Rosemary Chicken Salad with Avocado and Bacon

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This hearty Rosemary Chicken Salad with Avocado and Bacon is HUGE – perfect when you want a low-carb meal that will fill you up! I actually split this between three people, and felt completely satisfied.

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Rosemary Chicken Salad with Avocado and Bacon

Rosemary and chicken are such a wonderful combination in this dairy-free salad which also happens to be whole30 friendly. It’s one of my favorite salads for dinner! More hearty salads I love are Zesty Lime Shrimp and Avocado Salad, Carne Asada Salad and this California Grilled Chicken Avocado and Mango Salad.

This delicious recipe is from Heather Christo’s first cookbook Pure Delicious. A cookbook filled with 150 Allergen-Free recipes including gluten, dairy, soy, nut, shellfish and cane sugar. But don’t be fooled, the recipes are amazing and her photography is stunning!

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For this recipe, I modified the ingredients slightly to lower the calories by reducing the olive oil a bit, and using skinless thighs instead of using the skin. If you want to further reduce the calories you can use chicken breast instead and use 1/2 of an avocado. This recipe was a keeper, also great for the summer if you want to make the chicken on the grill.

rosemary chicken salad with avocado and bacon

This hearty salad is HUGE – perfect when you want a big salad for dinner without the grains. It's also gluten-free, dairy-free, and grain-free.
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Rosemary Chicken Salad with Avocado and Bacon

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10
SP
381 Cals 29 Protein 12 Carbs 25 Fats
Prep Time: 30 mins
Cook Time: 0 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Yield: 2 servings
COURSE: Dinner, Salad
CUISINE: American
This hearty Rosemary Chicken Salad with Avocado and Bacon is HUGE – perfect when you want a low-carb meal that will fill you up! It's also gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free and soy-free for people with food allergies.

Ingredients

  • slices center-cut bacon, diced
  • 2 boneless, trimmed skinless chicken thighs (4 oz each)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp fresh rosemary
  • 3 cups chopped romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 1/2 cup baby arugula or watercress
  • 1/2 cup halved cherry tomatoes
  • 3 tablespoons chopped red onion
  • 4 oz avocado, sliced (1 small)

For the rosemary vinaigrette:

  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 4 tsp  olive oil
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp fresh minced rosemary
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
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Instructions

  • Cook bacon in a large heavy nonstick skillet until crispy, about 7 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel to drain and set aside.
  • Drain the fat but don’t wipe the skillet, leaving any excess oil in the pan to cook the chicken.
  • Season chicken with salt and rosemary, cook in the skillet over medium-high heat until golden and cooked through, about 5 minutes on each side.
  • Make a bed of the romaine and arugula (or watercress) in a large serving bowl or platter (or divide between 2 plates). Scatter the cherry tomatoes, red onion and bacon on top.
  • Slice the avocado, sprinkle with pinch of salt and arrange on salad. Slice the chicken thighs and add to the salad.
  • To make the rosemary vinaigrette, in a small bowl whisk the ingredients. Pour over the salad and serve right away.

Nutrition

Serving: 1half of the salad, Calories: 381kcal, Carbohydrates: 12g, Protein: 29g, Fat: 25g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 114mg, Sodium: 741mg, Fiber: 6g, Sugar: 1g
Blue Smart Points: 10
Green Smart Points: 10
Purple Smart Points: 10
Points +: 10
Keywords: avocado chicken salad, chicken salad recipe, Chicken Salad with Avocado and Bacon, easy chicken salad recipe, Rosemary Chicken Salad

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78 comments

  1. Five stars for sure! We really enjoyed this recipe. Every last bite!

  2. I think this is my husband’s favorite salad. It is a bit of work so I don’t make it often, but it is worth the effort!

  3. Made this for lunch today and it is sooo good! Clean eating at its finest. We will definitely be adding this to our regular rotation. 

  4. Loved everything about this recipe except the dressing. Will just opt for my store bought balsamic vinaigrette next time.

  5. What’s the last ingredient for the dressing. The bullet point is blank. Thinking it’s pepper…

  6. Absolutely Delish! I brought it to work and everyone was jealous of my lunch!

  7. One of my favorite recipes from Skinnytaste.com. This recipe has the best flavor. However, I’m not sure why this one isn’t marked as Keto?

  8. This salad is AMAZING! I use fresh rosemary from my garden, and I can’t get enough. I like to marinade my chicken in a bit of olive oil, lemon, and rosemary before I cook it. I also add some bacon fat and a small amount of sweetner to the salad dressing (keto).

  9. I made a double batch of this for a graduation party and it went very quickly. Had it for dinner another time and absolutely loved it.

  10. I don’t particularly enjoy rosemary, but I love the vinaigrette dressing on this salad. The flavor pairing/combination of the salad and the dressing is 5 star!

  11. How many feeestyle points would this recipe be minus the avacado? I know they are high in points so hoping it brings down the points a bunch if I exclude it. I’ve had this recipe many times in the past and it’s always been one of my families favorites! Thanks Gina! 

  12. This is my favorite salad!,

  13. I would like to know the points if I use chicken?

  14. This salad is my absolute favorite thus far. It has so many great flavors and it is very satisfying.  Thank you for sharing!

  15. Do the points change. If you use chicken breast? Love your recipes! Thank you!

  16. Gina!  WOW!  I made this dish tonight and I was so pleased with the way all of these flavors came together.  My husband, who is not a fan of salads, sat down down to dinner and said “tasty!” after just one bite.  Thank you for always getting the flavors right.  This recipe is also much heartier than I thought it would be.  The suggested serving size is perfect.  

