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Chicken Bacon Ranch Salad

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This hearty chicken bacon ranch salad boasts mouthwatering veggies brimming with color and a variety of ingredients drizzled with tasty ranch dressing.
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Table of Contents
  1. Chicken Bacon Ranch Salad Ingredients
  2. Substitutions And Additions
  3. How To Make This Chicken Bacon Ranch Salad Recipe
  4. How To Serve This Bacon Chicken Salad
  5. Storing Chicken And Bacon Salad
  6. Frequently Asked Questions
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Layered salads are magnificent looking, and this chicken bacon ranch salad definitely looks scrumptious. A rainbow of colorful vegetables, tender chicken, crispy bacon, and tangy cheese, all topped with a creamy ranch dressing, make this a delicious summer entree.

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Chicken Bacon Ranch Salad Ingredients

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Imagine crisp lettuce, juicy grilled chicken, savory bacon, and creamy ranch dressing all combined into one mouth-watering dish.

The combination of salty and savory flavors in this salad is sure to satisfy your taste buds and make your day.

The creamy and tangy ranch dressing pairs perfectly with the smoky bacon and the tender chicken, creating a delicious flavor explosion in your mouth.

You’ll need:

  • 6 cups fresh romaine lettuce, chopped into small pieces
  • 1 cup of ranch dressing
  • 2 cups of chicken diced and cooked (grilled or leftover rotisserie chicken)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup of chopped red bell pepper (about 1 large or two medium peppers, seeds, and stem removed)
  • 1 cup of crumbled bacon (1 pound or 16 slices)
  • 2 avocados, diced (about 1 cup)
  • 2 tomatoes, diced (about 1 cup)
  • 2 cups of grated jack or cheddar cheese
  • 3 hard-boiled eggs, peeled and diced 
  • 2 chopped green onions, green parts only

Substitutions And Additions

PASTA: You could make this an even heartier salad by adding some cooked pasta. Rotini, farfalle, or penne would be ideal picks.

VEGETABLES: There are so many fresh veggies you could add to this bacon ranch chicken salad to customize it. Try pepperoncini, grilled corn, broccoli florets, cucumber, red onion, and olives.

CHEESE: Any cheese you love in salads would work here. Sprinkle some parmesan cheese or toss in some blue cheese.

CROUTONS: If you feel like this layered salad needs a bit of bread, throw in some seasoned croutons right before serving, so they don’t get soggy.

DRESSING: You can use store-bought or homemade ranch dressing on your layered salad.

How To Make This Chicken Bacon Ranch Salad Recipe

Follow our directions below to create the tasty layers of this salad that not only taste delicious but also look amazing.

STEP ONE: In a trifle bowl, spread half of the chopped romaine lettuce. Squirt or drizzle some of the Ranch dressing over the lettuce, vary the amount according to taste, you can also skip the dressing to keep the salad fresh longer or if people like to have their own choice of dressing.

OUR RECIPE DEVELOPER SAYS

Don’t panic if you don’t have a trifle bowl; any deep large bowl will do the trick. Bonus points if it is glass so you can see the lovely layers.

ranch dressing being poured over lettuce in a bowl

STEP TWO: Sprinkle half of the chicken over the lettuce. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. 

chicken added to lettuce in a bowl

STEP THREE: Continue layering half of each ingredient: the red bell pepper, bacon, avocados, tomatoes, cheese, and egg.

PRO TIP:

A little lemon juice on the avocado will prevent it from browning.

salad ingredients layered on top of the chicken and lettuce

STEP FOUR: Repeat with a second layer of all the ingredients, topping with a final drizzle of dressing and chopped green onions. Sprinkle some freshly ground black pepper over the top, if you like.

final half of all ingredients layered as well as dressing

How To Serve This Bacon Chicken Salad

You can assemble this chicken bacon ranch layer salad several hours before serving. It would be fantastic to take for a delicious lunch, an easy weeknight dinner, or to a potluck. Just make sure to leave off the dressing until you are ready to serve.

Add some fresh bread to the side for a complete meal.

For more easy recipes for potluck options, try our coleslaw, baked beans, Italian pasta salad, and Caesar salad.

For another BLT salad, check out our BLT Pasta Salad, or for a salad where chicken is the star, try our Chinese chicken salad. Also, try out our yummy dill pickle pasta salad.

Storing Chicken And Bacon Salad

IN THE FRIDGE: The salad’s separate components can be prepared a day ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator in separate airtight containers or bags until ready to serve. Wait to cut the avocado until just before assembling the salad.

IN THE FREEZER: We don’t recommend freezing any components of this chicken bacon salad. It is best made fresh.

chicken bacon ranch salad with ranch dressing on a plate with a fork

This is the best chicken bacon ranch salad and a delicious variation on the 7-layer salad. It packs in the flavor, combining the classic tastes of a BLT sandwich and taking it a step further to create a filling meal-sized salad.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I add other toppings to my salad?

This easy bacon cheddar ranch chicken salad is very flexible. You can add or subtract any of the toppings you’d like to make this a customized salad.

How do I store this salad?

If you’d like to make this ranch chicken salad recipe ahead of time, you can prepare the components and store them in separate containers in the fridge. Assemble it right before you are ready to enjoy it.

Can I use leftover rotisserie chicken in this salad?

Any cooked chicken would be delicious in this bacon and chicken salad, including rotisserie chicken.

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Chicken Bacon Ranch Layered Salad

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This hearty chicken bacon ranch salad boasts mouthwatering veggies brimming with color and a variety of ingredients drizzled with tasty ranch dressing.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

  • 6 cups fresh romaine lettuce, chopped into small pieces
  • 1 cup ranch dressing
  • 2 cup chicken, diced and cooked (grilled or rotisserie)
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup red bell pepper, chopped with seeds and stem removed (about 1 large or 2 medium peppers)
  • 1 cup bacon, crumbled (about 1 pound or 16 slices)
  • 2 avocados, diced (about 1 cup)
  • 2 tomatoes, diced (about 1 cup)
  • 2 cup cheddar/jack cheese, grated
  • 3 hard-boiled eggs, peeled and diced
  • 2 green onions, chopped and green parts only

Instructions
 

  • In a trifle bowl, spread half of the chopped romaine lettuce. Squirt or drizzle some of the ranch dressing over the lettuce, varying the amount according to taste, you can also skip the dressing to keep the salad fresh longer or if people like to have their own choice of dressing.
  • Sprinkle half of the chicken over the lettuce. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Continue layering half of each ingredient: the red bell pepper, bacon, avocados, tomatoes, cheese, and egg.
  • Repeat with a second layer of all the ingredients, topping with a final drizzle of dressing and some chopped green onions. Sprinkle some freshly ground black pepper over the top, if you like.

Notes

  • Don’t panic if you don’t have a trifle bowl; any deep large bowl will do the trick. Bonus points if it is glass so you can see the lovely layers.
  • A little lemon juice on the avocado will prevent it from browning.
Adapted from: Melissa’s Southern Style Kitchen 

Nutrition

Calories: 719kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 64g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 186mg | Sodium: 988mg | Potassium: 807mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 5913IU | Vitamin C: 48mg | Calcium: 333mg | Iron: 2mg
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