Buffalo Chicken Salad: A Flavorful Meal Option

This delectable Buffalo Chicken Salad makes for a hearty lunch or a light dinner. With the fantastic buffalo flavor and the perfect ranch dressing, this recipe is a definite winner!

An overhead view reveals a tantalizing Buffalo Chicken Salad, drizzled with ranch dressing, presented in a large metal tray alongside blue cheese, wooden serving utensils, fresh dill, and a red and white napkin.

Navigating through approximately 84 days of school breaks this month (please don’t verify the math) has thrown me off track. I’m often unsure about which day of the week it is and what I should be doing. This situation has made it challenging to maintain a healthy diet, especially considering the copious amounts of butter I indulged in during December.

So, whether your kids have had just 37 days off this month or more, you might be in the same boat and ready for this incredible Buffalo Chicken Salad.

I could devour anything buffalo-flavored all day, every day, but it’s not always the healthiest option. Grab this recipe to savor your favorite buffalo taste while still adhering to those resolutions you made 61 days ago (no need to double-check the math, please).

Crafting the Perfect Buffalo Chicken for Salad

In this recipe, achieving the right balance of buffalo flavor is crucial. You want it to provide a zesty kick without overwhelming the entire dish.

Start by heating a small amount of olive oil in a pan, then sear the chicken tenders. Add buffalo sauce to the pan and cook for 5 minutes, covering it until the chicken is cooked through.

Preparing Romaine Lettuce for the Salad

Nathan assisted me in prepping this salad, and when I explained how I wanted the lettuce cut, he looked at me like I had grown four heads. That’s when we decided to provide step-by-step photos for you.

  1. Begin with a Romaine heart, cutting it lengthwise down the middle.
  2. Rotate it and cut it lengthwise in the opposite direction.
  3. Finally, cut it into strips widthwise.

A Note on Dill

This recipe calls for fresh dill, adding a delightful flavor to the dish. We plan to grow dill in our garden this summer to enjoy this salad all season long.

If you prefer not to buy fresh dill, you can skip it for the salad and use dried dill in the dressing (adjusting the quantity accordingly).

The Perfect Ranch Dressing

The highlight of this salad is the ranch dressing. The marriage of ranch and buffalo flavors is truly harmonious, with each contributing its unique strengths to the recipe.

While you can substitute store-bought ranch dressing, my homemade version consistently outshines the store-bought variety.


This recipe yields a generous amount of salad, enough to serve four adults for dinner. If you prefer, serve the dressing on the side for perfect leftovers for lunch the following day.

More Buffalo Recipes to Explore

For those who, like me, can’t get enough of buffalo-inspired dishes, here are some other fantastic dinner ideas:

  • Buffalo Chicken Enchiladas
  • Buffalo Chicken Baked Tacos
  • Buffalo Chicken Panini
  • Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Noodle Soup

More Delectable Salad Options

If your January requires more salads that can double as full meals, consider these options:

  • Roasted Beet Salad
  • Spinach Salad
  • Cherry and Corn Salad

If you decide to try this Buffalo Chicken Salad recipe or any of my other culinary creations, please leave a comment and share your feedback. Enjoy!

Buffalo Chicken Salad displayed on two stacked white plates, garnished with homemade ranch dressing, with the rest of the recipe in the background.

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