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April 17, 2010

Bacon, Chicken and Avocado Salad

By Worker Bee
70 Comments

Lauren Seaver had us with the first three ingredients in her salad: bacon, chicken and avocado. What is there not to love? This combination is not new to most of you, in fact, you might even throw it into salads all the time. But if it’s been awhile, let us remind you how insanely delicious this simple combination is.

Crispy, salty bacon is a perfect topping for cool, creamy avocado and the chicken thighs seared in bacon fat take on a deep, rich flavor that chicken doesn’t always have. It’s a comforting and satisfying combination, familiar ingredients that each take on a new dimension of flavor when paired with the others. You can toss this salad with any green you like, but there is something especially tasty about the combination of crisp romaine lettuce with bacon. While not a “dark, leafy” green, romaine still packs a nice nutritional punch and pretty much everyone loves the mild flavor, which makes it a good choice if you’re serving this salad to others (like picky family members).

Lauren turns the flavor dial up a notch by garnishing with chopped walnuts, red onion and apple. Like any good garnish, this heightens the flavor in the salad and adds texture. You get a little sweetness, a little crunchiness and a nice bite from the red onion. All in all, this is exactly the type of salad that satisfies our hunger and provides the type of protein and good fat we all need to get through the day.

For dressing, you can use any vinaigrette you like, or even just a drizzle of olive oil. If you want to try something new, however, Lauren has included her favorite Balsamic Apple Vinaigrette.

Servings: Approx. 4

Ingredients:


  • 1/4 pound bacon, or 4-5 slices, cut into 1/2 inch bits
  • 8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs, chopped into 2 inch pieces, seasoned with salt and pepper
  • 1 avocado – peeled, pitted and cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1 head romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnut
  • 1 apple – cut into 1 inch chunks (optional)

Instructions:

In a pan over medium heat, cook the bacon “bits” until crisp.

Remove and set aside, but save the bacon grease in the pan. Next, add the chopped and seasoned chicken thighs to the pan and sauté in the bacon grease. Cook the chicken and turn so that every side is browned.

Allow it to simmer over low heat while you prepare the rest of the salad.

Toss the chopped romaine, avocado, chicken and bacon together. Top with red onion, walnuts and apple. Dress with your favorite vinaigrette, or use Lauren’s:

Balsamic Apple Vinaigrette


  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoon apple cider
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon mustard
  • pinch salt
  • pinch black pepper
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

Mix all ingredients except olive oil (using a whisk, food processor, or blender). Slowly add in olive oil drop by drop to make an emulsion (like you would when making mayo) until it is all incorporated.


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Carrie
Carrie
6 years 5 months ago

This looks unbelievably good!

JasonBaney
6 years 5 months ago

Just made this salad and it was so good!! Cloud 9 is all mine!

tcseacliff
tcseacliff
5 years 2 months ago

I eat the same salad but, add raspberry vinaigrette and some diced peaches

Debby
Debby
3 years 10 months ago

It may look unbelievably good but the author left out one of the key ingredients in his picture of ingredients: The AVOCADO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Samuel
Samuel
3 years 2 months ago

Nope, it’s there. Between the romaine and the onion.

Mountain Dew
Mountain Dew
6 years 5 months ago

YUM!

John Solter
6 years 5 months ago
Although I’m not really a vinaigrette guy, everything else in this salad sounds delicious. You had me at bacon, avocado, and chicken. Big salads like this with plenty of protein and fat completely slay my hunger. I don’t know whether you have ever really talked on this site about the many different aspects of being hungry because as best as I can tell it is more than just one thing. Some people say that hunger is all about stretch receptors in the stomach so you should aim for low nutrient density in the foods you eat. There are other studies… Read more »
fireandstone
6 years 5 months ago

“In hunter gatherer tribes, the men get the animals and the women get the plant foods, then they put it all together.”

More often it’s the men getting the big animals and the women getting the small animals, the eggs, the grubs and bugs and maybe some plants, fruits and tubers if they happen to be in season and available. Don’t discount the womens’ role in acquiring fat and protein just because they don’t do the big hunting. 🙂

Organic Gabe
6 years 5 months ago

Hmmm, looks great!!

Todd
6 years 5 months ago

Yummy! I need to start making these salads!

