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”

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  1. You can just chop me up and add me right to this here dang salad.

  2. this is such a GORGEOUS salad, Ali!! I love how the colors just pop and I love everything in this dish. Chicken, bacon, avocado? I would eat the entire bowl and ask for seconds. This is a winner!

  3. This is gorgeous! I love a simple, seasonal salad!

  4. Is there a more delicious salad in the world? I vote no.

  5. Yep, love everything about this!

  6. What a gorgeous salad! I don’t even like a chopped salad but I’d eat this in a heartbeat!

  7. That does look crazy good! Pinning this!!

  8. Honestly, if I had to dream up the perfect salad it would look a heck of a lot like this. Love your vinaigrette, too. So amazing, Ali!

  9. Who cares if its italian? This salad looks amazing!

  10. This reminds me of the salad that I had at Panera Bread today and it’s so pretty too!

  11. I have a chopped salad on the menu for next week, but I’m thinking I need this one instead!!

  12. This is exactly the kind of salad I want to eat all summer long.

  13. I just love salads like this. These are ingredients that you can’t go wrong with, and they make such a satisfying salad!

  14. I love love love chopped salads like this!

  15. This is my kinda salad! We make chopped salads all the time and leave them in the fridge to snack I always find it easier to eat something bite sized? lol

  16. I love a good salad. Sometimes they are just more appealing than pasta!

  17. I *love* this salad Ali!! I’ve been eating a ton of BLT salads lately, and this is even better! PS – the colors in your photos are always so vibrant and gorgeous. Do you mind sharing what software you edit with?

  18. Just the right lunch to get me through my busy afternoons at work! Lovely bright photos as well, and beautiful styling as always.

  19. Ok, this is a real salad! Not on of the boring ones that makes me sad! Oh man do I want this for dinner!

  20. Yum, this is my kind of salad, packed full of awesome flavors!

  21. Bacon a nd chicken and avocado, what not to love. I lope you had a nice time on a friend’s wedding.

  22. This might just be the prettiest salad I’ve ever seen. Now to get it into my mouth!

  23. This salad is calling my name. It looks so fresh and inviting.

  24. I’m sure the restaurant that featured the salad that inspired this recipe would appreciate a nod in this post…you’d probably expect one if someone adapted a recipe from you.

  25. This looks delicious but do you have the nutritional values?

  26. This caught my eye when I was looking at a ziplist of this weeks featured recipes. I knew before I searched your site I was looking at a familiar favorite meal of mine. I live in Salina and frequent this place you speak of on a regular basis. Thank you for sharing the recipe. Hope you enjoyed your visit.

  27. I made a version of this a couple of weeks ago. Instead of blue cheese I used feta cheese. I also used fresh spinach and baby greens, with roma tomatoes, bacon, chopped avocado,chicken breast fresh off the grill, and added dried craisins, with fresh chopped up granny smith apples. Made a citrus dressing to go over it. My wife loved it.

  28. Definetly heading to the store to make this right now!! MMMM! <3

  29. I made this tonight and the dressing is fantastic. I think it enhances the blue cheese. Much better than store dressings!

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  36. I made this and it was amazing!!! thanks so much!

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  40. Glad you enjoyed your martinellis experience…..that is how we roll here ;)

  41. I saw this pin on pinterest and as soon as I saw the picture I thought, “OMG! That looks JUST like Martinellis chop salad!” When I linked to your blog and read that it was inspired by just that I was so excited to try making it myself. Thanks so much for posting!

  42. Mmmmm…this DOES sound heavenly. I think I just found tonight’s dinner. Thanks!

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  46. So this salad was amazing! I changed out the blue cheese and added feta (because I am not a huge fan), but I LOVED it!

  47. Just made this for dinner tonight and it was excellent! I was hesitant on the dressing because when I tested it first, it tasted bitter. But after adding it to the salad it was great! Thanks!

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