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

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

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
WW Points Plus: 10
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78 comments

  1. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. 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! 

  4. This is my favorite salad!,

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

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

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

  8. 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.  

  9. 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. 🙂

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

  11. 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 🙂

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

  13. 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.  

  14. 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.

  15. 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!

  16. 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!

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

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

  19. Would pancetta work ?

  20. 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….