Bacon Chicken Chopped Salad with Smoky Cilantro Avocado Dressing

In this Bacon Chicken Chopped Salad everything that is delicious chopped up and added to a salad and smothered in a smoky cilantro avocado dressing.

This salad is one beautiful, colorful and delicious mess. And it may just blow your mind.

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There is little-to-no guilt where this salad is concerned. I mean sure, there’s bacon and cheddar… but that’s like protein and dairy *wink* which are all parts of the food pyramid. There’s also grilled chicken, tomatoes, bell peppers, grilled corn, green and red onions. This salad is a meal. Oh and if you’re into a little spice then sliced jalapeno is the way to go. All these super colorful and healthy toppings mixed with chopped romaine lettuce and tossed with a luscious avocado dressing. See? Like I said, nothing to feel bad about. Riiiiiight? I think not.

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I made this salad for dinner one night on a whim and instantly wish I blogged it. The only thing I didn’t do was make the avocado dressing. Like I said, it was just on a whim so I used what I had on hand and in the fridge was ranch. We all agreed it was missing a little somethin-somethin.

So I thought about it and thought about it and I finally came to the conclusion that this salad needed avocado. So this time I made a smoky, cilantro-y, avocado-y dressing. Yeah, I wasn’t prepared AT ALL for the incredible flavor amazingness.  There is something about the combination of bacon and avocado that I just love so much. And if you can imagine tossing it all with grilled chicken, corn and allthevegetables, you can expect your taste buds to be blown away.

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In your mini food processor, throw the cilantro and garlic clove.

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Pulse until coarsely chopped.

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Slice open two medium avocados and cut a lime in half.

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Scrape out the flesh of the avo…

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And add it to the cilantro and garlic.

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Add in the kosher salt and chipotle powder…

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And squeeze in the half of a lime.

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With the processor on, pour in the avocado oil…

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…and thin out with about 1/4 to 1/2 cup of water.

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And just like that you have an amazing avocado dressing.

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This stuff almost steals the show. Almost.

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And then there is allthetoppings. And bacon.

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Toss those beauts with chopped romaine leaves, cheddar cheese and sliced jalapeno, if that’s your thing.

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Plate it up and top with the avocado dressing.

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Toss it all around, grab a fork and finally… dig on in.

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YOU. Will. Love. This.

Enjoy!

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Chicken + Bacon Chopped Salad with Smoky Cilantro Avocado Dressing

Everything delicious chopped up and added to a salad and smothered in a smoky cilantro avocado dressing.

Yield: 4 to 6 entree salads

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: about 30 minutes

Ingredients:

FOR THE DRESSING:

1 clove fresh Garlic

1/3 cup Cilantro leaves

2 medium Avocados

1/2 a lime, juice

1/2 teaspoon Kosher Salt

1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon ground Chipotle Powder

3 tablespoons Avocado Oil (or a good olive oil will work)

1/4-1/2 cup water (as desired)

FOR THE SALAD:

1 large head of Romaine Lettuce, chopped small

1 recipe Grilled Chipotle Cumin Chicken, cooled and chopped

6 strips slab Applewood Bacon, cooked until crispy and chopped

1 cup Cherry Tomato Halves

1/2 cup diced Orange Bell Pepper

2 small ears Yellow Corn, grilled

4 green onions, sliced (dark parts only)

1/4 cup finely diced Red Onion

1 jalapeno, sliced thin

4 ounces Sharp Cheddar Cheese, grated

Directions:

In the bowl of your food processor add the garlic and cilantro and pulse to roughly chop. Add in the avocado, chipotle powder, salt and lime juice. Pour in the olive oil and water while pulsing until smooth. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

In a large bowl, toss together the romaine, chicken, bacon, tomato halves, bell pepper, grilled corn, onions, jalapeno and cheddar cheese.

Serve on plates with spoonfuls of the avocado dressing.

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17 Responses to “Bacon Chicken Chopped Salad with Smoky Cilantro Avocado Dressing”

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    Millie | Add A Little — May 27, 2015 at 4:04 am

    This looks so good and that dressing looks amazing!

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    Liz@Virtually Homemade — May 27, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    I am drooling right now!!!

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    Jillian @ Yoga Pants Kitchen — May 27, 2015 at 5:48 pm

    Love that dressing!!

    Jillian

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    Haley @ Hi-Line Healthy — May 27, 2015 at 5:49 pm

    That salad dressing looks insanely good!

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    Ashley — May 27, 2015 at 8:06 pm

    I make avocado dressing all the time and we love it. I usually add black beans also to the salad. Thanks for bringing this to my mind. I needed some inspiration for the week.

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    Nikki Rader — May 31, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    One, that looks crazy delicious, but two — where did you get those dishes?? They are SO gorgeous!

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — June 3rd, 2015 @ 8:57 am

      Hi Nikki! I bought them not that long ago from Target. Love that place 🙂

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    Jiji — May 31, 2015 at 3:58 pm

    This looks delicious, can you tell me how much salt and chipotle powder do you put in the dressing. Thanks

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — June 3rd, 2015 @ 8:56 am

      Hi Jiji! I can’t believe I forgot to put those in the recipe! It’s 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt and 1/4 to 1/2 chipotle powder (or to taste). I’ve updated the recipe, thanks for pointing that out! 🙂

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    Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) — June 1, 2015 at 11:57 pm

    This was delicious! My husband and I had it for dinner tonight and we can’t wait to have our leftovers for lunch tomorrow. Thanks for the tasty recipe!

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — June 3rd, 2015 @ 8:50 am

      I’m so glad and you are most welcome Kelli 🙂

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    Linda — June 6, 2015 at 10:48 am

    This was a huge hit thank you! I was short on ripe avocados so I added sour cream to make more & a couple pinches of dill really gave it another dimension. This will be added to the menu frequently!

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    Jennie @onesweetmess — June 9, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    That dressing looks amazing. I’d drizzle it over just about anything. You can’t go wrong with bacon in a crisp salad.

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    sandy — July 12, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    where is the receipt for the chipotle chicken?

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