I am going to make this one this one next week – I am salivating over the flavors way too much right now! And, I have ALL the ingredients 🙂

Chaohinon
6 years 5 months ago

Tzatziki sauce (thinned out a little) makes a great dressing for this salad.

mac
6 years 5 months ago

makes me wanna go primal!

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Kat
6 years 5 months ago

I haven’t eaten a salad in years (digestive issues) but was going to try one soon. This might just be the recipe I have to make.

Jeremy McMinn
6 years 5 months ago

So what do you eat in place of salads? Is that quite restricting?

Anyway I just made this salad, its pretty awesome so if you are gonna test out eating salads i highly recommend this recipe!

Kat
6 years 5 months ago

I eat all vegetables cooked, but focus more on fats, meats and organ meats. I include dairy as homemade yogurt every day and some fruit & nuts. Not as restricting as it sounds when you have a bunch of wonderful farmers around with all different kinds of meat.

I was thinking of trying salads soon and looking for something with meat and lots of fat in it.

shastagirl
shastagirl
6 years 5 months ago

oooh this is something like i made the other day. but it was more:

baby spinach
chicken
bacon
egg
grilled onions
blue cheese (optional but my husband loves it and i dont mind it so i put it in lightly for mine)

the dressing was some white vinegar, black pepper, paprika, garlic, olive oil and bacon grease (warmed up of course) shaken up in a glass bottle i keep around from my days of eating commercial salad dressing.
it was so so good.
now i am gonna have to make it again for sunday lunch! (since roast chook is on the menu tonight)

Jeff
Jeff
6 years 5 months ago
That looks absolutely delicious. I’m so thankful for the site. I’ve had some athletic injuries for the past couple months (played too hard while snowboarding), I haven’t been able to really work out for 2-3 months. My weight has been completely stable thanks to PB diet. My wife however thinks its hogwash. The funny thing is she has a gluten allergy, still eats lots of other grains and now she eats the fats I’ve been enjoying. So long story short she’s been gaining weight, irritable, etc etc etc… I’ve tried to direct her to this site and Fat Head. She… Read more »
Lisa Stafford
Lisa Stafford
6 years 5 months ago
My daughter’s gluten allergy and my husband’s Crohn’s disease contributed to us going Primal. When we first gave up grains, we used almond flour as a transition food. We made waffles, bread, cookies and brownies with almond flour and honey. After a few weeks, we cut way back on these and only have them as occassional treats now. When we were eating a lot of these items, we limited our bacon to once per week and ate more lean proteins. I maintained my weight during that time. My 9 year old daughter lost 3 pounds. We have to make sure… Read more »
amgee
amgee
6 years 5 months ago

I had a salad with similar flavors to this for lunch. Spring greens, roasted turkey, avocado, bacon, apple, almonds, and a champagne vinaigrette. So good.

MmmFat
MmmFat
6 years 5 months ago

*Drool*

Thanks for sharing this; I can’t wait to try this!

mr avocado
mr avocado
6 years 5 months ago
i sent this yesterday on the previous blog but this one seems more appropriate (its about avocados) so i’ll repost it here: mark what is your policy on avocados? they are full of healthy fat and vitamins and so on paper sound like a paleo’s wet dream. but there is no such thing as a free lunch and i find it hard to believe a plant would invest so much energy to provide an animal with a meal, instead of the usual package of cheap sugar like most fruits. as u and others have mentioned before, most energy-dense plant-foods (and… Read more »
Alchemyguy, Science Bulldog
Alchemyguy, Science Bulldog
6 years 5 months ago
Not Mark and I’m not an evolutionary biologist, but there is an evolutionary advantage to providing nutrition; flowers feed the bees nectar and, in the process, spread their pollen to the next flower, fertilizing the ovum and generating the next iteration. Flowers that didn’t have tasty treats inside wouldn’t be visited as regularly as those that do, so would have a negative selection pressure and their genes would not be passed on. Similarly, the pits and seeds of most fruit are hard, undigestable and poisonous while the fruit itself is tasty. This promotes the fruit being eaten and the seeds… Read more »
Alchemyguy, Science Bulldog
Alchemyguy, Science Bulldog
6 years 5 months ago

damnation! their*they’re

tcseacliff
tcseacliff
5 years 2 months ago

same reasons why we crave and enjoy chocolate and this would kill your pet! and I am gaining weight on PB!(nature is cruel!)

