May 22, 2020

Chicken Bacon Avocado Chopped Salad

A yummy chicken, bacon, avocado chopped salad with the most delicious honey mustard dressing. This easy recipe is made from wholesome real food ingredients and comes together quickly. It makes the perfect lunch or dinner and is gluten-free, dairy-free, and Paleo-friendly.

chicken, bacon, avocado, tomatoes, romaine lettuce, and green onions in a glass mixing bowl with honey mustard dressing

Chicken Bacon Avocado Chopped Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing

Salads do not get the love they deserve, in my personal opinion. I mean, I get it. On the surface, a salad may not seem to be as exciting as a chocolate chip cookie or blueberry pie bars, but do not give up on them just yet. A salad with the right ingredients and a creamy dressing to tie everything together is just as praise-worthy as everyone’s favorite dessert.

This chicken, bacon, avocado chopped salad is one of those magic salads that somehow manages to not only taste great but also won’t leave you feeling hungry an hour after you eat it. It is packed with protein, healthy fats, and fresh veggies, and the creamy honey mustard dressing will keep you coming back for more.

Not only is this salad delicious, it is so easy and comes together in only around thirty minutes, making it the perfect recipe to keep on hand when you need a quick weeknight dinner option. Made from simple real food ingredients, this salad is naturally gluten-free, dairy-free, and Paleo-friendly.

Chopped Salad Ingredients

chicken, bacon, green onion, tomato, and avocado in a glass mixing bowl

Romaine Lettuce: Romaine lettuce is the perfect choice of lettuce for this salad. It is hearty yet tender which makes it a great base for the avocado, chicken, and bacon.

Avocado: Make sure you avocado is ripe but not overly ripe. You don’t want it to fall apart and turn into mush when you toss the salad.

Tomatoes: Grape or cherry tomatoes work best in this salad. I love using heirloom cherry tomatoes for even more bright color and flavor.

Green Onion: Green onions have a much milder flavor than white or red onion which make them a great choice to toss in salads.

Bacon: Bacon adds just the right touch of smoky flavor and pairs really well with the honey mustard dressing. When buying bacon, look for a brand that is uncured and nitrate free.

Chicken Breast: Boneless, skinless chicken breast is always my chicken of choice in hearty salads like this one. It packs in the protein and easily takes on the flavor of whatever seasonings you use.

How to Make Chicken, Bacon, Avocado Chopped Salad

bacon, avocado, tomato, green onion, and romaine lettuce in glass mixing bowl

This hearty salad is super easy to make and comes together quickly, too!

Step One: First, make the bacon. To do this, use a sharp knife to cut the bacon into strips and then add it to a skillet or cast iron pan. Cook the bacon until crisp and then use a slotted spoon to remove it from the pan. Let it drain on paper towels to remove any excess grease.

Step Two: Next, make the chicken breast. Season each chicken breast liberally with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and paprika. Add 1 tablespoon of olive or avocado oil to a pan heated over medium heat. Add the chicken breasts to the hot pan and cook for 6-8 minutes on each side until the chicken is browned and fully cooked. Then, remove it from the pan to cool.

Step Three: While the chicken is cooking, prep the veggies. Chop the romaine lettuce, slice the tomatoes, dice the avocado, and slice the green onion. Add everything to a large mixing bowl. You can also use this time to make the honey mustard dressing.

Step Four: Now it is time to finish the salad! Dice the chicken breast into bite-sized pieces and add it to the mixing bowl. Then, add the bacon strips. Next, drizzle a few tablespoons of dressing over the salad. Use a pair of kitchen tongs to toss the salad until well combined and then plate in individual bowls. Feel free to add a little extra salt, pepper, or salad dressing to your salad before you eat and enjoy!

Can You Add More Veggies to the Salad? 

Yes! This salad tastes great as is, but you can always add a few different veggies to customize it even more. Adding additional fresh veggies is a great way to make this salad even heartier and boost the nutrient content.

Here are a few specific veggies that I think would work particularly well with the flavors in this salad: 

  • Corn (grilled corn would be particularly delicious)
  • Cucumber
  • Marinated artichoke Hearts
  • Shredded carrots
  • Thinly shredded cabbage

Feel free to get creative here and use whatever veggies you love or have on hand and make this salad your own!

How to Make the Creamy Honey Mustard Dressing 

honey mustard dressing on a silver spoon

Any great salad has a really good dressing and the creamy honey mustard dressing that goes along with this salad is absolutely delicious. The dressing is made from a combination of olive oil, apple cider vinegar, whole grain mustard, and honey. You will likely have a bit of extra dressing when you make this recipe which, trust me, is not a bad thing.

Step One: Add the olive oil, apple cider vinegar, honey, lemon juice, whole grain mustard, minced garlic, salt, and pepper to a blender or bowl of a food processor. For the best results, mince the garlic before adding it to the food processor or blender. Otherwise, you might end up with large chunks of garlic in your dressing.

Step Two: Blend the dressing until smooth and creamy. Give the dressing a taste and adjust the salt or sweetness based on your tastebuds.

