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.
Yield: 2 servings
5 from 7 votes

Rosemary Chicken Salad with Avocado and Bacon

Prep Time: 30 mins
Cook Time: 0 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
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.


  • 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


  • 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.


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