This is easily our favourite salad! We used to eat it at Applebee's all the time and found this copycat recipe and make it at home once a month. I didn't find it expensive like another user because I have tequila at home at all times (we have a margarita maker), so other than the chicken I think it's a relatively cheap meal at home. I leave out the vinegar and garlic powder because it tastes better without it and we buy the PC Salsa Ranch dressing to put on it instead of mixing the pico de gallo with the ranch dressing. I'd rather put heaping fulls of the pico on top of the salad. My husband is cooking the chicken on the BBQ right now for our salad as I type this out. Looking forward to the best salad there is!
I am overriding the boys and giving this 5 stars. They wanted to give 4 (yummy, a favorite, but not addictive). They pointed out that I spent over $30 on the ingredients for this - and that's the ones I didn't have on hand. Therefore it's not very frugal (one of my pet peeves. BUT it is soooooo good! They do agree that the marinade alone would be worth 5 stars - plate licking good! - but they thought it needed more spice (we live in Texas, and they could live on jalapenos alone). So if you don't mind splurging on ingredients, and you aren't into freakishly high levels of heat in your food - you have got to try this salad! YUM!
This was so good. I cooked the chicken the night before and then stored it separately. It made a great treat for my brown bag lunch.