Well lookie here… it’s one of my favorite things.

A salad without the vegetables. Can things BE any better?*

Yes. Yes they can. You can scoop your salad up with chips. Thin and crispy, authentic tortilla chips. Salty ones. Crunchy ones.

Or at least the remnants of salty and crunchy ones that sit in the bottom of the bag, ravaged and tired after someone’s hand spent the majority of it’s weekend deep down inside, just missing the crumbs.

This is the kind of salad you eat on a Monday. When you really want to continue eating things that you ate all weekend, like marshmallow fluff blizzards, bourbon floats, pork belly and giant breakfasts. It’s the kind of salad that you pretend will make you feel all lovely inside.

Actually. Wait. No. It’s the kind of salad that I pretend will make ME feel lovely inside. Your salad will probably have lots of green stuff and broccoli and celery and vegetables and stuff that normal people eat during the week. I wish I was you.

Instead, I’m me.

I have no idea what was up with me this weekend. To say I was a bottomless pit is a complete understatement. I could NOT get full. I felt like I was eating nonstop. There have been few moments in my life when I’ve felt the same and it seems to come on every few years or something. No matter how much I shoved down my throat, I wanted more. More more more! As I sat at the dining room table literally shoveling this salad into my mouth on tortilla chip boats, my husband was staring at me like what in the WORLD is going on. I managed to say through mouthfuls, “I just can’t get FULL. I don’t know what it is.” And then he said, “neither can I! I’m starving,” and proceeded to eat three cheeseburgers with a whole sweet potato.

Story of my life.


Summertime Grilled Corn, Chicken + Blueberry Chopped Salad with Honey Lime Vinaigrette

Yield: serves 2

Total Time: 15-35 minutes (depending on what cooked items you already have)


2 1/1 cups butter lettuce, chopped
2 ears grilled corn, cut off the cob
1/2 cup grape tomatoes, quartered
2/3 cup blueberries
2 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 grilled chicken breast, chopped
1 avocado, chopped
1/3 cup crumbled feta
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 limes, juiced
2 teaspoons honey
1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
2 teaspoons olive oil
tortilla chips for serving


n a large bowl, mix together lettuce, corn, chicken, avocado, blueberries, tomatoes, bacon and feta. Sprinkle with salt and pepper then toss thoroughly.

In a smaller bowl, whisk together lime juice, honey, olive oil and vinegar. Pour over salad, then toss once more. Serve with tortillas chips.

*I might have watched ten million episodes of Friends this weekend. No.Life.

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122 Responses to “Summertime Chopped Salad. (…with, uh… chips.)”

  1. #
    Ali @ Peaches and Football — August 6, 2012 @ 7:00 am

    That salad is beautiful. I love all the colors in it!! Avocado, blueberries, and bacon? Amazing

    I could go for one of those at lunch any day.


  2. #
    JulieD — August 6, 2012 @ 7:03 am

    I’m obsessed. I love this!!!


  3. #
    Jenny @ BAKE — August 6, 2012 @ 7:04 am

    This is all I want to eat in the entire world! I just looked from this to my sandwich and back again, then back at the sandwich with even more disgust! I think this will have to be my dinner tonight!


  4. #
    j3nn — August 6, 2012 @ 7:05 am

    I love all the different textures and colors! The way it’s all tossed together reminds me of my favorite finely chopped Cobb salad. The blueberries are a nice touch! :)


  5. #
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — August 6, 2012 @ 7:06 am

    This salad is soooo full of goodness. I’m in total love…for real.


  6. #
    Marci Johnson — August 6, 2012 @ 7:06 am

    The color and flavors look amazing. And eating salad with chips- best idea ever!!


  7. #
    Simply Life — August 6, 2012 @ 7:09 am

    ooh I am loving everything that’s thrown together in this bowl!


  8. #
    Heather (Heather's Dish) — August 6, 2012 @ 7:12 am

    I do love me a good veggie-less salad! Extra bacon please?


  9. #
    Kim@hungryhealthygirl — August 6, 2012 @ 7:24 am

    I love chips with my salad and a lot of times I use the crumbs at the bottom of the bag in place of croutons. BTW- I’m so with you on the Friends thing!


