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Chicken, Bacon and Avocado Chopped Salad

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This Chicken, Bacon and Avocado Chopped Salad is tossed with a simple red wine vinaigrette, and always tastes so fresh and delicious.

This Chicken, Bacon and Avocado Chopped Salad is tossed with a simple red wine vinaigrette, and tastes so fresh and delicious! |

I’m starting to believe that there are few things more wonderful in life than having the windows open.

Ever since the weather has warmed up these past few weeks, I’ve had a fresh breeze blowing through my house pretty much 24/7, and I’m convinced that it makes every single moment of the day all the more delightful. From getting out of bed in the morning, to trying to stay focused on work during the afternoon, to making dinner and doing dishes and hanging out in the evening, to falling fast asleep at night — there’s something about having fresh air fill the house again that just makes everything just feel noticeably more peaceful and lovely.

Spring, I’m so happy you’re back to stay.

This warmer season also has me craving all sorts of light and fresh meals. And the other day, I returned to a nostalgic favorite green salad of mine that I thought was worth sharing here again. It’s loaded up with so many of my faves — creamy avocado, tender chicken, crispy bacon, fresh greens, tangy blue cheese, ripe tomatoes, all tossed together with a simple red wine vinaigrette. It’s a fresh, flavorful, hearty entrée salad that I first shared here on the blog nearly a decade ago yet still love just as much to this day. So if you have yet to give it a try, I highly recommend it!

This Chicken, Bacon and Avocado Chopped Salad is made with the most delicious savory ingredients, including lots of blue cheese and a yummy red wine vinaigrette. |

This garlicky red wine vinaigrette is quick and easy to make, and tastes delicious on this chopped Italian salad! |

This Chopped Chicken, Bacon and Avocado Salad is one of my all-time favorite recipes! So easy and delish!! |

This Chicken, Bacon and Avocado Chopped Salad is tossed with a simple red wine vinaigrette, and tastes so fresh and delicious! |

This Chicken, Bacon and Avocado Chopped salad is one of my all-time favorite salads! Totally easy to make, and TOTALLY delicious. |

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Chicken, Bacon and Avocado Chopped Salad

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  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 -6 servings 1x


This Chicken, Bacon and Avocado Chopped Salad is tossed with a simple red wine vinaigrette, and always tastes so fresh and delicious.



Salad Ingredients:

  • 6 slices bacon, cooked and diced
  • 4 ounces crumbled blue cheese
  • 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1 head of Romaine lettuce (about 8 ounces), chopped
  • 1 large avocado, diced
  • 1 pound (about 23 cups) diced cooked chicken
  • half a small red onion, very thinly sliced

Red Wine Vinaigrette Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • pinch of fine sea salt and freshly-cracked black pepper


  1. Make the vinaigrette. Vigorously whisk all ingredients together in a mixing bowl (or shake together in a sealed jar) until completely emulsified.
  2. Toss the salad. Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Drizzle evenly with the vinaigrette, and toss gently to combine.
  3. Serve. Serve immediately and enjoy!

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161 comments on “Chicken, Bacon and Avocado Chopped Salad”

  1. Was excited to come across this on Pinterest. After living in many huge cities I chose to move back to Salina Kansas…a not so small town if you mosey out to our surrounding towns, we are just comfy and this salad is a favorite of our city. Thanks for mentioning us, and enjoy our salad!

  2. This is a delicious salad! 

  3. Delicious salad.Thanks for recipe.

  4. I was just in Salina, KS last weekend and had this salad at the restaurant! It was amazing and was searching for a recipe similar to it! Amazing my favorite food blogger has the recipe! Thanks Ali! 

  5. i absolutely loved this salad. I paired it with garlic bread and a glass of wine.

    • Thanks Rashawn, we’re happy to hear that, and that garlic bread and wine sound lovely! :)

  6. We have made this recipe many times and love it. 
    This recipe calls for 1.5 cups of olive oil. I made it this way the first time I made it, and we all felt so sick after eating it. Way too much oil!! Ever since, I use only 1/2 cup oil and it’s perfect. 

  7. Delicious! I added some roasted beets, cold and chopped which added some nice color and flavor. This recipe is a definite make again go-to! Thank you!

    • We’re glad you enjoyed it Janet! Those roasted beets sound like an amazing addition too! :)

  8. Was googling for chopped salad recipes. Didn’t expect to find one from my home town of Salina Kansas!! ?  I do love martinellis chopped salad. It is very popular here. Happy to have the recipe!  Thank you. 

  9. SO. GOOD!
    I cut the dressing recipe in half because I only wanted a small salad for myself, still MORE than enough! I added probably about a tablespoon of honey also because WOW that apple cider vinegar is tart! And added just a little shallot as well. 
    Instead of blue cheese I used a little shredded sharp cheddar and fresh shredded Parmesan. I also added shredded carrots. This is the BEST salad I have had in a loooong time. Thank you for sharing!!!!

  10. How long does the dressing keep? Thanks!

    • Hi Jen! The dressing should keep (in the fridge) for about a week. We hope you enjoy!

  11. In the recipe given. This is not the dressing that Martinellis uses. It’s creamier than a vinegarette

  12. This looks so delicious, Ali! I’m right there with ya on living the spring weather too. It’s the best!!

  13. YUM! Looks like the perfect salad for the warmer months coming up. Any salad with blue cheese is a winner IMO. 

  14. All my favorites in this salad, Ali! I need this for lunch! xo

  15. Do you have a basic recipe for shredded chicken? I’d love to make a large amount at the beginning of the week for easy bowls and salads. Thanks!

    • Hi Hana! We don’t at the moment, but we do have a slow cooker rotisserie chicken recipe (great for shredding)! We hope this helps. :)

  16. I completely agree with you. I love having the windows open! I feel so refreshed and productive when I can let in some fresh air. This salad looks so fresh and delicious–everything that Spring should be!

  17. What other vinegars would work if we don’t have red wine vinegar?

    Thank you!

    • Hi Caroline! You could definitely use white wine or champagne vinegar, white balsamic, or fresh lemon juice. We hope you enjoy!

  18. I can see how awesome spring is in this salad. Colorful healthy bowl

  19. I made this, it was so goooood!

  20. This is my favorite salad to make! It’s so good! Do you happen to have the nutritional information for it though? I’m trying to log everything I eat.

  21. This looks awesome! Can’t wait to try! I noticed your salad dressing has a difference olive oil ratio in this recipe than your Red Wine Vinaigrette? Is it just based on the ingredients you are paring it with in this salad? Or should I use 1/2 c EVOO? Thanks!

  22. I just found you and am in love with all your salad pictures. Your salads look huge though. Are the recipes created to serve 1 or more? If more, how many? Thinking about turning these recipes into Jar salads to make easy transfer to work.


  23. Loved this salad! Added an apple because I like apple. The vinaigrette had perfect kick. I will definitely be making this one again!

  24. Estou encantada com o seu site, fazia tempo que não encontrava receitas de qualidade e saudável.
    Sou arquiteta e amante de uma boa culinária e fiquei feliz em conhecer as suas receitas que de agora em diante farão parte do meu dia a dia.Obrigada.

  25. Love it ?

  26. I have eaten Chopped salad at Martinellis several times. We have since moved out of state and I am craving it. Is the Vinegar dressing a copy of theirs? I really crave it. I dont know how to copy it. The tastes are so wonderful Please reply