Allison
Allison
6 years 5 months ago

Another BAS that satisfy’s the soul! Excellent. Make this salad quite frequently, I do a bit of dairy and don’t skimp on the gourmet cheeses. An ounce or two would replace the apple for me. . . and maybe an apple slice after to cleanse the pallete : ) Awesome dressing.

Sterling
6 years 5 months ago

That’s the kind of salad that I have at least once/week! Pan-sautéed pecans in butter add a nice touch. Cilantro adds another depth of flavor too.

Blanche Scharf
6 years 5 months ago

That can make anyone try this type of eating. Signing up for the free recipes, it would be great if the finished product was delivered. Oh well, I guess it time to start cooking.

I love the combination of raw greens with some cooked protein and the option of some fruit.

FairyRae
FairyRae
6 years 5 months ago

AHHHHH! The one day I wait until the evening to check MDA and my recipe is here!!! WOW!! I’m so honored you chose this recipe–and I agree it’s totally delicious!

Hope you enjoy it if you try it! Can’t wait to read the cookbook!!!! YAY!

lale
lale
6 years 5 months ago

I am Middle Eastern, and I have now noticed that most of our meals are primal.. For instance a typical vegetable dish:

– half pound of lean ground beef
– 1 onion
– two garlic
– tomato and pepper paste
– any kind of vegetable (you name it cabbage, green beans, green peas, zucchini)

Saute beef with onions. Add other ingredients with salt and pepper. Add 2 cups of water. Cook it until the veggies are done.

Very simple and primal.. And tastyyyyyyy!!!

KJ
KJ
6 years 5 months ago

Looked so good, I made it for dinner tonight. Used baby spinach, chicken breast, and skipped the nuts. Delicious.

Marc
Marc
6 years 5 months ago

Read it, made it, ate it, loved it.

Keith McNeill
Keith McNeill
6 years 5 months ago

I’m hungry now!

Primal K@
6 years 5 months ago

I’ve made this dressing for a salad and it is phenomenal! Works with all kinds of salads. Thanks for posting this deliciousness!

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Luke M-Davies
6 years 5 months ago

I’ve just sown my salad seeds in my garden yesterday. This recipe will be one of the first to put my organic salad leaves into (if the slugs don’t pinch them first!)
Thanks for sharing Mark.

Yoga Untwisted
6 years 5 months ago

Wow! Just made this for dinner. Fantastic!!!

kathy
kathy
6 years 5 months ago

I just made this tonight and it’s truly amazing. The dressing is totally worth the time, as it makes the salad. Thank you!

Debra
Debra
6 years 5 months ago

This is the best salad I ever had! Thanks for posting.

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deniz
deniz
6 years 5 months ago

Lale, are you Turkish? Because I don’t really consider Turkish meals to be primal seeing as how we eat carbs with more carbs ie rice with bread, pasta with bread..Also explains all the potato sack bodies you see around Istanbul….

Joey
Joey
4 years 19 days ago

Deniz, Istanbul’da oturuyormusunuz? Yeni geldim, ve pazar’daki sat?lan taze meyve sebzeyi çok seviyorum! Lâkin iyi et pazar?n? henüz bulamad?m. ?stanbul’da güzel kasab? biliyormusunuz? Olursa haber verin, lütfen. Çok te?ekkür ederim!

?ngilizce tercih ederseniz…

Deniz, do you live in Istanbul? I just arrived and I love all the fresh fruits and vegetables that are sold in the markets! However, I have not been able to find a good place to buy meat. Do you know a good butcher in Istanbil? If so, please let me know. Thanks!

Boru
Boru
6 years 5 months ago

This salad cannot be reasoned with!!! I make enough to feed all five of us and have difficulty not consuming it all myself!!!

Robeil
Robeil
6 years 5 months ago

Mm mm good!! Made it for supper, I BBQd everything the bacon, chicken too… I only put 1 clove of garlic, I don’t really like garlic, I know, I’m one of the few who don’t… For the familly I made rice and they were very happy…

erik
erik
6 years 4 months ago

best salad ever!!! the dressing is so worth it, it’s all i use now. thanks for the great recipe!!! i love eating like a grok!

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Brad
Brad
6 years 4 months ago

My fiancee made this salad the other day and my mouth is watering still thinking about it. Mmmm tasty.

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Todd Helmkamp
6 years 3 months ago

Just made this tonight. Incredible!

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illyaloysius3
4 years 9 months ago

This sounds and looks so amazing. I cant wait to make this for dinner later.

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