We've been eating a lot of salads lately. Not only are salads a great way to incorporate veggies into our diet, but it's been crazy hot in Arizona and salads make a nice cool meal! It can get a bit boring having salad 3 times a week, so I'm always on the lookout for a new twist on a familiar favorite. The buffalo wing sauce used in this otherwise traditional Cobb Salad fits the bill and tastes delicious.
**a note about bleu cheese**
Bleu Cheese was traditionally made using bread as the starter and there was a question about whether or not it was gluten free. Many companies now use chemical starters for the cheese instead of bread, making the cheese free of contamination and safe for the gluten free world. However, there are some cheese makers that still use bread to make bleu cheese. Bleu Cheese tests have detected gluten at less than 1ppm (part per million). That's even smaller than itty bitty, but if you are super sensitive research some brands before you buy. And ALWAYS read the ingredients on salad dressings...or make your own using bleu cheese that you are comfortable with. That being said, my husband doesn't like bleu cheese so I used sharp cheddar cheese and gluten free ranch salad dressing instead!
Gluten Free Buffalo Chicken Cobb Salad
6 slices bacon, cooked until crisp and crumbled
1 large chicken breast, cooked & shredded (1 1/2 - 2 cups)
1/3 cup buffalo wing sauce (check ingredients)
1 head of your favorite lettuce, leaves torn
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese or 4 ounces bleu cheese crumbles
1 avocado, cut into cubes
1 large tomato, chopped
2 hard-boiled eggs, sliced
1/4 cup diced red onion
gluten free Ranch or Bleu Cheese salad dressing for serving
Toss the shredded chicken with the buffalo wing sauce. Cover four dinner plates or one large platter with the lettuce. Arrange the bacon, chicken, cheese, avocado, tomato, eggs and red onion in columns on top of the lettuce. Serve with your favorite gluten free dressing.