Buffalo Chicken Salad {Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Sugar-Free}

Buffalo Chicken Salad {Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Sugar-Free}

Craving something cool and crunchy with a little kick? This Buffalo Chicken Salad is the perfect thing. It makes for an easy lunch on a warm day.

Not Your Mama’s Buffalo Wings

If you’re like me, when people say buffalo wings images of saucy breaded wings enter your mind. This salad has the same flavors, but without the gluten, grains, or unhealthy fats. You can also control the level of spiciness depending on how much hot sauce you choose.

Choose Your Spice Level

I prefer a slight kick, but I don’t like my buffalo chicken salad burn-your-tongue hot. And since my little ones don’t appreciate the spiciness, I leave the hot sauce out of their portion of the salad dressing. If you overdo it and accidentally make it too spicy, then adding a little more yogurt will solve the problem.

The Best Lettuce for Salad

I usually do a blend of dark leafy greens for my salad. The darker greens are higher in nutrients than something like iceberg lettuce. However, for this salad I prefer romaine lettuce. It’s cooling and crunchier than the darker greens because it has a higher water content. On a hot summer day, foods like crunchy lettuce and melons help us stay hydrated!

Healthy Fats

I mentioned that this recipe doesn’t contain wings fried in unhealthy cooking oil. That doesn’t mean it’s entirely fat-free though. Healthy fats are essential and this salad features an array.

Wildly Organic Pumpkin Seeds provide omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids, polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats. They’re also high in zinc, magnesium, iron, manganese, and other nutrients. Wildly Organic Sunflower Seeds are high in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, selenium, manganese, phosphorous, vitamin E, and B vitamins.

That’s not even mentioning the nourishing olive oil and MCT oil from coconuts in the Wildly Organic Mayonnaise.

Have a Variety

I’ve included a fairly wide variety of veggies in this recipe. I like how the different flavors blend together and I’m getting a wider variety of nutrients. If you don’t have a specific ingredient though, don’t sweat it. You can substitute whatever vegetables you have on hand.

More Summer Salads you’re bound to LOVE:

Buffalo Chicken Salad
This refreshing salad tastes like buffalo wings with blue cheese ranch dressing, but with a healthy twist. This Buffalo Chicken Salad is gluten-free, grain-free, and sugar-free!
    Servings2 people
    Prep Time10 minutes
    Buffalo ranch dressing
    Buffalo Ranch Dressing
    1. Combine all of the ingredients together and whisk until smooth. Start with the lesser amount of hot sauce and adjust to taste.
    Buffalo Chicken Salad
    1. Combine all ingredients except the chicken breast and bacon into a large bowl. Cover with dressing and toss to coat. Reserve some of the dressing for later.
    2. Divide the salad mixture between 2 bowls.
    3. Put the chicken and bacon (if using) on top of the lettuce. Drizzle the top with the leftover dressing.
    Recipe Notes

    You can also use leftover chicken in this recipe. I often use shredded chicken from a leftover rotisserie chicken.

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