Buffalo Chicken Salad (sort of) with Goat Cheese Dressing


I have moments where I definitely question my foodie status.   I hope I’m not shunned from the food community by mentioning these moments, but a few include a preference for milk chocolate over dark (though I like both),  liking truffles enough but not being blown away by them, hating cilantro except in incredibly small doses, and not eating blue cheeses.

Are you still with me? Phew.

I guess it goes without saying that I don’t really like blue cheese dressing.  Buffalo chicken salads usually come with blue cheese dressing (or the occasional ranch) so I never really order them in a restaurant. But, I was thinking that with the little leftover goat cheese & buttermilk I had in my fridge, I could take the concept of blue cheese dressing and apply it to a goat cheese dressing.  If you’ve read my blog at all, you know I have a major love of the goat cheese.

Now, a lot of blue cheese dressings are made with mayo, which I also despise. I decided to use some Greek yogurt instead. It’s still creamy but it’s better on my palate, and healthier, too. Besides the fact that I made goat cheese dressing insead of blue cheese, the reason I say “sort of” in my post title is because I think a buffalo chicken salad usually has things like carrots & celery and not much else, besides lettuce. I did use celery (no carrots), but I also used tomatoes and cucumbers.

Making buffalo sauce is incredibly easy. It’s just a mixture of a red pepper sauce (like Frank’s) and butter. The most common ratio seems to be 1:1 but I like spice (and, conveniently, am not that crazy about saturated fats) so I use more like a 2:1 or even 3:1 ratio. It’s really your preference. You just  need to heat those two ingredients to your liking in a small saucepan and then just slather on the cooked chicken (which, in this case, was seasoned very minimally with salt & pepper and just cooked stove-top with a little oil).

This was great! The cool, creamy, slightly tangy dressing paired well with the spicy buffalo chicken. Plus, I am all about minimal cooking in the summer.

Goat Cheese Dressing

Enough to dress 2 dinner-sized salads
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1 oz. softened goat cheese
2 Tbsp. lowfat buttermilk
3 Tbsp. fat free Greek yogurt
1/2 tsp. white wine vinegar
1 tsp. lemon juice
seal salt & freshly ground pepper

Combine all ingredients with a fork, breaking up the goat cheese to mix it in.

Nutrition Per Serving: Calories: 60 / Fat: 3.1g / Saturated Fat: 2.1g / Carbs: 2.2g / Protein: 5.5g

Buffalo Chicken Salad (sort of) with Goat Cheese Dressing