bandera’s macho salad.
But it’s oh so good.
One of our favorite restaurants is Hillstone’s Bandera, where I’m pretty sure every 3rd customer to the restaurant orders the Macho Salad. There is some lettuce hidden under all those amazing toppings – rotisserie chicken, avocado, dates, almonds, goat cheese, cornbread croutons…and I thought I would try to make it at home and save myself $15.
Here’s what I learned…
This one really was a grand experiment, start to finish. And ultimately I decided that, with all the extra ingredients, the chopping, the cornbread crouton-making, the shattered glass in my sink (see below) and finally, the calories…it might just be worth heading on over and ordering up a salad for yourself. Unless you’re not near a Bandera…in which case just go for it and try making it at home.
But in the end this salad is over the top amazing. Just trust me. Ah-mazing.
Bandera’s Macho Salad
What You’ll Need:
6 cups chopped romaine or butter lettuce
1.5 pounds shredded cooked chicken breast
1 avocado, chopped
4 ounces goat cheese, crumbled
2 roma tomatoes, sliced into wedges
1/2 cup chopped roasted almonds
1 cup (or more!) cornbread croutons (cube leftover cornbread, brush with butter or olive oil and bake at 400 until golden)
1 cup corn
16 dates, sliced
For the dressing:
2 tablespoons dijon mustard
juice from 1 lemon
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon fresh black pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon dried basil
1/3 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
Combine all salad ingredients in a large bowl.
Whisk together dressing ingredients. Toss with salad.
TOTAL: $12.25 or $3.05 per serving.
Wondering how on earth I arrived at these costs? Take a look at my shopping guide to show see what I pay for items, per serving, etc.
yes, this is a salad and not a hamburger with fries…don’t hate me.
843 calories per serving
57 grams of fat
45 grams protein
10 grams fiber