All Green Salad with Grilled Chicken – $5 Dinner Challenge

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on July 5, 2010

On Friday night we grilled chicken and kebabs and there was quite a bit leftover chicken. So I sliced it and added it to a salad, as I still had some of the $1 lettuce bags from last week’s trip. (We are now waiting for more lettuce leaves to grow in the garden after the first round of picking. I have been using a few leaves at a time for wraps or sandwiches too.)

As I went foraging for toppings for our dinner salad, I ended up with an all green salad.

Green Peas.

Green Granny Smith Apple.

Green Onion Slices.

Green Romaine lettuce.

Because I was adding apple to the salad, I thought a homemade apple vinaigrette was in order.

And guys…you should know that Steve really liked this!  I know what he was thinking when I put this salad in front of him, “A salad. Really? This isn’t man food.”

But here were the phrases that I heard uttered after the first bite, and every after every third bite that followed.

  • Whoa. This is good.
  • Hang on. This is really good.
  • Wow. I didn’t know a salad could be this good.
  • Honey, you out did yourself again. (He is easily pleased!)

So guys…give those salads a chance! (I think it was the dressing that got him this time.)

(Note: Recipe written below for 4 adults, even though our kiddos didn’t eat the lettuce…they had everything else.)


1 1/2 grilled chicken breasts, sliced or diced ($1.34) Perfect recipe to use up that batch grilled chicken
1 bag of Romaine lettuce ($1)
1 granny smith apple, chopped ($.25)
1 cup peas ($.40) Recent $.88/bag sale
2 green onion stalks, sliced ($.17) $.50/bunch sale this past week

1/4 cup oil ($.10)
1/4 cup white wine vinegar ($.20)
2 Tbsp apple juice ($.03)
1 tsp sugar ($.01)
1/2 tsp garlic salt ($.01)
Few dashes of pepper


Throw all ingredients onto a salad.

Shake dressing in a sealed container. Pour over salad.

And eat.

Cost $3.51

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Hope y’all had a superb July 4th weekend!!!


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Megan July 5, 2010 at 6:52 pm

Fajita night is much more affordable at home. My post also has a bonus tip on how to easily cut bell peppers.


The Downhome Diva (aka MrsD05) July 5, 2010 at 7:39 pm

I made BBQ grilled chicken wings, cole slaw, sliced tomatoes, corn on the cob, sliced peaches and sweet tea.

BBQ grilled chicken:
1 lb chicken wings- $1.69/lb.
homemade spice rub- $.10 (most of the ingredients were free or close to it for the whole bottle)
Kraft honey bbq sauce- free

coleslaw (1 serving- husband doesn’t eat)
bagged coleslaw mix & coleslaw dresssing- $.35 (on sale w/ coupon)

sliced tomatoes (1 serving- I don’t eat raw tomatoes- yuck!)
1/4 lb @ $.99/lb.= $.25

sliced peaches
1/2 lb @ $.87/lb.= $.44

sweet tea:
tea bags= free
sugar= $.15

Grand total: $2.98 for two servings and leftover chicken!


The Downhome Diva (aka MrsD05) July 6, 2010 at 12:06 pm

@The Downhome Diva (aka MrsD05), Duh. I can’t believe I forgot the corn! 2 ears of corn @ $.145/ear= $.29


The Downhome Diva (aka MrsD05) July 5, 2010 at 7:41 pm

Oh and 3/4 of a gallon of leftover sweet tea! Yum! :-)


Kristia@FamilyBalanceSheet July 5, 2010 at 8:55 pm

My husband always gets a little nervous when I put a salad in front of him for dinner too.

thanks for the carnival.


angie July 5, 2010 at 9:07 pm

SOunds great. I recently purchased your cookbook can’t wait for the new one to get on market. I have to tell you right no we are living on budget and your $5 dinner cookbook is very much helping us do that


Queen of the House July 6, 2010 at 11:23 am

Looks delicious! Thanks for hosting! :)


James July 6, 2010 at 4:39 pm

i love that you make your own dressing. i think this is the way to go…one you can make it healthier than store bought but also it can have more flavor as well.


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