Bacon Avocado Chicken Salad Recipe in a large bowl.
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Chicken Bacon Avocado Salad

This Chicken Bacon Avocado Salad recipe is packed with flavors and satisfying textures. It makes a healthy, filling lunch or dinner!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Main Course, Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: avocado salad
Servings: 4 - 6 servings (approximately)
Calories: 295kcal
Author: Jennifer Farley

Ingredients

For The Salad

  • 4 cups Boston Bibb Lettuce coarsely chopped (approximately 1 small head)
  • 2 grilled or poached chicken breasts, diced or sliced into strips (12-15 ounces)
  • 4 slices bacon, cooked, drained and diced (see notes)
  • 1 ripe but firm avocado, diced
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • 2 tablespoons shallots

For The Honey Mustard Dressing (store-bought dressing may be substituted)

  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Instructions

Prepare the Salad

  • In a large bowl, combine the lettuce, chicken, bacon, avocado, tomatoes and shallots, gently tossing to combine. (Note: If the avocado is overly ripe, you may want to hold off on adding it here so the pieces don’t disintegrate. Instead, add the avocado in after tossing the other ingredients with the honey mustard dressing).

Prepare the Dressing

  • In a small bowl, whisk together the honey, mustard, vinegar, and salt. Whisk in the olive oil until the dressing is smooth.
  • Add half or 2/3 of the dressing to the salad, tossing with the ingredients (don’t add all of it at once; you might not need the full amount). Taste the lettuce and add additional dressing if desired.
  • Leftover dressing can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight jar for up to 3 days. Re-whisk before using.

Notes

I like preparing bacon in the oven as opposed to on the stovetop. You can save prep time by purchasing pre-grilled chicken or using shredded rotisserie chicken without the skins. If you have a bit more time (and want to keep things more budget-friendly), here's an easy tutorial on how to poach chicken breasts.

Nutrition

Calories: 295kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 69mg | Sodium: 643mg | Potassium: 556mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 1600IU | Vitamin C: 6.9mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 1.2mg