Favorite Disney Movie EVER…don’t judge me…Ratatouille! Favorite scene… When he finds the mushroom and the cheese and he is valiantly trying to explain to his brother how the combinations of those flavors are going to be out of this world! In that moment I am totally identifying with a mouse! I completely get his passion for food! My mind is constantly thinking of food combinations and what I could create if I put this or that together. (I know, I know, I need a life!) However, I love it! I really get excited when what my mind thinks will be great..is! Which leads me to the introduction of this buffalo sticky finger blue cheese salad! It is…GREAT!
One of my all time foodie guilty pleasures is buffalo hot wings. I don’t generally even like spicy food but, put a plate of wings in front of me and I’m a goner! I also love salads…especially this time of year. I decided it was time to marry the two, or at least let them become BFF’s!
The star of this dish…the sticky fingers! To make the sticky fingers we are going to cheat because ain’t nobody got time for heating up the kitchen and frying off a bunch of chicken fingers! (whoops…just slipped into my “Minny” voice) I went to the deli at my local Big Blue “W” store and ordered some chicken strips. Yep, I sure did! Cheater, cheater…that’s me! Next I made the sauce.
You are going to mix brown sugar, water and Frank’s hot wing sauce together in a small sauce pan. Stir until it comes to a boil and then cook for 3-4 minutes until you have a nice thick syrupy sauce. Do NOT inhale directly over the pan unless your goal is to trim your nose hairs at the same time you’re cooking! Honestly the heat from the Frank’s could singe your eyebrows off!
Next you are going to dunk those chicken strips right into that amazing sticky gooey sauce!
That’s me dunkin’! Aren’t you impressed I remembered a picture? You should be…by now I was 3 hours past lunch and eating this dish was more important than camera shots! And. it’s. sticky. fingers. Hello? lol
Look at those beautiful sticky fingers! (Pssst…come in close…I’ll share a secret…these are JUST like Wingers wings! I’m not kidding!) So, you could stop right here and devour these, and lick your fingers for hours, or we can continue to finish the salad! Hmmm, what to do, what to do?Come on let’s finish the salad! We have to cancel out some guilt!
Let those cool off for a minute. While they are cooling finish up the salad prep!
Okay, here is another little “Norine’s” secret. I prep my foods all in one day so that I don’t have to stop and do it every time I cook. Since I don’t have a “Prep” chef lurking in my kitchen… I wash, clean, tear, spin and bag all my lettuce on Saturday. That way I can throw together a salad in no time flat during the week and the lettuce is perky and fresh, not all limp, wet, and watery. The secret is to put a paper towel in your zip lock bag and it will keep your lettuce fresh all week long!
So for this beautiful salad I used a handful of romaine, a handful of green leaf lettuce, and a handful of packaged coleslaw… (are you loving the EXACT measurements!). Next the diced celery. (Because we can’t have wings without celery!) Now some avocado. (Hail to the green Goddess of Yum!) Next sprinkle with blue cheese. You could use Feta if you aren’t a blue cheese fan or even cheddar. Personal preference. Now you want to cut up those sticky fingers into nice bite size chunks! Place them on top of the salad greens, and throw a few toasted croutons on top for crunch. Secret to a good salad is to have at least one crunch item in the ingredients.
Because this sauce is not over the top spicy hot, I decided I wanted that sweet buffalo sauce to shine through. I took a spoon and drizzled a tad on top of the salad. Between you and I…I think the “Green Goddess” enjoyed it! lol Doesn’t that look AMAZING! So simple. I threw the whole thing together in about 20 minutes.
The final touch was to drizzle it with Ranch dressing but, you could use blue cheese if you prefer.
I know this is not the world’s healthiest salad with the fried sticky fingers and the buttery croutons but…sometimes you just have to splurged. I will warn you…once you take a bite you can’t stop till the bowl is empty! It’s just simply “De-lish”! Enjoy! The printable is below! Let me know if you make this salad and what you think. I love, love, love feedback! It’s inspires me and makes me feel connected to you! Hang in there…we are almost to the weekend! Speaking of weekends…It’s time for the Friday Weekend Potluck over at My Sweet Little Bluebird and I’m sharing this gem with them! (Love the rhyme?)