  10. #
    bridget {bake at 350} — August 6, 2012 @ 7:33 am

    Salad with chips?!? Oh, I’m in!


  11. #
    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — August 6, 2012 @ 7:41 am

    Your salad is gorgeous! I don’t know what it is about cutting fruits and veggies small but they look adorable and delicious! Your salad is perfect!!!


  12. #
    Mish @ Mish's Kithen — August 6, 2012 @ 7:49 am

    oh.my.heavens..that looks awesome. I love the combo of vinegar and honey. Love it!


  13. #
    Kim in MD — August 6, 2012 @ 8:01 am

    OMG- that is MY kind of salad! I don’t see the feta listed in the ingredient list, Jessica. About how much did you add?


    • Jessica — August 6th, 2012 @ 8:18 am

      Ah so sorry – 1/3 cup crumbled. Fixed it, thanks!


      • Kim in MD — August 6th, 2012 @ 10:01 am

        Great…thanks, Jessica!

  14. #
    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — August 6, 2012 @ 8:34 am

    There are so many awesome things going on in this salad!! I know exactly what you’re talking about with the can’t-get-full thing. Next time, try eating watermelon. Trust me, I’ve done it enough times to know that it can make you feel very, very full (and look very very pregnant…. have stretchy pants nearby!)


  15. #
    shelly (cookies and cups) — August 6, 2012 @ 8:37 am

    Salad likes to be eaten with chips. It told me so.


  16. #
    Jacqueline — August 6, 2012 @ 8:40 am

    These pictures are sooo pretty! Chips at the bottom of the bag are my favorite. So is cereal at the bottom of the bag. Yum.


  17. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — August 6, 2012 @ 8:41 am

    blueberries, corn, avocado…just those colors & flavors right there, make me very happy!


  18. #
    Ali @ Gimme Some Oven — August 6, 2012 @ 9:18 am

    Yum!!! So many of my favorite ingredients. Looks delish!


  19. #
    Katie — August 6, 2012 @ 9:23 am

    Yep, dinner this week.


  20. #
    Lynne @ 365 Days of Baking — August 6, 2012 @ 9:29 am

    Hmmmm…can’t get full…pregnant are we? It was a sure sign for me, that and I was peeing so much more than I usually did.
    LOVE the “…with uh,…chips in parenthesis!! You are awesome, girl!
    The colors and ingredients in this salad are perfect and yes, this is a great Monday salad.
    Ok, REALLY wanted a link to the Bourbon Floats. Where is it or maybe you’re saving it for a future post. ;-)
    Hugs and have a GREAT week!!


  21. #
    Kelly @ Laughter, Strength, and Food — August 6, 2012 @ 9:35 am

    It’s okay to watch a million episodes of Friends. Every. Day.


  22. #
    Madeleine @ Teenie Baker — August 6, 2012 @ 9:37 am

    Yum this looks amazing! Also, there have been many days when I have watched a million episodes of Friends. Best. Show. Ever.


  23. #
    Sam @ Better With Sprinkles — August 6, 2012 @ 9:45 am

    That looks amazing! I’ve been thinking I need a salad that the boyfriend would actually eat. Corn, chicken and bacon, served with chips – I think this would be the only salad to actually go over well with him.


  24. #
    joelle (on a pink typewriter) — August 6, 2012 @ 9:53 am

    This looks freakin’ amaaaazing and is exactly what I needed to see this morning! THIS may be dinner – gracias!


  25. #
    Aimee @ Simple Bites — August 6, 2012 @ 10:24 am

    Blueberries? Yes please.

    And is is just me, or does watching all those buff athletes on the Olympics make me hungrier??


  26. #
    janetha — August 6, 2012 @ 10:49 am



  27. #
    Stephanie — August 6, 2012 @ 11:06 am

    Chandler Bing! haha Beautiful salad. ^_^


  28. #
    Victoria — August 6, 2012 @ 11:06 am

    This is an awesome salad! I am so making this for dinner tonight!


  29. #
    Barbara Pendleton — August 6, 2012 @ 11:11 am

    WOW…this is beautiful! Looks delicious…


  30. #
    Elizabeth @ The Bare Midriff — August 6, 2012 @ 11:47 am

    “Friends” is my go-to background noise. They keep me company when I’m holed up in my house taking pictures of things like cucumbers and cats. No shame, my dear. No shame.


