Tommy's in Canyon Country, CA had the nicest southwest chicken salad I ever did taste. I'm glad my culinary horizons were broadened in the USA because if I never left NZ, I'd be a chops, veges and potatoes kinda guy.
The best dressing for a salad in the whole wide Universe, is ranch and not just any old Paul Newman from Pak n Save ranch dressing, if you're going to do ranch, you have to do it right.
It's the only way.
A care package from Larry's mom last year held essential sachets for good ranch in NZ. 1 cup of cultured buttermilk (you can make it by adding vinegar to whole milk), 1 cup of mayonnaise and the sachet and you have yourself the best ranch dressing in NZ.
The Southwest Chicken Salad.
Romaine lettuce (cos), chicken, corn kernels, pico de gallo, BBQ Sauce & Ranch dressing. It also calls for black beans and cilantro/coriander, but I'm not a fan of either. I used Famous Dave's Devils Spit, which was too spicy. Any Hickory smoked BBQ sauce in Pak Save will work like magic.
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