Chicken Bacon Ranch Salad
The BEST Chicken Bacon Ranch Salad in our house is made up of our favorite salad greens mix, diced bacon wrapped chicken, cheese, croutons, and ranch dressing.
With the current global pandemic situation, we’ve been doing all of our grocery shopping online with curbside pickup, so we never know for sure what items are going to be fulfilled in our order.
We’re also fortunate that a local farmer has been offering a produce delivery service, with approximately 25 pounds of produce for $35. The items may vary each delivery, depending on what’s available, but farm fresh produce is the best!
Can Salads be prepped ahead of time?
If I’m serving to a crowd, or at a party, I tend to do all of the prep ahead of time.
Bake the chicken, dice the veggies, etc. and keep covered in the refrigerator until time to serve.
Assembly is best done right before time to serve.
Leave any bottles of dressing next to the salad, so each person can choose their flavor and quantity desired.
What is the best cut of chicken for salads?
I prefer to use boneless, skinless chicken breasts for salads, though rotisserie chicken that’s been deboned and shredded also works great.
Thighs that are boneless, skinless would also work well, darker meats tend to retain more moisture and have some added flavor.
How to make Chicken Bacon Ranch Salad:
The night we had enjoyed this salad, we had 6 strips of bacon, 3 thick chicken breasts, 1 package of salad mix, 1 pound of cheese, a package of croutons, and a bottle of ranch dressing in the refrigerator.
I decided to slice the chicken breasts in half, making 6 servings.
I wrapped them each with a strip of bacon and baked them (See Bacon Wrapped Chicken Tenderloins Recipe).
When they were done, I diced them and combined with the other ingredients to make a salad.
What variations and substitutions work well with Chicken Bacon Ranch Salad?
- Onion Slices
- Sliced Avocado
- Diced Peppers
- Diced Hard boiled Eggs
How to store leftover Chicken Bacon Ranch Salad:
I included a link near the end of this post to a salad lunch storage system.
It’s a great way to prep and store the different salad ingredients.
Different sections allow the different ingredients to be in the same container, but not intermix.
Otherwise, I suggest storing each ingredient separately in its own airtight container in the refrigerator, for maximum freshness.
If you store a salad with the dressing already mixed in in the refrigerator, it’ll come out soggy.
I do not suggest freezing a salad.
- Salad greens mix
- Diced bacon wrapped chicken
- Ranch dressing
Slice three chicken breasts in half, making 6 servings.
Wrap them each with a strip of bacon and bake them (See Bacon Wrapped Chicken Tenderloins Recipe).
When they are done, Dice them
Add salad mix to each bowl
Add cheese to salad mix
Add diced chicken and bacon
Serve and enjoy!
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 113Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 25mgSodium: 215mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 7g