  31. #
    Erin @ The Food Doctors — August 6, 2012 @ 11:54 am

    Love it! Avocado + blueberries = PERFECTION.


  32. #
    Erin — August 6, 2012 @ 11:57 am

    I seriously wish I could hug you. I have 75 percent of these ingredients in my kitchen, and am heading straight to the grocery store when I get home to buy the rest. This looks freaking amazing. OMG.


  33. #
    Emily @ Life on Food — August 6, 2012 @ 12:10 pm

    I am dying for this to be my lunch right now. Everything in it looks so good, add the chips and I am sold!


  34. #
    Colette @ JFF — August 6, 2012 @ 12:28 pm

    Blueberries are a very cool addition. Salad looks tempting.


  35. #
    Morgan @ moments of mmm — August 6, 2012 @ 12:45 pm

    Love the fun addition of blueberries. Making this for lunch next week!

    And I totally feel you on the bottomless pit thing. Every once in a while, I just feel hungry ALL the time. And I know it’s not just a mental thing because my stomach NEVER stops burning. Maybe it’s a hormone thing? Who knows. Bodies are weird.


  36. #
    Michelle — August 6, 2012 @ 12:45 pm

    This is the perfect salad after a bottomless pit of a weekend. That’s my life every day.


  37. #
    Cait's Plate — August 6, 2012 @ 12:48 pm

    Um, we need to hang out. I own the entire series of Friends on DVD and pretty much watch it all. day. long. And I can get down with shoveling salad into my mouth with blue corn chips. Easily.

    Also – I HATE the endless hunger days. You know it’s bad when you feel like it’s interrupting your day because you need to take eating breaks. Haha.


  38. #
    Cassie — August 6, 2012 @ 1:07 pm

    I love Chandler. And this salad!


  39. #
    Mollie @Sprinkles of Life — August 6, 2012 @ 1:42 pm

    I just finally discovered the sauces at our frozen yogurt shops. What haven’t I been adding them since the beginning?!?!? LOVE the marshmallow and peanut butter sauce!


  40. #
    Joy — August 6, 2012 @ 2:01 pm

    YUM! I love summertime salads! And eating them with chips makes the experience even better! :)


  41. #
    Cupcake and Talk — August 6, 2012 @ 2:01 pm

    I love the salad, but I loved reading your post even more : ) My bag of chips is at its end, I’ll have to make this salad.


  42. #
    Amber — August 6, 2012 @ 2:01 pm

    Jessica do you have Juanitas tortilla chips wherever you live?? Because if you do, you need to buy them they will change your life. I promise.


  43. #
    Jane — August 6, 2012 @ 2:24 pm

    Oh–heavenly, heavenly, heavenly salad! This is my kind of food alright. I do exactly the same kind of thing with bits of leftover this and that from the weekend meals! Toss it all together into a big bowl and more often than not it’s miraculous. This is indeed a perfect Monday salad. It looks absolutely delicious. Love it!


  44. #
    The Meaning of Me — August 6, 2012 @ 2:30 pm

    This looks great. And you’re so right about the need for something like this on a Monday! :)


  45. #
    Robyn | Add a Pinch — August 6, 2012 @ 2:52 pm

    I think I could eat that chopped salad every single day during the summer! YUM!


  46. #
    Mal @ The Chic Geek — August 6, 2012 @ 3:02 pm

    Perfect summer meal, this looks fabulous!


  47. #
    Eileen — August 6, 2012 @ 3:06 pm

    That salad looks perfect–stuffed with everything you can get your hands on! I would also totally eat this with chips. Hey, what better way to shovel everything tasty into your mouth?


  48. #
    Destinie — August 6, 2012 @ 3:29 pm

    Remember the episode where they made fun of him for the way he talks!! Thats hilarious :)
    Beautiful salad by the way!


  49. #
    Dixie — August 6, 2012 @ 4:54 pm

    This is a gorgeous salad. I love a colorful food combo. It’s also full of some of my favorite summertime veggies. Yum!


  50. #
    Ellen @ Wannabe Health Nut — August 6, 2012 @ 5:12 pm

    I spy…something…GREEN! Good job, girl. ;) This looks delicious (and easy)—making it this weekend!



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