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Chicken Bacon Ranch Salad

chicken bacon ranch salad in a shallow bowl with a teal glass of ice water on the side

The BEST flavor combo-- chicken bacon ranch-- in the form of a salad (or sandwich! or wrap!) Your new go-to lunch or dinner recipe that's quick & easy to make, healthy-ish, great for meal prep, and infinitely flexible. 

Ingredients

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  • ¾ lb. cooked chicken breast (or thighs, diced or shredded, crispy or grilled)
  • 4 strips (~ 3 oz.) of cooked bacon, roughly chopped
  • 4 cups lettuce, i.e. romaine, green leaf, or a spring mix
  • ½ cup cherry tomatoes (or diced tomatoes)
  • ½ red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 avocado (optional)
  • ½ cup cheddar (optional)
  • ½ cup croutons (optional)
  • 3-4 tablespoons ranch dressing (or more)

Instructions

  1. Prep salad ingredients: cut lettuce into bite-sized pieces and wash and dry in a salad spinner. Cut cherry tomatoes in half or quarters, if desired. Thinly slice red onions, grate the cheddar, and slice or dice avocado if using. 
  2. Mix salad: in a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients except avocado and ranch dressing, reserving a small amount of each garnish on the side. Drizzle about 3 tablespoons of ranch dressing over the top of the salad and toss to combine until evenly coated. Add more ranch dressing, 1 tablespoon at a time, to your liking. 
  3. Top salad with avocado and reserved garnishes, and serve immediately. 

Notes

  • If starting with raw chicken and/or bacon, start by cooking the bacon in a pan until crisp, and draining excess grease on paper towels. You can cook chicken in the same pan after cooking the bacon-- cook to an internal temperature of 165 °F.

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