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The BEST Chicken Bacon Ranch Salad of summer is a main dish green salad recipe, topped with all of your favorite things, such as pan-seared chicken, bacon, tomatoes, cucumber, and plenty of ranch dressing!

I love a good chicken salad in the summer. Try these too: Barbecue Ranch Grilled Chicken Salad, Asian Chicken Salad with Peanut Lime Dressing and Rainbow Grilled Chicken Salad.

The BEST Chicken Bacon Ranch Salad of summer is a main dish green salad topped with all of your favorite things such as pan seared chicken, bacon, tomatoes, cucumber, and plenty of ranch dressing!

Easy Chicken Bacon Ranch Salad Recipe

Today I’m working with Litehouse Dressing and I have created an amazing, simple, quick meal your whole family is going to go crazy for. Are you making main dish salads for your people yet? I was so sure for a few years that they wouldn’t eat a salad for dinner, so I didn’t make them. Now I’m regretting taking so long to try because my family loves hearty main dish salads. I love them too. They are easy to make (this recipes comes together in about 30 minutes, but if you were to prep most of it on a meal prep day then it would literally take 5 minutes to get on the table). This Chicken Bacon Ranch Salad was a huge hit because of those three main words: chicken, bacon, and ranch. My kids can totally eat the mixed-in vegetable when those three other things are involved. Their only request for this salad – add croutons next time (and I want to add some avocado!).

Litehouse Homestyle Ranch Dressing is one of our all-time favorite dressings. We eat it on pizza, salads, and everything in our veggie box. My baby even likes to dip pickles in it! When you shop for produce, you don’t shop in the condiment or baking aisle. You head to the refrigerated section – where mouth-watering fresh veggies are brimming with color and flavor. That’s where you’ll find Litehouse – fresh, refrigerated, and delicious dressings.

The BEST Chicken Bacon Ranch Salad of summer is a main dish green salad topped with all of your favorite things such as pan seared chicken, bacon, tomatoes, cucumber, and plenty of ranch dressing!

Can I prep this salad ahead of time?

You can prep everything ahead of time. Chop all of those veggies and cook that chicken on your prep day and then just assemble and eat!

What is the best cut of chicken for this salad?

I love using chicken thighs for this recipe; they stay so moist and are full of flavor. You can definitely use another cut of chicken if you’d like; just don’t over cook.

What do I serve with chicken salad?

This recipe is great with a side of seasonal produce (watermelon, cantaloupe, peaches, berries…) and some kind of starch/carb like corn on the cob, bread sticks, or a loaf of that super easy no-knead bread that we love.

What dressing goes well with chicken salad?

Litehouse Homestyle Ranch Dressing is a must. Find it in the refrigerated section (near the produce).

The BEST Chicken Bacon Ranch Salad of summer is a main dish green salad topped with all of your favorite things such as pan seared chicken, bacon, tomatoes, cucumber, and plenty of ranch dressing!

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The BEST Chicken Bacon Ranch Salad of Summer


  • Author: Melissa Griffiths-Bless this Mess
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 12 mins
  • Total Time: 17 mins
  • Yield: Serves 4-6 1x

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The BEST Chicken Bacon Ranch Salad of summer is a main dish green salad recipe, topped with all of your favorite things, such as pan-seared chicken, bacon, tomatoes, cucumber, and plenty of ranch dressing!


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Ingredients

For the Chicken

  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons red wine or apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

For the Salad

  • 6 cups salad greens such as butter or Romaine lettuce
  • 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cup thinly sliced red or orange bell pepper
  • 46 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 cup sliced cucumber
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • Litehouse Homestyle Ranch Dressing

Instructions

  1. In a large zipper-topped plastic baggie or a shallow dish, add the chicken, all of the spices, vinegar of choice, and oil. Close the bag and use your hands to mix everything together. If you are using a shallow dish, use tongs to work the spices evenly into the chicken. You can let this rest for up to a half hour or work with it right away. I like to let it rest a minute to increase the flavor.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium to medium-high heat. When the skillet is hot, add the chicken. Cook for 13-15 minutes, turning once, until the chicken is cooked through. Remove the chicken from the pan and let it rest for 10 minutes.
  3. While the chicken cooks, add your salad greens to a shallow serving bowl. Top with tomatoes, bell pepper, bacon, cucumber, and red onion. When the chicken is cool, slice it into thin strips and add it to the salad.
  4. You can dress the salad with Litehouse Homestyle Ranch Dressing before serving or have everyone serve themselves and then dress as they like – it’s up to you.

Notes

This is a great meal to prep ahead of time on your meal prep day! Then when it’s time to eat, you are literally going to put everything together and serve. So easy! Even if you aren’t prepping this ahead of time, it should only take about 30 minutes to get on the table. You’ve got to love that!

  • Category: Dinner
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: chicken bacon ranch salad, easy salad recipes, healthy salad recipes, easy salads, quick salad recipes, chicken salad, healthy chicken salad

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Enjoy this delicious, fresh, simple Chicken Bacon Ranch Salad from my kitchen to yours! Long live all the chicken, bacon, ranch things!

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The BEST Chicken Bacon Ranch Salad of summer is a main dish green salad topped with all of your favorite things such as pan seared chicken, bacon, tomatoes, cucumber, and plenty of ranch dressing!

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4 Responses
  1. Brenda Dawson

    For “The Best Chicken Bacon Ranch Salad of Summer” recipe is the marinade for the chicken made with lime 2T apple cider vinegar or lime juice? Lime juice is mentioned in the instructions but not the ingredient list.

    1. Melissa

      Good eye! That was a mistake on my part (I use the lime juice in a taco recipe and didn’t edit the recipe right), so I have corrected it in the post. You’ll want to use 2T of vinegar of your choice! Thank you for pointing that out.

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I’m Melissa, and I want to help you feed your family wholesome food.

As a hobby farmer and mom of five, I’m all about keeping it simple in the kitchen. I want healthy meals that feed my family well, and then I want to get back to my (messy) life. Let’s work together to find something yummy for your dinner table.

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