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Chicken, Bacon and Avocado Chopped Salad

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This Chicken, Bacon and Avocado Chopped Salad is packed with some of my favorite savory flavors, tossed with a simple red wine vinaigrette, and 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.

Ah, Spring.

I’m so happy you’re back to stay.

This warmer season also has me craving all sorts of light and fresh meals galore lately, which also feels so good. And the other day, I returned to an old favorite recipe from the blog that I couldn’t resist sharing with you again. Well, I should probably be honest and say that — being loaded up with bacon and blue cheese and avocado — this salad may not particularly be on the “light” side. But it does taste incredibly fresh and delicious, and totally counts as a spring salad in my book. ?

This Chicken, Bacon and Avocado Chopped salad is easy to make, and topped with a yummy red wine vinaigrette. |

As some of you might remember, I actually first shared this recipe (and the photo above!) on the blog back in 2013. The inspiration for it came from a cute little Italian restaurant called Martinelli’s, located in small-town Salina, Kansas, where one of my college friends had her wedding. Our old band had reunited that weekend to do the music for the ceremony. And after a full morning of rehearsing, we slipped out for a long lunch to hang out and catch up on the decade of life that had passed since our wedding. I still remember the conversations and laughter from that day — picking right back up where we had left off, cracking up at the same old jokes, rehashing our favorite college stories, and just generally enjoying this excuse to all be back in the same place again. And of course, I still remember the meal, because it was the salad that inspired this very recipe.

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. |

The salad itself is really pretty simple. Just lots of chopped chicken, bacon, avocado, Romaine and onion (they used green onion, but I prefer red). Plus a generous serving of crumbled blue cheese (yesss). And then it was all tossed in a house vinaigrette.This garlicky red wine vinaigrette is quick and easy to make, and tastes delicious on this chopped Italian salad! |

I’ve dressed my version with various vinaigrettes over the years, but this easy red wine vinaigrette is my usual fave.
This Chopped Chicken, Bacon and Avocado Salad is one of my all-time favorite recipes! So easy and delish!! |

The flavors are all totally fresh and savory…and totally delicious.

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

I really love the salad nice and chopped, but you’re welcome to serve everything in larger slices and bites if you’d like.

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

I can just assure you that if you’re looking for a delicious fresh salad this spring, it’ll totally hit the spot.

Especially enjoyed next to some open windows. ;)

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Chicken, Bacon and Avocado Chopped Salad

  • 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 full of some of my favorite savory ingredients, and tossed with a delicious red wine vinaigrette.



Salad Ingredients:

  • 1 head of Romaine lettuce, chopped (about 56 cups)
  • 4 slices bacon, cooked and diced
  • 2 cups diced (or shredded) cooked chicken
  • 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes (or diced Roma tomatoes)
  • 1/2 cup diced red onion
  • 4 ounces blue cheese, crumbled
  • 1 avocado, peeled, pitted and diced
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinaigrette (see recipe below)

Red Wine Vinaigrette Ingredients:

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


To Make The Salad:

  1. Combine the lettuce, bacon, chicken, tomatoes, red onion, blue cheese and avocado together in a large mixing bowl.  Drizzle evenly with the vinaigrette, and toss to combine.
  2. Serve immediately.

To Make The Vinaigrette:

  1. Whisk all ingredients together until combined.


Recipe inspired by Martinelli’s Little Italy restaurant, and updated in March 2017.

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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