BBQ Chicken Salad with “Fried” Onions

healthy easy bbq salad onions fried

Smoky BBQ sauce on top of roasted chicken, jicama, black beans, cheese, and faux fried onions- the coolest way to enjoy BBQ this summer!


  • 1 red onion, sliced into thin rings
  • ¼ cup dry instant potato flakes
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour*
  • Grapeseed oil spray
  • 8 cups mixed greens
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese**
  • 2 cups shredded, cooked chicken breast
  • 1 cup jicama sticks
  • 1 cup canned black beans, drained and rinsed
  • Your favorite BBQ sauce
  • Cilantro, for garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 450. In a bowl, toss onion rings with potato flakes and flour. Season
    with salt and pepper. Line a baking sheet with foil and spray with grapeseed oil. Spread
    onions out on baking sheet. Bake for about 20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes so the
    onions do not burn.
  2. To build salads, toss together mixed greens, shredded chicken, shredded cheese, jicama
    sticks, and black beans. Drizzle with BBQ sauce and top with “fried” onions. Garnish with


*To make this dish gluten-free, use gluten-free flour.
**To make this dish lactose-free, use almond or other dairy-free cheese.