Step Three: Store the dressing in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Do You Have to Use Honey for the Dressing? 

If you don’t have honey on hand, or just don’t like the flavor of honey, you can use maple syrup to sweeten the dressing instead and it will taste great. You could also try using softened medjool dates to sweeten the dressing if you are doing a Whole30 and need to keep this recipe Whole30 compliant.

If you want to decrease the amount of honey you use in the dressing overall, you can add one to two tablespoons of honey to start and then work your way up from there. Just keep giving the dressing a taste as you are making it and adjust as needed.

chicken, bacon, avocado, tomatoes, green onion, and honey mustard dressing in a glass mixing bowl

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Chicken Bacon Avocado Chopped Salad

  • Author: Ashlea Carver
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free
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  • Author: Ashlea Carver
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Ingredients

  • 4 slices bacon
  • 1 tablespoon avocado or olive oil
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast (about 2 chicken breasts)
  • paprika
  • garlic powder
  • salt and pepper
  • 6 cups chopped romaine lettuce
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1 cup halved cherry or grape tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup sliced green onion

For the Honey Mustard Dressing

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons whole grain mustard
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Method

  1. Use a sharp knife to slice the bacon into strips. Add the bacon to a pan heated over medium heat. Cook the bacon until crisp and then use a slotted spoon to remove it from the pan. Let it drain on paper towels to remove any excess grease.
  2. Season each chicken breast liberally with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and paprika. Add 1 tablespoon of olive or avocado oil to a pan heated over medium heat. Add the chicken breasts to the hot pan and cook for 6-8 minutes on each side until the chicken is browned and fully cooked. Remove the chicken from the pan and let cool.
  3. Chop the romaine lettuce, slice the tomatoes, dice the avocado, and slice the green onion. Add everything to a large mixing bowl.
  4. Make the honey mustard dressing by adding all of the dressing ingredients to a food processor or high-powered blender. Blend until creamy and smooth.
  5. Dice the chicken breast into bite-sized pieces and add it to the mixing bowl. Then, add the bacon strips.
  6. Drizzle a few tablespoons of dressing over the salad and use a pair of kitchen tongs to toss the salad until well combined.
  7. Serve with extra dressing, salt, and pepper on the side and enjoy!

Keywords: chicken bacon avocado salad, salad, chicken salad, honey mustard dressing

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    20 comments
  1. This is an awesome salad, especially for summer! I used rotisserie chicken and cooked the bacon in the microwave to make it a low-cook meal for a hot summer day. The crispy bacon paired wonderfully with the creamy avocado. The honey mustard dressing is my new go-to!

  2. So delicious! This salad is ridiculously good and so filling! It could easily work as a light supper, especially if you , like me, keep BBQ’d chicken breast in the fridge for those days when you don’t feel like cooking. The dressing is light and it makes a lot, so you can enjoy it on another salad another day. I can’t say enough good things about this one.

  3. Love this salad! We made it without the chicken because we didn’t have any on hand and this made a great side dish! We will make this a regular staple in our home.

  4. This salad was soo good and easy to make! I love all the alternatives you offered, particularly loved the chicken seasoning. I even used canned chicken from Costco and it turned out super yummy (hahah thanks for helping me use up the canned chicken 😅). Yum yum!

  5. I made this for lunch and it is so easy! I subbed the protein for 2 hard boiled eggs for a little bit of a lighter lunch but still completely satisfying! LOVE the dressing!!

  6. I just made this for dinner and it was DELICIOUS. Added a cucumber cuz I had one lying around. Will make again!!

  7. Wow wow wow – I loved this salad! The dressing was incredible! We added on goat cheese, artichokes and bell pepper. Awesome week night meal!

  8. Couldn’t recommend this salad more! It’s going to be one of our new lunch (even dinner!) staples. So easy to prep and super refreshing. I used a Dijon mustard for the vinaigrette as it’s what I had in the fridge and it worked great!!

  9. Love love LOVE these wings. The recipe is fool proof and it comes out fabulous every time. I could drink the sauce, but I won’t because that would be weird. So delicious, though! 10/10 highly recommend!!

    • Okay so sorry, thought it was commenting on the Hawaiian wings recipe! This salad is next on my list, though!! 😂😬🤦🏻‍♀️

  10. Aside from me, most of my family isn’t really into salads but this was a hit, with 2 of the 3 (I give up on trying to please them all). The dressing is delish and the avocado gives it a nice richness. I cheated on the bacon and used the crumbles. I’ll take the time to cook it myself next time.

  11. We had this for dinner tonight and loved it! The flavors are perfect, and the dressing was delicious. It’s a filling and tasty salad—especially for the summer! We will definitely make it again. Thank you!!

  12. This recipe was amazing! My husband (notorious for unhealthy eating) LOVED IT! He told me to add it to our usual rotation. Thank you! ❤️

  13. I made this salad almost immediately after Ashlea posted the recipe! We had it Memorial Day weekend for a cookout and it did not disappoint. I had a little leftover dressing and used it on other salads throughout the week, too! It was delicious, easy and full of flavor. Thank you!

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