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Aug 14, 2011 05:40 AM

CPK bbq chicken salad

I am looking to replicate this salad for a group of 25 as part of a pot luck. Ingredients are no problem, but the dressing is the kicker.

I tried the recipe and it wasn't good at all or near it. Not sure about this one:

Anyone had any success with this?

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  1. Hi there. I'm not familiar with the salad, but do have the CPK Cookbook and am happy to paraphrase the dressing recipe for you if you tell me which one it is (and if it's included!). Would it be their Herb-Mustard Vinaigrette? Their only BBQ chicken recipe is a pizza, not a salad.

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    1. re: kattyeyes

      I didn't know CPK had a cookbook. Do you recommend it, kattyeyes?

      ETA: holy moly, per Amazon, they have THREE cookbooks. One for pizzas, one for soups and salads, and another "family" cookbook", although I don't know how that would be different than the other two in terms of content.


      1. re: The Dairy Queen

        I didn't know they had three! Mine is copyright 1996. I highly recommend their Chicken Tequila Fettucine recipe. Haven't made it in years, but remember it very fondly and really ought to make it again soon. If you'd like to give it a try, it appears verbatim here:

        Sad to say, I haven't made any of the recipes because I'm not much of a pizza maker. How this book compares to the others, this might help--first 77 pages are PIZZA, PIZZA, PIZZA. Last 9 pages are "Pasta, Soups, Salads and Sides," so if you're more into their soups and salads, the second book you mentioned would probably be a better bet. Will have to look into what their "family cookbook" is all about.

        1. re: kattyeyes

          Thanks for the recipe link. I will look into that one. It does sound delicious. I have fond memories of a corn tortilla soup or something along those lines. Since these books have been out awhile, maybe more recipes are floating around out there. Or I can pick up a cheap used copy.

          Note, it looks like the first book (probably the one you have kattyeyes?) is indexed on EYB:

          If a book is indexed on EYB, the more likely I am to buy it, because I know I'll be more likely to use it... I'm going to scan the listing of recipes right now!

          EDIT: yes! I think my soup is in there: Sedona white corn tortilla soup! And, now that I know the exact name to search on, here appears to be the recipe

          Thank you so much!


          1. re: The Dairy Queen

            My pleasure, TDQ! Yes, the book you linked to is the one I have. Their Sedona white corn tortilla soup was always a favorite of mine, too. Never made it, but now that you've reminded me, I'd really like to give it a try. Rainy days are good days for soup makin'!

            ETA: And I double-checked your allrecipes link against my book--they are one and the same. :)

            1. re: kattyeyes

              Thanks for double-checking the recipe. I'm glad I'm not the only one who liked that soup. My husband just grilled all of this week's CSA corn, but maybe I can try the soup with next week's! Thanks again,


      2. re: kattyeyes

        It's a ranch dressing. That would be wonderful.Thanks!

          1. re: toveggiegirl

            Ooh, I hope that's it 'cause there's no ranch dressing recipe in my book (sorry I didn't see your post till now). This is a match to toveggiegirl's link above (minus the changes the blogger made), so looks like you're good to go!

            1. re: kattyeyes

              Thanks Kattyeyes, odd they wouldn't post their dressing. The salad assembly and ingredients part is less of a guessing game. Most people want recipes for the dressings. It will be interesting to see whether or not I can get my hands on some jicama.

              1. re: itryalot

                I'm sure it's in one of their books, just not the one I have on hand which is predominantly pizza. ;) Not to worry, though, that's the beauty of so many recipes being online! Good luck with your pot luck!

                1. re: kattyeyes

                  Yes, online is great. The down side is that you also find a plethora of recipe postings claiming to be "the" recipe and they aren't!

            2. re: toveggiegirl

              That does look like it. Geesh there's a lot of ingredients. BUT, if I'm making it for a crowd, I don't mind mixing a larger batch. Thanks.

              1. re: itryalot

                Oh, I remember liking that salad. Let us know how it goes.


        1. This is a pot luck work lunch, so I need to prep as much at home as I can. Tell me, what is the "shelf life" of jicama after you purchase it? Should it remain in the fridge? Does it discolour once peeled and chopped? I really don't want to be dealing with that at work.

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          1. re: itryalot

            My grocery store sells already peeled and cut jicama. They serve it in a plastic container full of water. So, I suspect the water helps to keep it from discoloring.

            1. re: itryalot

              You can keep it in water or sprinkle it with lime juice. Keeping it in water in the fridge will keep it nice and extra crunchy. Cutting it up the night before would be fine.

            2. This claims to be the original:

              But you might also want to check out the nutrtition data before serving it. That is one unhealthy "salad."

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              1. re: JudiAU

                That's the one I chose to go with. I am changing some of it up. Chicken: bbqying more plainly with herbs and then adding BBQ sauce. Mayo = using olive oil mayo to cut sat fats. Then lightening up the other ingredients a little. I know it's not the healthiest, but ....maybe toasted tortillas rather than fried, but not as good.