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Chicken Bacon Ranch Salad with Avocado

with a fresh homemade herb buttermilk ranch dressing

Chicken Bacon Ranch Salad with Avocado & Herb Buttermilk Ranch Dressing ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #salad #recipe

Mixed greens topped with crispy chicken, bits of bacon, tomato, sweet onion, and avocado, drizzled with a creamy homemade herb ranch.

Believe it or not, this was my “breakfast” on Sunday. I got up early, but then got so busy with baking, grocery shopping, and schlepping my son to the soccer fields that I didn’t get a chance to eat breakfast until it was almost noon. So, I decided, since it was a beautiful spring day, that a nice salad on the patio would be just the thing. I put some chicken in the toaster oven to cook, blended up some fresh ranch dressing, and arranged my brunch-y salad. It was tough to take time to photograph it because I was SO hungry, but I really wanted to share this beauty with you …

Chicken Bacon Ranch Salad with Avocado

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Chicken Bacon Ranch Salad with Avocado


    For the dressing:
  • 1/3 cup light mayonnaise
  • 2/3 cup buttermilk
  • 1 clove garlic
  • About 1/2 cup fresh herbs ~ I used basil, thyme, a bit of tarragon, rosemary, and cilantro
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup lowfat or nonfat plain yogurt
  • For each salad:
  • Mixed greens
  • 1 chicken breast or 4 - 5 chicken nuggets
  • 1 slice bacon, fried crisp & crumbled
  • Sweet cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
  • Sliced sweet onion (I used Vidalia)
  • 1/4 of an avocado, cut into small chunks


  1. Cook the chicken or heat it up. (I buy frozen natural breaded chicken tenders and cook them in my toaster oven.)
  2. Put all the dressing ingredients EXCEPT the yogurt in a handi chopper or food processor and blend until all the herbs are finely chopped and the mixture is smooth.
  3. Pour the dressing into a bowl and stir in the yogurt till well mixed. Add more buttermilk or some milk to smooth if you want a thinner dressing.
  4. For each salad: Make a bed of greens on your salad plate or bowl. Arrange the chicken, bacon, tomatoes, onion, and avocado around on the greens. Drizzle with dressing and enjoy!


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Chicken Bacon Ranch Salad with Avocado & Herb Buttermilk Ranch Dressing ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #salad #recipe

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2 Responses

  1. Ann, I’d be absolutely delighted to have this for breakfast, lunch, or dinner ANY day! Since I find the photo irresistible, and since I have all the ingredients on hand :)I’ll be having this for lunch after PT tomorrow! Yay! Thanks! xoxo

    April 29, 2013 at 7:03 pm

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