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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  4. Excellent for lunch or dinner! btw, I really love your pictures, thank you for sharing <3

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  9. Looks super scrumptious! Perfect salad for the new year! :)

  10. I meant blue not cottage

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  17. I always order this type of salad when I’m out to lunch, I forget how easy it is to make at home, thanks for the reminder and the delicious recipe! I featured your recipe in my latest weekly meal plan on my blog, thank you!

  18. Loved this salad. The combination of ingredients with the dressing was spot on. Will be making again and again since chicken is always in the frig.

  19. I would died if I try it… It looks so delicious!!!

  20. Holy cow!! What a small world! As a Salina transplant, I have eaten that salad at THAT exact restaurant many many times. It is, by far, the best thing on the menu. :) Thank you for the recreation.

    When I saw the name of the recipe (from Pinterest) I immediately thought of the Chop salad from Martinelli’s. I was happily surprised when I opened the link to find that it actually WAS the salad from Martinelli’s. I will definitely be making this! I have high hopes, but will try not to be too judgemental if it doesn’t taste exactly the same. :) Thanks for sharing!! It looks spot-on, which of course translates to “Freakin’ Amazing!!”

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  26. Do you know how many servings this recipe is? I need to be able to feed 12 people and this will be it for the luncheon.

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  34. Followed the pinterest pin because it looked exactly like the Martinelli’s salad from my home town. Lo and behold, it was your inspired recreation from there! Such a small world. I adoooore this salad and have been known to destroy a large pan of it. Nomnomnom

  35. This salad is absolutely beautiful! Can’t wait to try because it has my favorite thing, bacon, in it! Looking forward to that are trying your dressing on some other salads!

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  38. This salad was so fantastic! I totally loved it! Thank you!

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  43. Have you ever heard this called Cobb salad. It has these exact ingredient and has been served for years. If you’ve just discovered it good for you. Its been a delicious
     staple of my diet for years.

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  48. This sounds amazing.  Salad ingredients are great, but the amount of olive oil is crazy high in calories at 120 cal per TBLSP (my trainer would kill me).  Any suggestions on how to modify yet still make it tasty?  

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  50. 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!