  17. I am adding this to my weekly meal plan next week. I’m just curious why you use chicken thighs instead of chicken breasts. Are they more tender? flavorful? I have never tried thighs but will to if you say so. 🙂

  18. Made it today. Turned out really well!!!

  19. this is one of the best salads ever. the whole family enjoyed it. With a huge rosemary bush in our vegie garden this will be a keeper 🙂

  20. ***sitting by fire, not sitting by first…..

  21. Guess what I am having for dinner tonight?  This will be part of my post-Christmas detox, ha ha.  Got your cookbooks for Christmas, spend the day sitting by the first reading them.  

  22. I tried this recipe today. I didn’t have dijon, I replaced with al’ancienne, it turned out perfect.
    I’ll add it to my favorites.

  23. Fabulous!  I have made this twice already, within a week! I used skinless chicken breast, instead of thighs. This is my new favorite dish. Love!

  24. Perfect as is and fast! I used yesterday’s left over bacon from breakfast and the tiniest smidge of bacon grease (yes, I save it for flavoring) to cook the chicken in. Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!

  25. YUM! We all liked it – even the kids! 

  26. I am going to add some healthy grains, I think buckwheat to sound it out for the kids….THANKS>>>>

  27. Would pancetta work ?

  28. Thank you for sharing this recipe! This is THE best salad I have ever eaten AND it fits with my dietary restrictions. Healthy, filling and oh so beautiful and tasty! Everyone, try this one!! And I am not even a huge salad fan….

  29. Are most of the fat grams in this recipe from the avocado or the vinaigrette?  Would like to reduce it a little bit so I’m just curious!  Thanks, looks delicious!

  30. Oh my goodness… This was delicious!   Had it for dinner tonight and can’t wait to make it again. Thank you for sharing.  

  31. Looks delicious!  Did you marinate the chicken?

  32. This is just the BEST salad I’ve eaten in awhile! Simple to make, just a few ingredients, but so flavorful!! The dressing is really wonderful, and the combo of avocado, chicken and bacon is amazing. I have been on a very restricted elimination diet, so it was amazing to eat something so tasty that fit into my limited food choices:)  I’ve made it twice in the past two weeks…thanks for the wonderful recipe! 

  33. I had my husband make this for me for Mother’s Day and it was delicious! He was a little worried that it would be boring, but we both enjoyed it and ate it again last night for dinner. Thanks for the great recipe!

  34. Made this for dinner tonight and it’s one of the best salads I’ve ever had! My husband totally agrees! Quick, delicious and definitely filling!!

  35. Hi, I am this on Sunday for my family on mother’s day, everyone love, love, loved it!
     Not only does it have a nice presentation, it was delicious and easy to prepare, thank you!!

  36. I have eaten this three times this week and it’s a big hit! I’m making my list now and putting it on the menu again. Make this!!!!!!

  37. I just tried this for dinner last night, it was delicious! I just found your site & am finally excited about cooking again (I love to cook – but hate to decide what to cook) – looking through your recipes, I’ve decided to try at least one a week. I love the Korean recipes (first on my list)! Thank you for so many healthy recipes (since my husband is diabetic & I try to eat healthy) and also for flavorful dishes without tons of hard to find ingredients & difficult & numerous steps! I think I can be in love with making dinners again!!

  38. I just made this recipe for dinner. It was fabulous! Even my very picky hubby who isn’t a chicken fan loved it!

  39. Yum! This looks amazing. Making for dinner tonight! 

  40. Your recipes sound delicious, but many are way too high in sodium content.  Many of us watch our sodium content. The RDA is now much lower than it used to be.

    • So leave the salt out. 🙂
      I rarely use the salt that any recipe asks for, and really don’t miss it.

    • I really don’t understand the point of comments like this.  If you need low-sodium dishes, go to a blog that specializes in low-sodium recipes, or just use your (gasp!) own reasoning power to reduce the sodium to YOUR needs for each recipe.    

    • You are obviously one of those person that complain about everything and anything… Nobody said that you have the follow those recipes to the letter… You can easily adjust and adapt to your needs, tastes or requirements… Geez…

  41. I love that this recipe contains bacon. A bit of bacon adds great flavor to almost everything.

  42. Just made this for dinner – followed the recipe exactly except used chicken breast and grilled it. Fantastic!!!! My husband and I devoured it. Healthy but very satisfying and filling. The bacon and fresh rosemary totally make this salad!!  The kids even ate it. Bonus. 

  43. Looks delicious!  I have fresh rosemary in my garden that I often use to roast chicken pieces along with lemon, onion,  a little butter and white wine.  It’s to die for.  The reason I mention that is 1) I never thought to add rosemary to chicken in a salad, much less the dressing (great idea!) and 2)  because I’m thinking a little added lemon squeezed over the top of this salad could work equally as well as in my roasted dish!  Well, lemon or not, your photo sells this.  Beautiful presentation– thanks for sharing, Gina!

  44. I’m not a rosemary fan, but I am going to try this omitting the rosemary. Love the recipes you share. I have tried many of them, and they all have been perfect.

    • Will still be great with another herb like oregano

    • I’m not a rosemary fan either, but this was amazing. I’ll make it again. (I do grow rosemary in my herb garden so I did use fresh, and in my opinion fresh is tastier than dried)

  45. YUM. For once in my life I have all the ingredients in my fridge!! I know what’s for lunch tomorrow…

  46. I love all the gorgeous slices of avocado!  It looks delicious!

  47. Do you still do the breakdown of grams of fat, carbs, fiber, etc?  I quit weight watchers when they switched to smart points so the other information is valuable to me.  

  48. I’d like to omit bacon – any suggestions?