BLT Salad w/ Chicken

a bed of creamy coated mixed greens with crispy chunks of chicken thighs, red peppers, tomatoes, and bacon
 
A delicious full-meal BLT salad loaded with all the flavors of a traditional BLT sandwich!  With crunchy bits of bacon, crispy chicken, and a mayonnaise based dressing, this keto salad is a satisfying low carb meal!
 
 
chicken blt salad topped with bell peppers and tomatoes on a light blue plate and a festive striped cloth

Most of us could always afford to add more vegetables into our diets.  I personally love them, but sometimes run out of steam after preparing a main course to keep on going with much more than a bagged salad!

So finding a meal that is an all-in-one is a major bonus for this busy mom!!

I’ve been making this recipe for years, a really scrumptious full meal deal.  It is definitely in our regular rotation of meals as both my husband and I can’t get enough of it!

In the summer, I can’t wait until I have fresh garden tomatoes to add in….their flavor and texture simple can’t compare to the vast majority of grocery store finds…at least in my experience!

close up of a blue plate with creamy coated salad greens with peppers, chicken, bacon, and tomatoes

Picky kids? Gluten free BLT pasta option?

I’d like to say my kids happily eat salads.  But that would be a lie.  A big fat HUGE lie. 

The eldest is slowly coming around…the trick of course finding a dressing she can hide the greens in. 

I get it.  I was the same way…and now vegetables are my favorite food group!  So I hang on to hope people!!

Since I assemble the salad ingredients at the end…I just toss theirs with some favorite gluten free noodles.  That way, everyone is still eating MOSTLY the same thing and I am not stretched too thin!

 

dressed mixed green salad topped with crispy bacon, browned chicken, red bell peppers, and tomatoes all on a turquoise blue plate with a festive striped cloth

Special tools for making the best BLT salad:

  • Without a doubt, whenever I need to crisp anything, I will ALWAYS use my favorite cast iron pan.  In all honesty…it is the only pan I use anymore!!  I HIGHLY recommend you try cooking with one…this one even comes pre-seasoned!!    I just am careful never to use too high of heat (it conducts SUPER well), and I never wash it with soap, just warm water when necessary. 
  • I also find a sturdy spatula is handy for all cooking in my cast iron!

Want some more full meal salad ideas?

a up close view of a blt salad with a creamy mayo dressing, bacon, tomato, and crispy chicken thighs

Warm Chicken BLT Salad Recipe:

a up close view of a blt salad with a creamy mayo dressing, bacon, tomato, and crispy chicken thighs
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Chicken BLT Salad

Course Main Course, Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword blt chicken salad, blt salad, blt salad recipe, keto dinner, low carb dinner
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 444kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 bag baby greens I sometimes add some chopped romaine for crunch, OR 1-2 head red leaf or green leaf, chopped
  • 8 oz cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1 medium sweet bell pepper chopped
  • 1/4 cup green onions thinly sliced
  • 4 slices bacon chopped (my favorite is Trader Joe's Applewood Smoked, Nitrate -Free, it's the most meaty I've found)
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken thighs chopped small bite size pieces

DRESSING:

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise I use my homemade version
  • 3 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon thyme

Instructions

  • Whisk together dressing ingredients, set aside.
  • Cook chopped bacon over medium heat until crispy, remove from heat to paper towels.
  • Discard all but 1 tablespoon bacon grease, and saute the chicken, increasing the heat to medium-high.
  • You want the chicken to be browned.
  • When cooked through, pour all the contents over the salad and vegetables and toss with the dressing (to taste).

Nutrition

Calories: 444kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 126mg | Sodium: 365mg | Potassium: 525mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1320IU | Vitamin C: 52.9mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1.9mg

pinterest ready turquios plate filled with greens coated in a creamy dressing with tomatoes, bacon, and chicken thighs

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