ml's Susannah Locketti: This wedge has edge!
Making salads can be time-consuming if you spend all your time chopping. That's why I simply cored and wedged a head of iceburg lettuce and plated it up pretty with some precooked chicken, tomatoes, crispy bacon, hard-boiled eggs and a yummy drizzle of lightened up Parmesan Peppercorn dressing. This salad is perfect for those hectic weekdays ... just serve it with a hearty multigrain roll and call it a night!
Easy Chicken, Bacon & Egg Wedge Salad
Recipe courtesy Susannah Locketti
1 head iceberg lettuce, cored and cut into four wedges
1 package Perdue Shortcuts chicken
4 tomatoes, cut into wedges
4 hard-boiled eggs, halved
4 oz. bacon, cut into 3" pieces
1/2 cup Ken's Healthy Options Parmesan Peppercorn dressing
Salt and pepper to taste
Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Cut 1/4 off the end of a pound of bacon to form small pieces for easier cooking. Separate and brown the bacon pieces. Meanwhile, set out four dinner plates and put a wedge of iceberg lettuce in the center of each. Evenly divide the chicken, tomato wedges and eggs on each of the four plates. Drizzle the dressing evenly over the salads and garnish with the crispy bacon when done. Season to taste with salt and paper.
Susannah's Money- & Time-Saving Sense:
Using two sources of protein saves money and time in this recipe. Precooked chicken is ready to go, and hard-boiled eggs (left over from the Easter holiday!) add protein, save you money and eliminate waste.
I couldn't resist the addition of bacon in this recipe, because it was on sale for under $2! I only used a quarter of the bacon by creatively snipping it off the end. This also speeds up cooking time! (You should freeze the remainder to stretch it for a few more recipes down the road.) Normally, bacon is about $4 per pound, so this was a great way to add indulgent flavor and texture at a huge savings. (Not to mention that I have 3/4 lb. left over!)
The yummy dressing was on sale for only $1, and I also got a four-pack of tomatoes on sale for only $1.50. Another great way to save on produce is to check out the discounted imperfect produce rack at your grocery store. Usually there is just a slight blemish to it, which can be easily removed with a knife -- and you save off the regular produce price.
Prepping the salad while the bacon cooks is a great way to save time. Coring the lettuce and wedging or halving the remaining ingredients is also a creative timesaver, without sacrificing presentation.
Any leftover veggie or salad dressing you have on hand would work well here.
Lettuce -- $1.99
Shortcut chicken -- $2.99
Tomatoes -- $1.50 on sale
Hard-boiled eggs -- Free (on hand)
Bacon -- $1.99 on sale
Dressing -- $1.00 on sale
Total Cost: $9.47
|Susannah Locketti is an on-air chef and lifestyles personality discovered by the Food Network. Susannah is a mother of two boys who specializes in low-cost approaches to food and home. She is currently working on her first cookbook.|
Copyright 2010 by Susannah Locketti