Houston’s Grilled Chicken Salad
One of my favorite things to do as a teenager was drive into Houston for shopping and lunch with my mom. We’d head to Rice Village to try on shoes and pretty dresses, mostly from the sales racks. Sometimes, if we weren’t ready to stop shopping and lunch was nowhere in sight, mom would ply me with a mocha frappuccino, a clever substitute for a meal in a pinch. I was about 14 when mom started realizing I tend to get a smidge edgy if I haven’t eaten in a few hours. Yes, edgy is the word I should be described as. Bitchy is just plain mean. Even if it is accurate.
One of our favorite places to reverse my mood swing was Houston’s restaurant, particularly for their Grilled Chicken Salad. It took moving across the country three times to realize this place was a chain. I just thought every city had a restaurant named after it and ours was particularly good.
Our favorite thing on the menu was always the Original Grilled Chicken Salad. Never had it? Well, to sum up, it smells of limes and tastes like heaven. Plus there are a bunch of crispy fried tortilla strips on the top which can confuse your brain and make you think you’re eating nachos instead of salad. Nothing wrong with that. I swiped this from the Secret Recipe blog, which recreates the ingredients in chain restaurant’s most popular dishes. If I was spending the day in Houston, I’d take my mom to Houston’s. But since we’re separated by a few states, the least I can do is send her the recipe.
Houston’s Original Grilled Chicken Salad
1 bag mixed salad greens
1 large carrot, julienne cut
2 grilled chicken breasts, sliced
thin tortilla strips
Lime Dressing Peanut Sauce:
1/2 cup lime juice 4 tbsp soy sauce
7 tbsp honey 4 tbsp hot water
4 tsp honey mustard 4 tbsp peanut butter
2 garlic cloves, minced 2 tsp sesame oil
tsp black pepper 1 tbsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp salt
In a small bowl, combine the lime dressing ingredients and mix well. In a large bowl, combine the salad greens, carrots, sliced chicken and tortilla strips (I baked mine). Pour the lime dressing over the salad and toss to combine. Transfer the salad to 4 salad plates. In another bowl, combine the ingredients for the peanut sauce and mix well. Drizzle each salad with the peanut sauce and serve.
Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms, grandmoms, soon-to-be moms, and want-to-be-moms. And a big Texas-sized hug to my lil’ mama, who means more to me than she’ll ever know.