Chicken BLT Chopped Salad with Fresh Lemon Garlic Dressing and This Week's Eats

I put our standby chopped salad onto the menu quite often, but with no real recipe - just a list of ingredients.  Last week I shook things up and made a new dressing by combining the elements of several that I love.  It turned out awesome and I figured it was time that our chopped salad got an official recipe on the blog.

Chicken BLT Chopped Salad with Fresh Lemon Garlic Dressing

for the salad:

  • two heads of romaine lettuce
  • 4-5 slices of bacon cooked and crumbled (cook in the microwave for about 6 minutes between paper towels - quick and easy to clean up)
  • 1 cup cooked diced chicken (preferably on the grill with olive oil, Kosher salt and lots of cracked pepper)
  • 1/2 cup sliced cherry tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 1 small avocado diced
  • blue cheese (totally optional, I know blue cheese can be polarizing - I didn't even include it in the picture.  Feta would be good, too.)
for the dressing:

  • juice of one lemon (about 1/4 cup)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 small clove of garlic pressed or minced fine
  • 1 heaping teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • good pinch of Kosher salt (more to taste)
  • fresh cracked pepper to taste
Rinse and chop the romaine and toss with the remaining salad ingredients.  Whisk dressing ingredients together until they emulsify.  

Pour about half to 3/4 of the dressing over the salad, toss and taste to see if you need more.  For me, the amount in this recipe can be a little more than needed, so I save some of it for a lunch salad the next day.

This week:
Last week's Chicken Parmesan Meatballs were really good.  I think I'd just use a can of crushed tomatoes for the sauce next time, as the blended whole tomatoes seemed a bit watery/lacking in a bit of flavor.  And the Crock Pot Chicken Mole from the week prior was really easy and really tasty if you're a fan of mole.  

As always, I'm linking up with Org Junkie, Mommy Run Fast and Jill Conyers - be sure to check out all the great weekly menus!


  1. Yum! Your recipe and menu almost make me want to eat meat :)

    Thanks for linking up!

  2. Wow, your salad looks so delicious!! I need to try your dressing, too. Thanks for sharing!

  3. You had me with this picture! It looks seriously yummy!

  4. I'm thinking the snow will impede my dinner out plans tomorrow night, so we'll probably stay in and make this salad. Yum!

  5. Yum, what an awesome week of food! I wish I could cook something great every day of the week!

  6. jennypyle@charter.netFebruary 26, 2014 at 5:22 PM

    Hi there!
    Thanks for the slow cooker cream cheese chicken chili recipe suggestion!
    Didn't think my boys would go for it on Taco Tuesday...but it was well received!
    I used Trader Joe's roasted corn, spicy ranch dressing pkg., 3 chicken breast halves, and 4 oz of cream cheese. Boys topped with chili-cheese Fritos and pickled jalapeƱos.
    Thanks again!