohhh, I love the smell of fresh basil. It’s the best… (Insert Nacho Libre accent)
Of course we couldn’t leave out the summer sausage. It brings back too many good memories! So Slice it thin, or thick or somewhere in the middle and then cut those slices into quarters.
Toss those babies right on top of all that fresh goodness and we are almost done!
First lets preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Now we want to wash and prepare our veggies. I cut my potatoes in wedges by slicing them in half, then cutting each half into three wedges. It makes for a chunky salad.
Grab that gorgeous broccolini and wash it, then remove just the end of the stem.
Next lets whisk together our oil, lime juice and minced garlic. This will make a creamy looking oil to toss the veggies with!
Lay out the potatoes and broccolini on a lined baking sheet and drizzle the oil mixture over the veggies. Toss veggies to evenly coat them.
Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. (I like quite a bit of salt for the potatoes.)
Pop those babies in the hot oven and roast for 20 minutes. Potatoes should be browned slightly and tender when pierced with a fork. Broccolini will be quite crispy and roasted looking. That’s alllll good. Just how we want it!
While the veggies are roasting I mix the dressing. Want to know a dirty little secret? I love Good Season’s Italian Dressing Packets. I know. I’m lazy and totally could make dressing from scratch, but this is just all too easy and delicious! All you do is grab your handy dandy cruet (got mine in a Good Seasons package) and fill your oil, vinegar, water and dry Italian mix. OK, I add a teaspoon of sugar too, but man it is easy!! I do this on a regular basis when I want a fast dressing that isn’t from the refrigerator. You can make it with red wine vinegar, sherry vinegar or really any vinegar you want, but my personal preference is balsamic vinegar. I know, I’m a little obsessed with balsamic… What can I say? It’s just that good.
Dressing done. 🙂 Now onto our grape tomatoes. Wash em’ and slice them in half lengthwise. Easy peasy.
Radishes give this salad an earthy, fresh element that I love. Just that something special. Slice them thin and toss em’ in!
Look at the beautiful bowl of vegetable perfection. You’re almost done!
Drizzle the dressing to taste over the veggies and give it a toss. Now for the naughty part of the dish. Parmesan. Oh baby I love me some Parm. It makes everything better. Really. Try it!
Voila! There you have a ready to pack up and go party salad that would suit any number of picnic or BBQ main dishes. Or, if you are like me and just love having a veggie salad handy in the fridge to eat for lunch, do that! Healthy and packed with flavor. Now you have no excuse to hit the drive-thru on your way to the park. 🙂
Enjoy my friends! I hope you take a moment to have an outdoor picnic with your loved ones. It makes food taste so much better when you are eating it out in nature! “So get out there, get into nature, and make your own discoveries!!” ~Dr. Scott (The paleontologist from PBS)
Oh dear. I watch too many cartoons with my kids. It’s poisoned my mind……