BBQ Chicken, Pear & Gorgonzola Salad

 Fresh greens topped with shredded BBQ chicken, sliced pears, chopped walnuts, and creamy Gorgonzola.

BBQ Chicken, Pear & Gorgonzola Salad - a great way to use up leftover chicken!

 Do you ever look around your house and wonder how in the world it got to be such a disaster?? I’m not talking a little clutter here and there…..I’m talking knock your socks off, bring you to tears, awe-inspiring DISASTER, like the kind I have going on at my house right now! If you want, we can blame my feelings on “nesting” (I’m sure that’s part of it) but the reality is there is a LOT of work to be done around here. And never enough time to do it!

BBQ Chicken, Pear & Gorgonzola Salad - a great way to use up leftover chicken!

 It’s funny…..before I started blogging, my house was MUCH cleaner than it is now. Because every time I found myself without something to do, I would clean! I used to love the instant gratification of it – the fact that I could start with a mess and end with a beautiful, cleaned up space. It always felt like such a great accomplishment. The only problem is that now I NEVER find myself without something to do…!

BBQ Chicken, Pear & Gorgonzola Salad - a great way to use up leftover chicken!

 Instead, I find myself with TOO much to do… naturally, keeping the house clean takes a back seat. Don’t get me wrong – I try to keep the main areas clean (I do the dishes and the laundry, sweep the floors, clean the bathrooms) – but it’s the nether regions that suffer. The laundry room, basement, and even now the bedrooms are in a SAD state. A state where you CRINGE when someone else sees it. A state where you don’t even really know where to begin, because it’s THAT BAD.

BBQ Chicken, Pear & Gorgonzola Salad - a great way to use up leftover chicken!

I actually had a little mini meltdown as I looked around at it all yesterday. Part of it is the change of seasons (swapping out clothes and shoes for 3 girls is NOT fun) and part of it is the fact that we had to clean out our guest room to make a nursery and part of it is the fact that we just had our basement drain tiles repaired and had to move everything away from one wall of the basement and part of it is just the way it is….. but I am convinced I need to devote a little time each day to the nether regions of my house. Before my mini meltdown turns into a full blown tantrum!

BBQ Chicken, Pear & Gorgonzola Salad - a great way to use up leftover chicken!

Yes, it is time to clean up and clear out here at our Lemon Tree Dwelling……(so if you see a little less of me, you’ll know why!) Speaking of cleaning up and clearing out, this salad is perfect for that mindset! It’s a great way of using up your leftover crockpot shredded chicken so you can clear out your fridge (another one of our nether regions) and the shredded chicken just happens to pair perfectly with the other simple, delicious ingredients. So in the midst of all your cleaning up (and mine) we can still treat ourselves to something delicious. And that makes everything just a little bit better.

  BBQ Chicken, Pear & Gorgonzola Salad - a great way to use up leftover chicken!

BBQ Chicken, Pear & Gorgonzola Salad
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  • 1 romaine lettuce heart
  • ½ c. BBQ shredded chicken
  • ½ pear, sliced
  • ¼ c. Gorgonzola cheese, crumbled
  • ¼ c. chopped walnuts
  • ⅓ c. olive oil
  • ⅓ c. cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. honey
  • 2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • ½ tsp. minced garlic
  • ¼ tsp. onion powder
  • ¼ tsp. rubbed sage
  1. Assemble salad by topping torn romaine lettuce with other ingredients and drizzling with dressing.
  1. Combine all ingredients in a small jar and shake vigorously to combine.


  1. Meaghan+Voigt says

    Cathy, this salad looks awesome! I feel the same way you do about clutter and chaos in my house! It is just always there. Even when I clean, I turn around and it’s a disaster again in minutes! I guess that’s just life! Fun makes messes!

  2. says

    This is seriously the most gorgeous salad EVER Cathy! And yes, as I look around my house right now I’m feeling I should step away from the computer and start cleaning…but I won’t :) Pinned!

  3. says

    Girl, you are preaching to the choir here! I long for those pre-blogging days when my house was immaculate. Not any more! There just aren’t enough hours in the day, and something’s gotta give. This salad looks seriously AMAZING! All my favorite things in one fabulous dish. Definitely pinning!

  4. says

    Wow Cathy, this is one incredible salad! I just love gorgonzola and pears together, but that bbq chicken really kicks it up a notch! I have totally resigned myself to the fact that this house will never really be clean again. On the surface, it’s fine, but I I just don’ t have the time for deep cleaning. I feel your pain!


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